Viktor Kozlov put the New York Islanders in first place with the first four-goal game of his NHL career.
Kozlov's scoring spree offset Brendan Shanahan's 18th hat trick and helped the Islanders take the Atlantic Division lead with a 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers last night.
"This is the first time I ever had four goals in any game, maybe except junior," Kozlov said. "It's not only me, but it's my linemates and my team."
Kozlov's wrist shot from the slot beat Kevin Weekes to the glove side with 6:08 left and he completed the scoring on another wrist shot with 1:36 left.
With their fifth victory in seven games, the Islanders pushed their points total to 31, one more than the Rangers and New Jersey Devils.
"It'll definitely make the bus ride back to Long Island a bit happier," Rick DiPietro said, "but it's not like we've clinched the division. There's still a lot of hockey left."
Miroslav Satan and Chris Simon each had a goal and assist for the Islanders, and Arron Asham also scored. DiPietro made 39 saves.
Jaromir Jagr had the other goal for the Rangers in their first outright loss in seven games (3-1-3).
Henrik Lundqvist started in goal for the Rangers and stopped four of eight first-period shots as the Islanders took a 4-0 lead into the second period. Weekes made 10 saves in the final two periods.
Kings 3, Ducks 2 -- Dan Cloutier stopped 27 shots, Alexander Frolov scored twice, and Los Angeles beat host Anaheim to end a seven-game losing streak against the Ducks that included a 4-3 loss Saturday in Los Angeles.
Frolov's second goal, with 1:16 remaining, gave the Kings an insurance goal. It turned out they needed it because the Ducks' Todd Marchant scored with 38 seconds left.
The Kings also snapped a five-game overall winning streak by Anaheim, which lost for the third time in regulation this season.
Derek Armstrong broke a 1-1 tie at 9:25 of the second period, collecting the puck in front of the Ducks' net and flipping a backhander past Ilya Bryzgalov on the glove side.
Bryzgalov, making his first start since Nov. 17, stopped 30 of 32 shots before he was injured with 12:34 remaining. Jean-Sebastien Giguere replaced him and faced nine shots.