Alex Killorn's Hat Trick, Brad Marchand's Winner, Top Highlights from March 16

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 17, 2019

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) celebrates his third goal of the night during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning moved another step closer to clinching the Presidents' Trophy on Saturday, a night when one of their forwards picked up his first-career hat-trick. 

The Lightning's 6-3 victory over the Washington Capitals was their 55th win of the 2018-19 NHL season, and it kept them 19 points ahead of their closest competition. 

The Boston Bruins won't catch the Lightning in the Atlantic Division, but they are still playing solid hockey and did so Saturday night in front of UFC star Conor McGregor. 

Over in the Western Conference, Corey Crawford turned in one of his best performances in net for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators earned a road win over the San Jose Sharks. 


Saturday's NHL Scores

St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 1

Detroit 2, New York Islanders 1

Florida 4, Los Angeles 3

Winnipeg 2, Calgary 1

Boston 2, Columbus 1 (Final/OT)

Chicago 2, Montreal 0

Ottawa 6, Toronto 2

Tampa Bay 6, Washington 3

Carolina 4, Buffalo 2

Minnesota 5, New York Rangers 2

Edmonton 3, Arizona 2 (Final/OT) 

Nashville 4, San Jose 2


Killorn's 1st-Career Hat-Trick 


Count it, we've got an @Enterprise hat trick for you. That's three for @Akillorn19. https://t.co/DYHqVgrBjD



Marchand Honors McGregor with GW Goal Celebration 

Boston Bruins @NHLBruins

The man is unstoppable in OT. @Bmarch63 | #NHLBruins https://t.co/PhwgSdPrpt


Crawford's Double Denial 


Casual robbery by Crow. https://t.co/GJuIbGQn5X


McDavid's OT Game-Winner

Edmonton Oilers @EdmontonOilers

A little sudden death McDavid magic for tonight's @EASPORTSNHL OT winner from Arizona! #LetsGoOilers https://t.co/2zuLsSZBkQ


Jordan Staal's 500th Point 

Sportsnet @Sportsnet

Jordan Staal joins the 5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ point club! https://t.co/KRAm2vUpvW


Paajarvi Scores Twice in 2nd for Ottawa 

Ottawa Senators @Senators

Paajarvi's second of the second. #GoSensGo https://t.co/SJeCCaXaAP


Gibbons Scores While Falling Down 


Wait a second. What just happened? Is this on purpose or no? 🇨🇦 HNIC: https://t.co/jDkCYXkoim https://t.co/XjvULtnPz0


Tavares' 40th Toronto Goal 


Welcome to the 4️⃣0️⃣-goal club, @91Tavares. https://t.co/sIH3ChM1Ui


Dunn Becomes 3rd Blues Defenseman to Hit 10 Goals 

NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

Vince Dunn joined Alex Pietrangelo (12) and Colton Parayko (10) to mark the first time in @StLouisBlues franchise history to witness three defensemen reaching the 10-goal mark in a season. https://t.co/JT0BnkIvAJ #NHLStats #STLvsPIT https://t.co/Up3ktrtyAJ


Forsberg, Johansen Hit Milestones on Nashville's Game-Winner

Nashville Predators @PredsNHL

😍😍😍 That's 300 career points for Filip Forsberg. And 400 career points for Ryan Johansen with the assist. #Preds | #NSHvsSJS https://t.co/UWNHhhMaCX


Killorn Powers Lighting to 55th Win

Alex Killorn stole the spotlight away from Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos for a night, as he recorded his first-career hat-trick against the Washington Capitals.

Killorn had to wait to complete his three-goal performance until the latter stages of the third period after he scored twice in the first stanza.

