Even Brendan Shanahan had to tip his hat to Viktor Kozlov.
Kozlov scored a career-high four goals to lead the New York Islanders to a wild 7-4 triumph over the New York Rangers.
It was the fifth victory in the last seven games for the Islanders (14-9-3), who moved one point ahead of the rival Rangers (13-10-4) and the New Jersey Devils (14-9-2) for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Kozlov netted his first tally late in the opening period as the Islanders built an early 4-0 lead.
But the Rangers rallied for three straight goals in the second period and drew within 5-4 at 7:01 of the final session when Shanahan scored off a rebound to complete his 18th career hat trick.
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