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Roman Josi continues his hot ways

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: December 24, 2019, 3:24 am ET

The three stars of the week were announced and Noel Acciari was the top star of the week. The Florida center went his first 210 NHL games without a hat trick, picked up one on Monday and then got another one in his next game Thursday. He had seven goals and an assist in three games for the Panthers.

The second star was Roman Josi. He had six goals and an assist in four contests.

Joonas Korpisalo was the third star of the week as he won all four starts for Columbus, giving up only six goals on 98 shots.

It was a busy Monday, on the last day of the schedule before the Christmas break with 13 games on the slate so let’s get to the action!

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TORONTO 8 CAROLINA 6

It was a wild opening game as Toronto hosted a rare afternoon start so kids could go to the game during the Christmas break. And they were treated to a doozy!

Mitch Marner was the star of the show with two goals and three assists to lead the Maple Leafs to an 8-6 win over Carolina.

It was quite the contest as the Maple Leafs struck early and took a 3-0 lead just 5:10 into the opening frame, as James Reimer, the former Toronto netminder, was pulled after making only four saves on seven shots.

The Hurricanes scored the next five goals to take the lead entering the third. Auston Matthews scored to make it 5-4 then Erik Haula fired back to regain the two-goal margin but Toronto then scored three times in 59 seconds, led by Marner who had two goals and an assist in that span. An empty netter by Pierre Engvall completed the scoring.

John Tavares had a goal and two assists while Jason Spezza, Tyson Barrie and Matthews had one of each. Matthews’ set up of Marner’s first goal was a thing of beauty that you can watch here. William Nylander also scored for the Leafs.

Martin Necas had two goals and two assists while Haula had a pair of goals and one helper. Brock McGinn and Andrei Svechnikov also scored for Carolina.

It was not a great outing for Frederik Andersen who gave up all six goals on 40 shots but it was about time the Leafs bailed him out rather than the other way around. Andersen has won four straight and is 19-8-3.

Petr Mrazek, who came on in relief of Reimer, stopped 25-of-29 shots in taking the loss.

Zach Hyman had three assists with Lucas Wallmark picking up a pair. Hyman was also a plus-four.

MINNESOTA 3 CALGARY 0

Devan Dubnyk made his first home start since November 16 count as he stopped all 22 pucks in a 3-0 shutout win over Calgary.

Dubnyk missed over a month of action, tending to his ill wife, before returning on Thursday in Arizona. It was his sixth win of the season and second in a row.

Cam Talbot got the start for Calgary and gave up a pair of goals while making 31 saves.

Luke Kunin led the offensive charge for the Wild with a goal and an assist. Joel Eriksson Ek and Eric Staal into the empty net, also scored for Minnesota.

BOSTON 7 WASHINGTON 3

Patrice Bergeron scored twice and David Krejci had a goal and two assists as the Bruins won for only the second time in the last 10 games, outscoring Washington 7-3 despite being outshot 42-17.

Tuukka Rask made 39 saves and improved his record to 14-4-5 with a 2.33 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

Brad Marchand and Charlie Coyle each had a goal and an assist. Coyle’s goal was shorthanded and gave the Bruins a 5-0 lead.

Anders Bjork and Jake DeBrusk scored for Boston with David Pastrnak chipping in with a couple of assists.

Alex Ovechkin, Lars Eller and Garnet Hathaway scored for Washington.

Braden Holtby started but gave up four goals on 11 shots before being pulled after one period. Igor Samsonov faced only four shots in the second and third periods, giving up one goal as the Bruins scored a couple of empty netters to make the score more lopsided than it was.

Tom Wilson picked up 12 minutes in penalties.

Alex Ovechkin led with eight shots on goal and six hits. Every Washington player, save for Nic Dowd, had at least one shot on goal.

TAMPA BAY 6 FLORIDA 1

Victor Hedman scored twice and added an assist and Brayden Point scored and had three helpers to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-1 win over their cross-state nemesis, the Florida Panthers.

Andrei Vasilevskiy was a stud in net, stopping 29 shots for his 15th win of the season. After a rough start, Vasilevskiy is 6-2-1 in his last nine tilts.

Nikita Kucherov had a goal and two assists including his 500th point in the NHL. Alex Killorn and Mikhail Sergachev also scored.

It was not a great night for Sergei Bobrovsky who gave up six goals on 34 shots. The first-year Panther is 13-10-4 with a 3.20 GAA and a .899 save percentage. He has allowed 10 goals in his last two games on only 65 shots.

