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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: A Night of Firsts

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The NHL named its three stars of the week on Monday and to no one’s surprise, Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild was the first star. He had six goals and seven points in four games but received the honor for his scoring all the Wild’s goals in the last three games.


Nikita Kucherov was the second star of the week. He is second in the NHL with 30 points and lead the NHL in goals with 16. He had two goals and seven points this past season.


The third star was the stud goalie from the Capitals, Braden Holtby who was 3-0-0 with 1.27 GAA and a .952 save percentage.


And congratulations once again to the newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.


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It’s one of the rarer things in hockey. The natural hat trick. Teuvo Teravainen had one in the third period to lift the Hurricanes to a 5-1 win over Dallas.


Teravainen doubled his goal count in one period as he now has six this season. He also chipped in with an assist on Sebastian Aho’s goal in the first period to give him 13 points this season. Teravainen had only one goal in his last 11 games so this should give him a boost of confidence.


A lot of pundits predicted a breakout season this year for Teravainen and he is showing them that they were right. The Hurricanes have only played 16 games thus far and Teravainen is on a clip for 67 points. His career high is 42 points, set last season.


Aho finally got off the schneid as he scored his first of the season to open the scoring. He also had a couple of assists on Teravainen’s goal and has 11 points thus far. He got off to a slow start last season as well as far as goal scoring is concerned but still ended up with 24 goals and 49 points. Could the same be in store for Aho the rest of the way?


It was also a big night for the third member of the line, Jordan Staal who had four assists and was a plus-three. Carolina’s top line combined for 11 points and a plus-nine rating. Hopefully you took them in DFS.


Jeff Skinner also scored for Carolina.


Alexander Radulov had the lone goal for the Stars and it boosted his consecutive scoring streak to eight games.


Scott Darling turned back 25 of 26 shots for the win. He is 5-3-4 this season with a 2.37 GAA and a .910 save percentage as he is proving to be the number one goalie t he Hurricanes needed to acquire in the off-season.


Ben Bishop made 23 saves and had a tough time of it in the third stanza as he gave up four goals on only nine shots.




The Calgary Flames struck for five third period goals, including one into the empty net as they topped the high-flying St. Louis Blues 7-4.


The Flames got a big performance out of their third line as Mark Jankowski scored twice and added an assist to give the young center four points this season.


Even more surprising was Sam Bennett finally breaking out and scoring his first of the season in the Flames 16th game of the schedule. He also had an assist and tripled his point total to three.


The Flames started Mike Smith but after suffering an undisclosed injury, he was pulled at the end of the first period. He made seven saves but gave up two goals. He should be day-to-day for now.


Eddie Lack took over and faced only 15 shots over the last two periods. He also gave up two goals but got the win.


It was a big night for Johnny Gaudreau as the Flames ended their seven game home stand on a winning note. He had a goal and an assist and has 24 points including seven goals, in 17 games. He is on a six game scoring streak.


But the streak ended for Sean Monahan despite the Flames scoring seven times as he failed to hit the scoresheet and had his six-game scoring streak come to an end.


Kris Versteeg with the winner, Michael Frolik and Micheal Ferland added goals for the Flames. Matthew Tkachuk had two assists and has 13 points in 17 games.


Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice for the Blues as both teams combined for three goals in 56 seconds.


Jaden Schwartz continued his excel start to the season with a goal and an assist as he has 24 points. Alexander Steen also had a goal and an assist while Paul Stastny and Brayden Schenn had two assists apiece.


Jake Allen was in for six goals on 36 shots. The seventh goal was scored into the empty net.


Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for NBC Sports Edge. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.