Big nights for Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Eaves and Connor McDavid, Leafs Nazem Kadri fined, Blackhawks to host 2017 NHL Draft and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Patrick Eaves scored three goals to lead the Stars past the Blackhawks, 4-2. Alex Ovechkin’s 14th career hat trick helped the Capitals improve to a league-best 20-5-2 on the road. Details in your NHL hat trick.

Notable NHL Headlines.

Oilers rookie Connor McDavid celebrates a goal against the Maple Leafs.

Oilers rookie Connor McDavid celebrates a goal against the Maple Leafs.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Connor McDavid had a five-point night (two goals, three assists) and Jordan Eberle collected a hat trick as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2.

TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri was fined $5,000.00 by the NHL for making a throat-slashing gesture at Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings defenseman Christian Ehrhoff cleared waivers and was demoted to their AHL affiliate.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets re-signed defenseman Ryan Murray to a two-year, $5.65 million contract extension effective 2016-17.

THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison (lower-body injury) is sidelined three-to-five weeks.

CSNNE.COM:  Boston Bruins goalie Malcolm Subban was released from hospital Thursday following surgery for a fractured larynx and will be sidelined for a minimum of eight weeks.

YAHOO SPORTS:  The NHL announced the Chicago Blackhawks will host the 2017 NHL Draft.

ESPN.COM: Father and son Olympians Bill and Dave Christian are auctioning off their Olympic Gold medals. Bill won his playing for Team USA in men’s ice hockey at the 1960 Olympics, while Dave was part of the American “Miracle on Ice” squad that won gold in 1980.

BLOOMBERG:  The weak Canadian dollar is resulting in higher escrow payments for NHL players.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect escrow to be at the top of the NHLPA’s agenda in the next round of collective bargaining with the league.