Jonathan Huberdeau broke up Vasilevskiy’s shutout bid with a power play goal in the second. It was his 14th of the season.

COLUMBUS 3 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2

Vladislav Gavrikov’s fourth goal of the season was the winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets won their fifth game in a row, defeating the Islanders 3-2.

Joonas Korpisalo, who as previously mentioned, was the third star of the week with four wins, stopped 35 shots as he continued his wizardry in the net.

Kevin Stenlund with his second on the power play, and Nathan Gerbe with his first after being recalled from the minors on the weekend and playing in his first game of the season, scored for the Blue Jackets.

Anders Lee and Mathew Barzal replied for the Islanders. It was Barzal’s 16th of the season and he is just six goals away from tying his career best of 22, set two seasons ago.

Thomas Greiss made 32 saves in taking the loss. It was his first action since Tuesday when he gave up five goals on 15 shots to Nashville before he was pulled after two periods. Greiss is 11-6-0 this season.

Jordan Eberle had a pair of assists.

Andrew Ladd played 9:53 in his first game of the season. The veteran had five hits to lead both teams.

PHILADELPHIA 5 NEW YORK RANGERS 1

Kevin Hayes and Travis Sanheim each scored twice as the Flyers knocked off the New York Rangers 5-1.

Sanheim also had an assist to give him four goals and 12 points this season.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel scored his first NHL goal with 58 seconds left and it was a power play effort.

Carter Hart made 34 saves for the win as the Flyers scored four in the third in the victory. Hart has 13 wins this season and has been a top-15 fantasy goalkeeper most of the year.

Jesper Fast scored the lone goal for the Rangers and it was a shorthanded effort to open the scoring in the second period.

Henrik Lundqvist picked up the start and gave up all five goals on 30 shots.

James van Riemsdyk and Justin Braun each had two assists.

OTTAWA 3 BUFFALO 1

Who would have thought it would be the Ottawa Senators who ended Jack Eichel’s streak. Eichel had scored in his previous 18 straight games (although the NHL didn’t recognize it as he was injured one game) but was held off the scoresheet by the Senators who won 3-1.

Craig Anderson looked like the Anderson of 2016-17 when he had a 2.28 GAA and was one of the top goalies in the NHL, as he stopped 43 shots for his sixth win of the season.

As he has been so often, Jean-Gabriel Pageau was the offensive star for the Senators with a pair of goals including the winner. He has 18 goals thus far and could be on the move at or before the trade deadline as he is expected to become a UFA at the end of the season.

Brady Tkachuk had the other goal and assisted on both of Pageau’s goals.

Connor Brown had two assists and was a plus-three, along with Tkachuk.

Zemgus Girgensons was the only Sabre to solve Anderson. His sixth of the season in the second period tied the game at 2.

Linus Ullmark stopped 27-of-29 shots in taking the loss.

Mark Borowiecki had six hits, five blocked shots and was a plus-three.

NASHVILLE 3 ARIZONA 2

Boy is Roman Josi on a hot streak! The defenseman had six goals in four games last week and continued his hot pace with the game winner as the Predators won at home 3-2 over Arizona.

Josi also had an assist to give him 35 points including nine in his last five contests.

Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson with his seventh and first since returning on the weekend after missing four weeks with a lower body injury, opened the scoring for Nashville.

Pekka Rinne stopped 26 shots and with the win, climbed to 13-5-3 with a 2.93 GAA and a .896 save percentage. Outside of his win total, Rinne has not performed well for fantasy owners this season.

Lawson Crouse and Jakob Chychrun scored for Arizona as Alex Goligoski had assists on both goals.

Antti Raanta, the Coyotes top goalie with Darcy Kuemper on the sidelines, made 38 saves but took the loss.

MONTREAL 6 WINNNIPEG 2

Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault each scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens won on the road, defeating Winnipeg 6-2.

Carey Price made 27 saves and won his third game in his last four starts. He is 16-11- 3 this season.

 Max Domi had a goal and an assist as did Artturi Lehkonen.

Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor replied for Winnipeg. It looks like Laine finally has his goal-scoring touch back as he has six goals in his last seven games after only seven goals in his first 27. He ended last season with nine goals in his last 57 games so it was a tough 12 months for the Finn.

Laurent Brossoit got a rare start and gave up six goals although he did face 48 shots.

Anthony Bitetto had six hits.

Danault had seven shots on goal.

Brendan Gallagher and Nick Suzuki each had two assists.

NEW JERSEY 7 CHICAGO 1       

Seven different New Jersey players scored including P.K. Subban who lit the lamp for the first time in 23 contests as the Devils steamrolled over the Chicago Blackhawks 7-1.

