The three stars were announced this week and Winnipeg’s Jack Roslovic was named the first star of the week for his five goals (all on the power play) and one assist in four games. He had only two goals in his first 46 games, so this was quite a surprise.
Philadelphia netminder Carter Hart was the second star of the week as he was 3-0-0 with a 2.27 GAA and a .931 save percentage. The Flyers are trying to get back in the playoff race and have reeled off seven wins in a row heading into action Monday.
Mika Zibanejad of the Rangers was the third star of the week as he had three goals and six points in three contests including a hat-trick and four points against the Devils.
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TORONTO 6 ANAHEIM 1
It was the biggest night in the NHL life of Andreas Johnsson (perhaps outside of playing in his first NHL game) as he had two goals and two assists to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-1 win over the slumping Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim has won only two of their last 18 games and have fallen out of a playoff spot in the weak Western Conference.
It was a big night for the newest Maple Leaf, defenseman Jake Muzzin as he scored on the power play and added a pair of assists. He has five goals and 24 points this season.
After a scoreless first period, John Tavares, Johnsson and Muzzin scored in the second stanza to give the Leafs a 3-0 lead heading into the third.
Rickard Rakell with his ninth of the season, ruined the shutout bid of Frederik Andersen at the 2:45 mark of the third. But Connor Brown with his fifth and William Nylander with only his second of the season, made it 5-1 at the 6:04 mark of the third and John Gibson was chased from the net for the third time in the last three games. He was replaced by Chad Johnson who gave up Johnsson’s second goal of the game and 12th of the season.
Zach Hyman had a pair of assists for Toronto. Tavares and Nylander also had two points in the win.
Andersen stopped 24 shots to pick up his 23rd win of the season. He has been great in net for Toronto and is a definite candidate at this time for the Vezina.
Gibson made 30 saves on 35 shots before he was pulled. He gave up six goals on 14 shots Saturday in less than a period and has given up 16 goals in his last three games on only 80 shots on goal, playing a total of 115 minutes (less than two full games). All the pucks he has seen this season seem to have taken its toll on him and his stats have gone from great to good. He is 17-18-8 this season.
Ron Hainey and Travis Dermott, the Leafs third defense pairing, were each a plus-four.
Anaheim outhit Toronto 36-11 and had 20 blocked shots to the Leafs 11. It didn’t matter as the Leafs smoked the Ducks.
LOS ANGELES 4 NEW YORK RANGERS 3 (Overtime)
Tyler Toffoli scored 25 seconds into the overtime and gave the Kings a victory as they beat the Rangers 4-3.
The star of the game for the Kings was Adrian Kempe who had a pair of goals and an assist. He has seven goals and 16 points this season.
Mika Zibanejad as mentioned at the top, was the third star of the week, continued his hot pace with a goal and an assist. He has 15 points including nine goals in his last seven games.
Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for his 10th win of the season.
Henrik Lundqvist took the overtime loss as he stopped 26-of-30 shots.
Jeff Carter suffered a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return.
PHILADELPHIA 2 VANCOUVER 1
Make it eight wins in a row for the Philadelphia Flyers as they upended the Vancouver Canucks 2-1.
Carter Hart has been sensational of late for the Flyers and Monday was no exception as he made 41 saves for his seventh straight win. He is 10-5-1 with a 2.48 GAA and a .925 save percentage. Despite his late start to the season (his first NHL game took place on December 18), Hart should be one of the three finalists for the Calder Trophy. He is the only one who can still give Elias Pettersson a run for the Calder as best rookie but will have to continue to lead the Flyers towards a playoff spot. Nevertheless, he is a great keeper in fantasy as he could be the best goalie in a few seasons in the NHL.
Speaking of Pettersson, the Vancouver rookie was held off the scoresheet as the Flyers held him to only one shot on goal.
Boeser had seven shots on goal to lead the Canucks.
Tyler Motte had six hits.
Jacob Markstrom took the loss despite stopping 28-of-30 shots.
Alexander Edler was carted off the ice after his stick got caught in the skate of Voracek, a move that caused him to fall awkwardly and hit his face on the ice. He did not return.
DALLAS 5 ARIZONA 4
The Dallas Stars scored four goals in the third period including two of their three power play goals and knocked off the Arizona Coyotes 5-4.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson opened the scoring with the only goal of the first period. It was his seventh of the season.
Tyler Seguin scored the winner at 12:28 of the third.
Ben Bishop made 38 saves for his 19th win of the season.
Darcy Kuemper had the tough third period but he still made 24 saves in taking the loss.
Goligoski did not return to the game after suffering an upper-body injury. The incident occurred late in the second period.
Derek Stepan had eight shots on goal.
Andreas Johnsson – 2
Adrian Kempe - 2
Johnsson – 2
Zach Hyman – 2
Jake Muzzin - 2
Ilya Kovalchuk – 2
Clayton Keller – 2
Miro Heiskanen – 2
Jamie Benn - 2
Nick Cousins – 2
Shots on Goal
Derek Stepan - 8
Brock Boeser – 7
Tyler Seguin - 6
Tyler Motte - 6
Jesper Fast – 5
Radko Gudas - 5
Brett Ritchie - 15
Jamie Benn - 4
Nick Ritchie – 4