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NHL: 4 stories from Friday night

02/07/2015 12:40 EST | Updated 04/08/2015 05:59 EDT
The Vancouver Canucks took down a rival for an elusive second consecutive victory, Shawn Matthias and Joe Pavelski each earned hat tricks, while Marian Hossa continued his goal-scoring streak. 

Here are four stories from Friday night:

Canucks end drought

A rivalry that began in the Stanley Cup finals four years ago continued Friday night with a 5-2 Vancouver Canucks' win over the Boston Bruins in their first meeting of the season.

The victory marks the first time the Canucks have been successful in back-to-back games in almost a month. 

Although teammate Shawn Matthias had the biggest night, right wing Radim Vrbata extended a point-scoring streak to eight games with his 21st goal of the season. 

Milestone night for Matthias

Vancouver Canucks left winger Shawn Matthias hit a career milestone in his team's win over the rival Boston Bruins.

The 26-year-old earned his first NHL hat trick to score his 13th goal of the season on Friday the 13th. The day clearly brought him nothing but luck. 

The accomplishment is made that much sweeter given that Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask hasn't allowed more than two goals against in nine of his last 10 starts prior to Friday.

Veteran forward on a tear

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has had a pretty great week. The 36-year-old veteran managed to extend his goal scoring streak to four games on Friday night. 

In a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils, Hossa's seventh goal in four games helped end the Blackhawks' two-game winless streak at home. 

Heading into Friday's match, he had two goals in each of his last three games. Although he fell short of his two goals a game pace, Hossa had the primary assist on Jonathan Toews game-winner. 

Pavelski nets hat trick

San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski moved into the third spot in the NHL goal-scoring race with his first hat trick of the season. 

In the Sharks 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes, the 30-year-old scored his 31st goal of the season on an empty net late in the third period to put the game out of reach. 

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