The NHL handed out its monthly awards Sunday and Connor McDavid was awarded the first star for his 13 goals and 26 points in 14 games during the month of November. He took over the scoring lead Saturday from teammate Leon Draisaitl and has 49 points, one better than his winger.
Nathan MacKinnon was named the second star as he had 10 goals and 25 points despite losing his linemates Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog for all but one game (Rantanen returned on November 30 and had a goal and three assists while Landeskog missed the entire month).
The third star was Patrick Kane who is currently on a 15-game points streak, all in the month of November. The Blackhawks star had 11 goals and 24 points.
Cale Makar was named the rookie of the month and deservedly so. The defenseman had seven goals and 16 points in 14 games with a plus-10 rating. He is the first rookie defenseman to get seven goals in one month since Brian Leetch of the Rangers did so in January 1989.
There were three games in the NHL Sunday.
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MINNESOTA 3 DALLAS 2 (Shootout)
Mikko Koivu made sure that his 1,000th NHL game was going to be a winning one as he scored the shootout winner and gave the Wild a 3-2 win over Dallas.
Koivu also picked up his 700th career point as he had an assist.
Both Minnesota goals were scored on the power play as Zach Parise and Kevin Fiala each had a goal and an assist. Parise has a goal in four straight games and has found the back of the net eight times in his last nine contests.
John Klingberg scored only his second goal of the season and it also was a power play effort while Blake Comeau gave the Stars a 2-1 third period lead with an unassisted goal before Parise tied the game with 2:30 left in the third.
Alex Stalock stopped 26-of-28 in regulation and overtime to pick up his seventh win of the season. Stalock has been instrumental in the Wild’s current nine-game streak in which they have not lost in regulation, going 6-0-3. Stalock is 5-0-3 in his last eight decisions and has a very creditable .912 save percentage.
Ben Bishop was in net for Dallas and turned aside 27 shots in regulation and extra time. But he let in three-of-four in the shootout as Stalock only let two get by him.
Bishop is 9-6-2 with an outstanding 2.20 GAA and a .928 save percentage and is a must start in fantasy.
Fiala had eight shots on goal while teammate Eric Staal had six.
BOSTON 3 MONTREAL 1
The Boston Bruins stormed back from a 1-0 deficit by scoring three third period goals and upending the Montreal Canadiens 3-1.
The Bruins have won seven in a row as they won all three last week and all four this week after the victory over Montreal.
The Canadiens got off to a 1-0 lead in the first on a goal by Joel Armia just 1:58 into the first. They nursed that lead until the 6:16 mark of the third period when David Pastrnak scored his NHL-leading 25th goal of the season.
David Backes gave the Bruins a lead they would never relinquish as he potted his first of the season at the 10:29 mark, on the power play. He was playing in his first game since November 2 against Ottawa as he suffered an upper-body injury after a violent collision with the Senators Scott Sabourin who was stretchered off the ice.
Jake DeBrusk with his sixth of the season, clinched the game at the 13:27 mark.
Tuukka Rask made 28 saves and won his sixth straight game. He has given up 11 goals on his winning streak on 194 shots and is 13-2-2 this season.
Carey Price carried a shutout into the third period but it went south from there. He made 31 saves including 20 in the first two periods when he kept the Bruins at bay.
Armia led both teams with seven shots on goal as well as six hits.
EDMONTON 3 VANCOUVER 2
Leon Draisaitl scored twice to lead the Oilers to a 3-2 win over Vancouver as the teams split a home-and-home series with both teams winning on the road.
Both of Draisaitl’s goals were on the power play, giving him 18 goals this season.
Josh Archibald also scored for Edmonton as he opened the scoring with his first of the season.
Mikko Koskinen stopped 29 shots and picked up his 10th win of the season. He is 10-2-2 with a 2.52 GAA and a .921 save percentage.
Jacob Markstrom tended the net for Vancouver and made 25 saves in taking the loss. He is 8-7-3 and saw his three-game winning streak snapped.
Jordie Benn had seven shots on goal.
Leon Draisaitl - 2
Connor McDavid – 2
Alex Chiasson - 2
Shots on Goal
Kevin Fiala – 8
Joel Armia – 7
Jordie Benn - 7
Eric Staal - 6
Joel Armia - 6
Jamie Oleksiak – 4
Ryan Donato – 4
Loui Eriksson - 4