TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Daniel Alfredsson had a hat trick and a career-best seven points Thursday in leading Ottawa to an 8-4 whipping of Tampa Bay.
Ottawa finished the first half of the NHL season with the best record in the Eastern Conference.
As part of his big night, Alfredsson reached 500 assists for his career. That milestone came when he assisted on a goal by Randy Robitaille 1:39 into the third period. Alfredsson leads the league with 67 points.
Johan Holmqvist, who shut out Ottawa last Saturday, was removed from the game after giving up three goals on 14 shots.