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

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

 

                       

Marchand Honors McGregor with GW Goal Celebration 

                         

Crawford's Double Denial 

                        

McDavid's OT Game-Winner

                     

Jordan Staal's 500th Point 

                   

Paajarvi Scores Twice in 2nd for Ottawa 

                     

Gibbons Scores While Falling Down 

                         

Tavares' 40th Toronto Goal 

                       

Dunn Becomes 3rd Blues Defenseman to Hit 10 Goals 

               

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

                     

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:

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:

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:

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

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

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

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: 

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: 

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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