Damon Severson had a goal and two assists with Travis Zajac, Blake Coleman and Pavel Zacha each chipping in with one goal and one assist.

John Hayden and rookie Jack Hughes also scored for the Devils.

Mackenzie Blackwood made 32 saves for the win as he is 11-10-4 with a 2.81 GAA and a .909 save percentage.

It was not a good night for Corey Crawford as he gave up four goals on 20 shots before he was pulled after Hayden’s goal just past the halfway mark of the second. Robin Lehner stopped 21-of-24 shots in mopping up for Crawford.

Zack Smith actually gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead before the Devils struck for seven straight.

John Hayden and Dennis Gilbert fought at the 8:22 mark of the first period and while both picked up majors for fighting, Hayden also got two for instigating and a 10-minute misconduct.

Miles Wood had no points but had six shots on goal as well as six hits.

Nikita Gusev had three assists.

Connor Murphy was a minus-four.

VANCOUVER 4 EDMONTON 2

Quinn Hughes power play goal in the third period was the winner as the Vancouver Canucks defeated Edmonton 4-2.

Tyler Motte, Bo Horvat and Loui Eriksson scored for Vancouver. It was only Eriksson’s second goal of the season as he has been a healthy scratch on numerous occasions thus far. It was into the empty net as he clinched the game with only 14 seconds to go.

Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves for his 12th win of the season.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with his seventh and Oscar Klefbom with his fourth, scored for the Oilers. Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid each assisted on Klefbom’s power play goal.

Mikko Koskinen turned aside 24-of-27 shots in taking the loss.

Darnell Nurse and Antoine Roussel each picked up five for fighting.

McDavid and Draisaitl were each a minus-three.

Kelfbom had six blocked shots.

Alexander Edler had an assist and was a plus-three.

COLORADO 7 VEGAS 3

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare loves playing against his ex-Golden Knight teammates. He had a goal and two assists in his return after playing in Vegas the first two years of the franchise on October 25 and his scoring touch continued on Monday when he had a pair of goals as Colorado returned to Sin City and upended the Vegas Golden Knights 7-3. Bellemare has six goals and 12 points this season with five coming against Vegas in only two games.

Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and an assist while Matt Nieto, Nazem Kadri. Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen also scored.

Pavel Francouz has been one of the best backups this season and it continued on Monday night as he made 29 saves for his 11th win of the season against two losses and one overtime defeat.

Max Pacioretty, Ryan Reaves and William Carrier replied for Vegas.

It was a horrible night for Marc-Andre Fleury as the netminder gave up all seven goals on only 38 shots. He was not to pleased with himself, especially after the sixth goal which came on the power play.

Nathan MacKinnon and J.T. Compher each had two assists for Colorado.

Pacioretty had six shots on net.

Tomas Nosek led the NHL in hits on Monday as he had seven, one better than Brayden McNabb.

Nichushkin got the Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, assist and a fight as he took on Deryk Engelland in the second period.

Shea Theodore was a minus-four on the night.

ST. LOUIS 4 LOS ANGELES 1

Brayden Schenn scored twice and Jaden Schwartz and Vince Dunn scored one apiece as the Blues beat Los Angeles 4-1.

Jordan Binnington was solid in goal for St. Louis, stopping 29 shots in picking up his 17th win of the season and his fourth straight. He has been a top-five fantasy goalie this season and is proving his Stanley Cup run of a year ago was no fluke.

All the goal scoring was in the first period as Alex Iafallo scored his sixth of the season on the power play to give the Kings their only goal of the night.

Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in taking the loss.

David Perron picked up a pair of assists as did Alex Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo had six shots on goal.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Brayden Schenn – 2

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – 2

Mitch Marner – 2

Erik Haula – 2

Martin Necas – 2

Patrice Bergeron – 2

Victor Hedman – 2

Travis Sandheim – 2

Kevin Hayes – 2

Jean-Gabriel Pageau – 2

Phillip Danault – 2

Tomas Tatar - 2

Assists

Zach Hyman – 3

Mitch Marner – 3

Brayden Point – 3

Nikita Gusev – 3

Shots on Goal

Alex Ovechkin – 8

Phillip Danault - 7

Hits

Tomas Nosek – 7

Alex Ovechkin - 6  

Brayden McNabb - 6

Mark Borowiecki – 6

Anthony Bitetto – 6

Miles Wood - 6

Penalty Minutes

John Hayden – 17

Tom Wilson – 12

Antoine Roussel - 7

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.