NHL: Kessel hat-trick sets up Toronto win over Ottawa
Last Updated: 02/02/14 8:22am
Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel: Toronto Maple Leafs duo celebrate
Phil Kessel scored a hat-trick as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Ottawa Senators 6-3 to notch their sixth successive home victory.
Kessel's third goal from Tyler Bozak's pass put Toronto 4-3 ahead with just under six minutes remaining and the roles were then reversed with 1:33 left when Kessel set up Bozak.
Nazem Kadri added an empty-netter with 28 seconds to go to wrap up the win, while Joffrey Lupul was also on target for the Maple Leafs.
Kessel has now scored 30 goals this season - the second highest in the NHL - and Toronto's (30-21-6) winning home run is their longest since they ended the 2006-07 campaign with 10 straight home victories.
Chris Neil scored two goals, and Colin Greening added one for Ottawa (24-21-10).
Meanwhile, Nate Thompson scored twice, including the winner at 4:36 of overtime, to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
The Lightning now have a five-point advantage over the Canadiens in the Atlantic Division.
Steve Mason posted his second shutout in three games with 35 saves and Wayne Simmonds scored his 100th NHL goal as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Los Angeles 2-0.
Jamie McGinn had two goals and an assist and Gabriel Landeskog also scored two goals as Colorado Avalanche thrashed the Buffalo Sabres 7-1.
David Krejci scored a second-period power-play goal and Chad Johnson made 22 saves for his second career shutout as the Boston Bruins saw off the Edmonton Oilers 4-0.
Zbynek Michalek scored against his former team - his first goal in 83 games - as the Phoenix Coyotes became the first Pacific Division team to beat Eastern Conference leaders Pittsburgh Penguins in regulation this season with a 3-1 victory in Arizona.
Linemates Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist in the first period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Florida Panthers 4-1.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored and added an assist in regulation, and then netted the deciding goal in a shootout as the St Louis Blues edged out the Nashville Predators 4-3.