Steven Stamkos was the second star as he managed to score five goals and add three assists in four games while his former teammate J.T. Miller was the third star with three goals and seven points in four games.
There may be a conclusion to the Dustin Byfuglien drama in Winnipeg as the two sides are working on a mutual contract termination. This could be very important for the Jets as it frees up $7.6 million in cap space if the deal gets done.
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FLORIDA 5 TORONTO 3
Mark Pysyk had only four goals in 39 contests entering Monday’s game but he picked up his first career hat trick to lead the Panthers to a 5-3 come-from-behind win over the Maple Leafs.
It was a costly loss for Toronto who lost the services of goaltender Frederik Andersen after the first period with an upper-body injury. Fortunately, at least for now, he went through concussion protocol and the results looked good but the doctors will check on the netminder Tuesday to see how he is feeling.
The Panthers scored the only goal of the first period with Pysyk’s first of the game but second period goals by John Tavares on the power play, and William Nylander with his career-best 25th of the season, gave Toronto a 2-1 lead heading into the third.
Auston Matthews quickly upped the lead to 3-1 just 38 seconds into the third but it was all Florida after that Pysyk with his second, Jonathan Huberdeau on the power play and Mike Hoffman, made it 4-3 just past the halfway mark of the third. Pysyk’s hat trick goal into the empty net, sealed the victory for Florida as they moved ahead of Toronto into third place in the Atlantic Division.
Sergei Bobrovsky won his fifth game in his last six starts by stopping 31 shots. He is 20-13-4 with a 3.25 GAA and a .898 save percentage.
Andersen stopped seven-of-eight shots and left after the first period. Michael Hutchinson went the rest of the way and gave up three goals on 13 shots to take the loss.
Matthews had seven shots on goal to lead both sides.
Pysyk and Matheson were each a plus-three on the night.
Aleksander Barkov was unable to go after suffering a lower-body injury Saturday night against Montreal.
DALLAS 5 NEW YORK RANGERS 3
Joe Pavelski scored a couple of power play goals in the first period and led the Dallas Stars to a 5-3 win over the Rangers.
It has not been a good offensive season for Pavelski who finally hit double-digits in goals with 11 as he scored both just 16 seconds apart. He has had at least 64 points in each of his last six seasons but has only 22 points in 52 games this season, his first in Dallas, after 13 years in San Jose.
It was also a big night for Stephen Johns as the defenseman scored once and added an assist. It was his first goal since February 16, 2018 as he missed all of last season with post-traumatic headaches, as well as most of this season as Monday’s game was only his fourth contest of the season.
Anton Khudobin stopped 33 shots for the win. He is 12-7-1 with great peripherals as he has a 2.34 GAA and a .927 save percentage.
Henrik Lundqvist picked up a rare start for New York as the Rangers are going with three goalies on their roster. Lundqvist stopped only 11-of-15 shots before being replaced at the start of the third period. Alexandar Georgiev took over and stopped five of six shots in the third. Lundqvist is 10-11-3 with a 3.13 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
Lemieux had seven hits in the loss.
Kaapo Kakko picked up an assist on Lemiux’s goal. It was his first point in 11 games as the rookie had been in a prolonged slump.
PHILADELPHIA 3 DETROIT 0
Brian Elliott turned aside all 16 shots that the bottom-dwelling Detroit Red Wings managed to take and picked up his second shutout of the season in the Flyers 3-0 win.
Elliott is 13-5-4 this season and is 4-0-2 in his last six games, taking over the starting gig from the injured Carter Hart.
Matt Niskanen completed the scoring into the empty net as he also scored shorthanded.
Jonathan Bernier picked up the start in the Detroit cage and stopped 28 of 30 shots. He is 10-14-2 with a 2,89 GAA and a .908 save percentage which is not too shabby on a very poor Detroit squad.
Mark Pysyk – 3
Joe Pavelski – 2
Mike Matheson – 3
Tyler Seguin – 2
Jamie Benn – 2
Mitch Marner - 2
Shots on Goal
Auston Matthews – 7
Darren Helm - 6
Stephen Johns – 8
Brendan Lemieux - 7
Two by many players