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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

- Hard to believe that a player playing in Montreal could be having the kind of season Max Pacioretty is having and do it semi under the radar.

Pacioretty has recorded three hat tricks already this season – only Joe Pavelski of San Jose and Tyler Seguin of Dallas – have managed to duplicate that feat. He is just the fourth Montreal player in the NHL’s expansion era to record three or more hat tricks in a season and with 39 goals, he has moved into a tie with Pavelski for third place in the NHL goal-scoring race behind Alex Ovechkin (49) and Corey Perry (41, going into Sunday’s game with the Edmonton Oilers).

What’s more remarkable is that 29 of those goals came at even strength, just behind Perry, who had 34 even-strength goals and just seven on the power play....

- How about this for a career revival? Ilya Bryzgalov, unemployed at the start of the season and unwanted by the Western Conference’s last place team, the Edmonton Oilers, is 5-0-3 is his first eight decisions for the Minnesota Wild, which picked him up at the trading deadline, largely as an insurance policy. With Bryzgalov getting the majority of the starts down the stretch, the Wild has solidified its hold on the first wild card spot in the West and if the season finished today, would cross over to play Anaheim in the opening round.


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