The third goal sealed the victory, as it put the Lightning up by two goals late in third. Killorn revealed it felt good to earn the hat-trick and finish off the win, per the team's official Twitter account:

x - Tampa Bay Lightning @TBLightning

Killorn on his first career hat trick: “Felt good. Especially when the third goal kind of seals the victory a bit.” #WSHvsTBL

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper heaped plenty of praise on Killorn after the game, as he praised his work rate and physical play, per the team's Twitter account:

x - Tampa Bay Lightning @TBLightning

Cooper on Killorn: “Take the goals away, he was still one of the top players on the ice. How physical he was, he wanted the puck.” #WSHvsTBL

With the victory, Tampa Bay set new franchise records for wins and points in a single season, and it became the fourth team in the past 22 years—and 12th overall—to record 55 wins, per NHL Public Relations:

NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

The @TBLightning collected their 55th win and 114th point to establish single-season franchise marks, after also doing so in 2017-18 (54-23-5, 113 points). #NHLStats #WSHvsTBL https://t.co/MC9nnCXLNS

With 10 games left in the regular season, the Lightning are inching closer to hoisting the Presidents' Trophy with every win, and they should have it locked up before March is over.


Bruins Earn Big Win with McGregor in Attendance

Boston's victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets moved the Bruins five points from 100 while stopping Saturday's opponent from collecting the most points possible in a tight Eastern Conference wild-card race.

Brad Marchand's overtime game-winner triggered a celebration in honor of McGregor, who was in attendance at TD Garden. Marchand also set a career high in points on the game-winner, per the team's official Twitter account:

Boston Bruins @NHLBruins

With two points tonight, @Bmarch63 now has 87 for the season. That is a new career high. #NHLBruins https://t.co/ZTtii7fbCn

Boston's Twitter account shared a terrific photo of McGregor with the Bruins players in the locker room:

Boston Bruins @NHLBruins

Someone was jacked up. 💪 @TheNotoriousMMA | #NHLBruins https://t.co/MtXpOju9oD

McGregor used the same photo to tweet out a message from his Twitter account:

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

When I say “Boston!” You say “Strong” “BOSTON!”... https://t.co/RdcuJS34Ek

Marchand later tweeted his thoughts on his re-enactment of McGregor's Octagon celebration:

Brad Marchand @Bmarch63

I didnt win a belt like @TheNotoriousMMA but I thought I nailed the legendary strut no? https://t.co/kvD7vJO0Fu

The UFC star has had success inside TD Garden, as he defeated Max Holloway in 2013 and Dennis Siver in 2015 in the arena.


Crawford Shines in Chicago's Shutout Of Montreal 

The Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens have been playing since the Original Six days, but only one player had earned the same achievement Corey Crawford hit before Saturday.

Crawford joined Tony Esposito in elite company as the only Blackhawks goalies to earn multiple road shutouts against the Canadiens, per NHL Public Relations: 

NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

Corey Crawford joined Tony Esposito as just the second netminder in @NHLBlackhawks franchise history to record multiple road shutouts against the Canadiens. #NHLStats #CHIvsMTL https://t.co/tJnxtqT0bj https://t.co/JAPBKyFHzz

The result was extra special for Crawford, who is a Montreal native, as he improved his record in Quebec to 9-2-2, per the team's official Twitter account: 

Chicago Blackhawks @NHLBlackhawks

La vie en Crow. Corey Crawford, a Montreal native, improved to 9-2-2 with a .954 save percentage in 13 appearances against his hometown club. #crOwMG https://t.co/df4cIokPcX

Saturday's victory also carried significance in the Western Conference playoff race, as the Blackhawks are trying to make a push for one of the two wild-card positions. 

Entering Sunday, Chicago is fourth in the wild-card race and needs to make up five points on Arizona and six on Dallas to move into the playoff positions. 


Sunday's NHL Schedule

New Jersey at Colorado (3 p.m. ET) 

St. Louis at Buffalo (5 p.m. ET, NHL Network) 

New York Islanders at Minnesota (6 p.m. ET, ESPN+) 

Vancouver at Dallas (7 p.m. ET) 

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) 

Florida at Anaheim (9 p.m. ET) 

Edmonton at Vegas (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN) 


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