The Buzzer: Vrana tricks Flames; Kane the OT hero for Blackhawks

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Three Stars

1. Jakub Vrana, Washington Capitals

Vrana recorded his first career NHL hat trick during a 4-2 win over the Flames and now has five goals in his last two games. He’s the sixth player in Capitals franchise history to score the team’s first goal five-plus times through 16 games in a season, according to the NHL.

The special night for Vrana also put him on a unique list as he became the fifth different Czech player to record a hat trick for the Capitals, joining Michal Pivonka, Jaroslav Svejkovsky, Jaromir Jagr, and Robert Lang.

2. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Kane picked up the overtime winner during a 3-2 win over the Ducks after just 24 seconds. With the goal, he passed Stan Mikita (33) for second-most career game winning goals away from home in Blackhawks history, with only Bobby Hull (39) owning more. He tallied his fourth goal of the season, which was also his 950th career NHL point, thanks to a lovely dish from captain Jonathan Toews.

3. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks captain became the first player in franchise history to play 1,000 games with the team. He’s now appeared in exactly 50% of the all-time regular season games played by the Ducks (1,000 of 2,000). Per the NHL, he’s the eighth active player to appear in his first 1,000 career games with the same team, and the 53rd all-time.

There were many honors during the evening for Getzlaf. There was the in-game tribute from the fans inside Honda Center…

And there was also the sweet pre-game video featuring his four kids:

Highlight of the Night

• Congrats to Blackhawks defenseman Adam Boqvist who scored his first NHL goal Sunday night.

• Be sure to catch up on an exciting night for the World Series champion Washington Nationals during the Capitals win.

Factoid of the Night

Scores
Capitals 4, Flames 2
Blackhawks 3, Ducks 2 (OT)

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.