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Hockey Daily Dose

Laughton's hat trick vaults Flyers to win

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: February 10, 2021, 5:23 am ET

Usually, Super Bowl Sunday has two or three games in the afternoon with most if not all played in Canada.

Not this year.

There were seven games scheduled on Sunday with none North of the Border. But due to the COVID, two games were postponed including Colorado at St. Louis and Arizona at Minnesota.

That leaves a not-so-busy five game schedule, highlighted by the 12 PM ET game between Philadelphia and Washington.

In other news, Pierre-Luc Dubois finally got on the ice with his new teammates in Winnipeg as he completed his 14-day quarantine as mandated by the Canadian government, and practiced with the Jets in preparation for his first game on Tuesday with Winnipeg.

Congratulations go out to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winners of the Super Bowl. It has been an amazing last 12 months in Tampa as the Lightning won the Stanley Cup and the Rays went to the World Series.

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PHILADELPHIA 7 WASHINGTON 4

It was a wild one in Washington Sunday afternoon with plenty of fantasy highs and lows.

Scott Laughton quadrupled his goal output for the season as he had the hat trick to lead the Flyers to a 7-4 win over Washington.

It was a big game for Sean Couturier as well as he returned to action after missing 10 games with a rib injury and potted two goals and an assist. The Flyers missed him and he should be back as a top-two center before too long. He started the game with Michael Raffl and Nicolas Aube-Kubel on the fourth line.

The Capitals got production from their top line and nothing else as Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom combined for 11 points with Ovechkin scoring twice and adding a pair of assists while Wilson had a goal and three helpers. Backstrom had a goal and two assists as well as the Flyers were able

to hold the other three lines in check.

Lars Eller also drew an assist as he returned to action for the first time since January 26 from an upper-body injury. Unfortunately, he was a minus-four, as was linemate Richard Panik.

James van Riemsdyk continued his hot-start to the season with a goal and an assist. The winger is on a seven-game scoring streak and has four goals and 13 points in the seven contests. He has seven goals and 18 points this season, good for fourth overall in NHL scoring.

Defenseman Robert Hagg scored his first of the season.

Carter Hart stopped 33 shots for the win. He is 5-2-2 this season with a 3.49 GAA and a .897 save percentage. His win total is great but his peripherals are likely hurting your fantasy team.

Vitek Vanecek gave up four goals on only 14 shots before being pulled at the 16:36 mark of the third period. He wasn’t saddled with the loss as that went to Craig Anderson who gave up two goals on eight shots in his first appearance in a Washington uniform. Vanecek’s record remains at 5-2-2 but his GAA of 3.17 and .903 save percentage leave a lot to be desired. Vanecek has given up 17 goals in his last five games on only 149 shots.

Joel Farabee had three assists while Raffl had a pair.

Couturier and Raffl each were a plus-four.  

VEGAS 4 LOS ANGELES 3

Chandler Stephenson scored twice including the power play game-winner early in the third as the Golden Knights improved to 7-1-1 with a 4-3 home ice win over Los Angeles.

Robin Lehner picked up the win, stopping 29-of-32 shots to go to 3-1-1.

Reilly Smith with his third and defenseman Zach Whitecloud with his first of the season, also scored for the Golden Knights.

Anze Kopitar with his second, Adrian Kempe and Jaret Anderson-Dolan, with his first career goal, replied for Los Angeles. Kopitar has 12 assists this season and is among the league-leaders in points.

Cal Petersen made 29 saves in taking the loss.

Alec Martinez had a good afternoon with an assist, three shots on goal, two hits and four blocked shots.

CHICAGO 2 DALLAS 1 (Overtime)

Alex DeBrincat scored both Chicago goals including the overtime winner as the Blackhawks won their first game without Kevin Lankinen between the pipes, upsetting the Dallas Stars 2-1.

The Stars are 1-2-2 in their last five games after getting off to a 4-0 start while Chicago is now 5-4-4.

