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Skinner's big game propels Hurricanes

1/3/2014

Hurricanes 4, Capitals 3 (F/OT)

* Jeff Skinner (CAR): GW OT goal (first career OT goal); second career hat trick (other was Dec. 5, 2013)

* Jeff Skinner (CAR): first Hurricane with hat trick and third goal is OT game-winner since Erik Cole (Dec. 21, 2001)

* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): ends season-long four-game goalless streak; three goals in four games vs CAR this season

* Nicklas Backstrom (WSH): six assists vs CAR this season (most vs any opponent)

FROM ELIAS: Jeff Skinner completed his second hat trick of the season (and of his career) with an overtime goal that gave the Hurricanes a 4–3 win over the Capitals. Skinner is only the third player in Whalers/Hurricanes franchise history to score three or more goals in one game, including an overtime winner. The others were Hartford’s Kevin Dineen (Dec. 21, 1986 at N.Y. Rangers) and Carolina’s Erik Cole (Dec. 21, 2001 vs. Atlanta).

Bruins 3, Predators 2 (OT)

* Brad Marchand (BOS): first career OT goal

* Jarome Iginla (BOS): goal; extends point streak to six games

* Bruins: won three straight games that went to OT

* Bruins: 2-0-0 vs Predators this season

Islanders 3, Blackhawks 2 (F/OT)

* Kyle Okposo (NYI): fourth career OT goal (first since Dec. 26, 2009)

* Islanders: three straight wins for first time this season

* Islanders: first OT win this season

* Blackhaws: 5-0-3 in past eight games