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Matthew Tkachuk Looks Like a Hart Trophy Candidate

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Matthew Tkachuk has had a number of memorable moments in his first season with the Florida Panthers. // Photos via AP, @GeorgeRichards, @FlaPanthers and Roger Lee Photographer (561) 866-2000

If Matthew Tkachuk did not already make a strong case for the NHL Hart Trophy — which goes to the league MVP — he certainly made a statement on Thursday night with the Florida Panthers.

Tkachuk willed the Panthers to a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens with a four-point showing and his second hat trick of the season.

He bumped his point total up to 101 in the process, making him the fourth player to hit the 100-point mark this season.

Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Nikita Kucherov are the other members of the 100-point club.

McDavid — who has made scoring 143 points look easy, somehow — is the runaway favorite for the Hart Trophy. No one is questioning that.

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