Andrew Shaw and the Montreal Canadiens stood out the most on a Tuesday night in which five NHL teams scored five or more goals.
Shaw recorded his first-career hat trick in Montreal's 8-1 demolition of the Detroit Red Wings during Tuesday's 11-game slate across North America.
The Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins joined Montreal in scoring five or more goals, but it was a team who netted four times Tuesday that earned the night's biggest win.
The Boston Bruins, who have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, knocked off the San Jose Sharks, which is the second-best team in the Western Conference, thanks to four different scorers, one of whom tied a franchise record.
Tuesday's NHL Scores
Boston 4, San Jose 1
Calgary 3, New York Islanders 1
Philadelphia 5, Buffalo 2
Washington 7, Ottawa 2
Carolina 6, Los Angeles 1
Pittsburgh 5, Columbus 2
Montreal 8, Detroit 1
St. Louis 2, Nashville 0
Minnesota 3, Winnipeg 2
Arizona 4, Florida 3 (Final/Shootout)
Vegas 4, Dallas 1
Shaw Records 1st-Career Hat Trick
Matthew Tkachuk Goes Between the Legs for Goal
Marchand Ties Bruins' Short-Handed Goal Record
Vinnie Hinostroza Wins Shootout for Coyotes
Sebastian Aho Hits 70-Point Mark
Mikael Backlund Goes Top Shelf
T.J. Oshie's Sweet Chip Over Goalie
Tomas Tatar's Quick Stick Work
JVR's Well-Timed Deflection
Capitals Score 6 Straight on Ottawa
Shaw's Hat Trick Headlines Montreal's Rout
Shaw's first goal of the night in the second period kicked off a scoring frenzy for the Canadiens, who put eight goals past the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Although the Canadiens and Red Wings have played plenty of times over the years, Shaw's treble was the first on the road for Montreal in Detroit since 1990, per TSN StatsCentre:
The seven-goal margin of victory was the largest for the Canadiens in Detroit since the 1978 NHL playoffs, and they have now won eight straight over the Red Wings, which is the longest streak in the series, per Stats.com:
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The @CanadiensMTL defeated the Red Wings, 8-1, for their largest margin of victory in Detroit since an 8-0 win in Game 4 of the 1978 NHL Quarterfinals. The Habs have now won 8 straight over the Red Wings, the longest streak by either side in a series that dates back to 1926-27.
In addition to Shaw's three-goal performance, the Canadiens benefited from Max Domi's five-point night, which was his highest output in a single NHL game.
Tomas Tatar, Brendan Gallagher and Joel Armia all contributed a goal for Montreal, which remains in the top wild-card position in the East with the victory.
The Canadiens lead Pittsburgh by one point and Columbus by two points in a wild-card race that is expected to go down to the wire.
Bruins Extend Point Streak by Beating Sharks
With their 4-1 win over San Jose, the Bruins extended their point streak to 14 games, a run that dates back to January 29.
Boston has won eight of its past nine games, and its only loss in that stretch was in a shootout to St. Louis Saturday.
The Bruins broke the game open in the second period, as Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk and Brad Marchand found the back of the net.
Marchand's goal tied him with Rick Middleton for the most short-handed goals in team history with 25, per the team's official Twitter account.
Marchand credited the team's play in the first period for setting the tone for the rest of the game, per NHL.com's Matt Kalman.
"I think we played a pretty strong first, and if you continue to play that way consistently through three periods, you're going to get some bounces and you're going to make some plays," Marchand said.
Even though they're riding one of the best point streaks of the season, the Bruins are still 17 back of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division, and one slip up could lead to Toronto narrowing the gap between second and third, which stands at three points.
Wednesday's NHL Schedule
Edmonton at Toronto (7 p.m. ET)
Calgary at New Jersey (7 p.m. ET)
Tampa Bay at New York Rangers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
Vancouver at Colorado (9:30 p.m. ET)
Chicago at Anaheim (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
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