Malcolm Subban picked up a rare start and made 30 saves in recording his first victory of the season.

Jason Robertson scored his first career goal as he was the only Star to beat Subban.

Jake Oettinger was in the Dallas cage after Anton Khudobin was punished for an undisclosed reason and was not in the lineup. Oettinger took the overtime loss and is 2-0-1 with a 2.27 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

Patrick Kane assisted on both Chicago goals.

DeBrincat had seven shots on goal.

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DETROIT 4 FLORIDA 1

Who would have thought that Detroit would be the first team to hand Florida a regular season loss, but it happened on Sunday as the Red Wings upended the Panthers 4-1.

It was the Gordie Howe hat-trick for Givani Smith who had a goal, an assist and a fight, as he led the Red Wings to the win. Smith scored his first of the season and has four points in six games. He also had a minor penalty.

Robby Fabbri, Marc Staal and Vladislav Namestnikov into the empty net, also scored for Detroit who won for the first time since the first week of the season.

Alexander Wennberg was the only Panther to light the lamp on Thomas Greiss who stopped 36-of-37 shots for his first win of the season. Greiss was 0-7-2 heading into action Sunday and has played well over the last two games, giving up only three goals on 68 shots.

Chris Driedger picked up his second straight start with Sergei Bobrovsky sitting on the bench. Driedger made 35 saves and gave up three goals. He is 3-1-1 with a 1.97 GAA and a .937 save percentage, much superior to Bobrovsky.

Aaron Ekblad also had seven penalty minutes, the same as Smith.

Troy Stecher had two assists.

Staal’s goal was his first as a Red Wing.

Radko Gudas had six hits.

CAROLINA 6 COLUMBUS 5

Jordan Staal scored once and added a pair of assists as Carolina went to 7-2-0 with a 6-5 win over Columbus.

Vincent Trocheck, Dougie Hamilton and Brett Pesce with his first of the season, each scored once and added an assist.

Brock McGinn and Warren Foegele also scored for Carolina.

Patrik Laine had a pair for Columbus while Max Domi, Riley Nash and Nick Foligno also found the back of the net.

Foligno’s goal in the second period was his 200th of his NHL career. It was the Blue Jackets first shot on net and it came 14:24 into the stanza.

It wasn’t exactly a premier goaltending duo as James Reimer stopped only 17-of-22 shots for the win.

Joonas Korpisalo gave up six goals on 26 shots as both goalies saw their stats take a big hit.

Korpisalo is 3-3-2 with a 3.29 GAA and a .899 save percentage after Sunday’s fiasco while Reimer is 5-1-0 with a 3.13 GAA and a .883 save percentage.

Ryan Dzingel had a pair of assists as did Jack Roslovic and David Savard.

Domi and Nino Niederreiter each picked up a fighting major but I didn’t understand how Niederreiter, who never even took off his gloves, got the exact same as Domi as the Columbus forward threw the punches.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Scott Laughton - 3

Alex Ovechkin – 2

Sean Couturier – 2

Chandler Stephenson – 2

Alex DeBrincat – 2

Patrik Laine - 2

Assists

Tom Wilson – 3

Joel Farabee – 3

Michael Raffl - 2  

Alex Ovechkin – 2

Nicklas Backstrom -2

Ryan Dzingel – 2

Jordan Staal - 2

Alex Tuch -2

Troy Stecher – 2

Patrick Kane – 2

Seth Jones – 2

Jack Roslovic – 2

David Savard – 2

Shots on Goal

Jeff Carter – 7

Alex DeBrincat - 7

Adrian Kempe - 6

Hits

Garnet Hathaway – 6

Radko Gudas - 6

Penalty Minutes

Aaron Ekblad – 7

Givani Smith – 7

Jamie Benn – 5

Nikita Zadorov – 5

Max Domi – 5

Nino Niederreiter - 5

Michael Finewax

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