Joe Pavelski's stellar season just keeps getting better and better.
Pavelski's first score cashed in a rebound try on the power play at 6:28 of the second period. He picked up his second tally early in the third period, beating goalie Ben Scrivens stick-side, and completed the hat trick with a shot over Scrivens' shoulder at the 13 minute mark. His three-goal night tied him with Anahiem's Corey Perry for second in the league goal-scoring race with 37 apiece.
Pavelski also picked up an assist in San Jose's 5-2 win.
His wasn't the only hat trick on Tuesday night. David Backes recorded one in St. Louis' win over Toronto.
It was quite a night for offense in the NHL. Pavelski's Sharks, the Avalanche, Blues, Islanders and Kings all scored five goals and another five teams pumped in four. All of the teams that tallied five won their games, but four scores proved to be enough for only Columbus and Chicago.