You guys, the NHL goals race is getting uncomfortably tight.
A week after Alex Ovechkin was projected to be the only player to hit 50 goals this season, John Tavares ] and Leon Draisaitl had career-best games on consecutive nights, narrowing the Russian machine's goal lead.
Tavares' four goals
On Monday night, Tavares scored four goals in the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-5 win over the Florida Panthers. That brought Tavares' goal total to 45, a career high and his first-ever four-goal game. He also became the first Leafs player in 25 years to score 45 goals or more in a season.
Draisaitl's hat trick
Who needs goalies, right? Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Draisaitl both recorded the tricks on Tuesday night to bring the Edmonton Oilers to a 8-4 win over the LA Kings. The last time that happened in the Oilers franchise was in 1985, also against the Kings.