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NHL 3 Stars: Filip Forsberg, Jonathan Huberdeau record dueling five-point games

Despite three games being postponed on Thursday due to COVID, there was still plenty of excitement and historical accomplishments on the ice in the other eight games.

Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin scored his 709th goal and passed Mike Gartner for seventh all-time on the NHL goals list. He is now eight goals behind Phil Esposito.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 23 saves for his 153rd win. The victory passed Ondrej Pavelec for the most in Jets/Atlanta Thrashers history.

First star

Filip Forsberg, LW/RW, Nashville Predators

Filip Forsberg scored the game-winning goal for Nashville in overtime against the Florida Panthers on Thursday. He finished the game with two goals and three assists for his first career five-point game. His performance also matched a Nashville franchise record for points in a regular season game. 

Second star

Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, Florida Panthers

There was a lot of history in Jonathan Huberdeau’s performance on Thursday. He became the sixth player in Florida Panthers history with at least five points in a game. He became the fifth player to score at least 150 goals with the Panthers and he netted his first career NHL hat trick.

Third star

Jason Spezza, C, Toronto Maple Leafs

At 37 years and 236 days, Jason Spezza became the second-oldest player to record a hat trick with the Maple Leafs. It was the eighth of his career and first since April 9, 2016.

Honourable mention

Tim Stützte, C/LW, Ottawa Senators

Rookie Tim Stützle scored a goal and two assists in Ottawa’s 3-2 win over Montréal on Thursday. He scored a goal for the third straight game and recorded his first career NHL multi-point game. He also became the second-youngest Senator to record three or more points in a regular-season game.

Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Kane recorded a goal and three assists in his 14th career four-point game in a 6-4 win over Carolina. His assist in the first period moved him into sixth place in career points by an American-born player.

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NHL Chicago Blackhawks Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Toronto Maple Leafs Washington Capitals Winnipeg Jets Filip Forsberg Connor Hellebuyck Jonathan Huberdeau Patrick Kane Alexander Ovechkin Jason Spezza Tim Stützle
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