Connor McDavid was named the first star of the week as the Edmonton superstar had five goals and 10 points in four games to take over the NHL scoring lead…Jake Allen has emerged from the doldrums and was the second star as he went 3-0-0 with a GAA of 1.00 and a .967 save percentage for the week…Rookie Kyle Connor of the Jets was the third star. He had four goals and six points in three contests and is tied for the rookie lead in goals with the injured Brock Boeser with 29…A big signing for the Canucks as they inked Adam Gaudette to a three-year/entry-level contract. The Hockey East player of the year led the nation with 30 goals and 60 points and is a Hobey Baker finalist. He was drafted in the fifth round, 149th overall, in 2015.
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BUFFALO 3 TORONTO 2
Jack Eichel’s second goal of the game was the winner as Toronto continued to have trouble beating Buffalo and dropped a 3-2 decision at home. It was Toronto’s first loss at home after winning 13 straight and it came at the hands of the team across the lake (and over a bit).
Eichel opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first but the Maple Leafs took the lead in the second as Nazem Kadri potted his 30th of the season and then Patrick Marleau made it 2-1 at the end of the second. Marleau also had an assist on Kadri’s goal and has 24 goals and 43 points this season.
But the Sabres tied it up at 2 as Casey Nelson scored and that set up Eichel’s game winner.
Frederik Andersen made 24 saves in taking the loss.
There was only one penalty called in the game as Jason Pominville took a high-sticking penalty. Marleau’s goal came on the power play.
WASHINGTON 4 NEW YORK RANGERS 2
The Washington Capitals scored four times in the first and defeated the Rangers 4-2 Monday.
T.J. Oshie, Matt Niskanen and Alex Ovechkin scored in the first 8:54 of the first to chase Alexandar Georgiev who made only three saves. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 26-of-27 shots as he allowed only Evgeny Kuznetsov’s shorthanded goal with 3:21 left in the first as the Caps made it 4-0.
The Rangers recalled rookies Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil from Hartford and the two first round picks from the 2017 Draft were in the lineup. Andersson scored the first of his NHL career in the second while Mats Zuccarello scored in the third to complete the scoring.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 28 shots and improved his record to 14-9-3 with a 2.34 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He has taken over of late from Braden Holtby as the Caps top goalie but I expect Holtby in the crease come playoff time.
Ovechkin and Kuznetsov each had an assist to go with their goal while Nicklas Backstrom had a couple of assists. Backstrom has six helpers in his last two games.
CAROLINA 4 OTTAWA 1
Warren Foegele made his NHL debut a memorable one as he scored once and added an assist in front of his family to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-1 win over the Senators.
Craig Anderson made 26 saves for the loss.
Derek Ryan had two assists for the Hurricanes and has 19 this season.
FLORIDA 3 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 0
James Reimer stopped all 32 shots to lead the Panthers to a 3-0 win over the Islanders and move to within one point of the final wild card New Jersey Devils with a game in hand. The loss officially eliminated the Islanders from post-season play.
Evgenii Dadonov and Keith Yandle each had a goal and an assist while Nick Bjugstad also scored for the Panthers. It has been quite the year for Dadonov who had spent the last five seasons in the KHL. He has 24 goals and 58 points in 66 games and has been quite the revelation for the Panthers.
Christopher Gibson got the start for the Islanders and made 38 saves in taking the loss.
Reimer won his 21st game of the season and it was his fourth shutout of the campaign.
MONTREAL 4 DETROIT 2
Brendan Gallagher scored twice including his 30th of the season to lead Montreal to a 4-2 win over Detroit in a battle of non-playoff teams.
Carey Price made 26 saves for his 1th6 win and first since February 4. It has not been a good season for Price who has a 3.07 GAA and a .902 save percentage. That is un-Price like unless you are talking about David Price.
Gustav Nyquist and Tyler Bertuzzi each had a goal and an assist for Detroit. Bertuzzi also had 12 penalty minutes to make it a great fantasy night. Charles Hudon had a misconduct and a minor as well for Montreal.
Jared Coreau had 27 saves in the loss.
ARIZONA 4 TAMPA BAY 1
Clayton Keller had a goal and an assist to stretch his points streak to eight games as the Arizona Coyotes upended the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1.
Keller got off to a great start this season as he was the NHL’s rookie for the month of October but he did not have a great couple of months as he was passed in the race for the Calder. But Keller, who has had three streaks of seven or more games for consecutive points this season, has come on and has 23 goals and 61 points.
Trevor Murphy opened the scoring in the second period with his first career NHL goal in only his second game. Fellow defenseman Jakob Chychrun made it 2-0 before the end of the second with his third of the season.
Brendan Perlini potted his 17th to make it 3-0 before Nikita Kucherov’s 38th of the season on the power play, broke up Antti Raanta’s shutout bid. Raanta needed to make only 19 saves for the win. Kucherov has 96 points and trails Connor McDavid by three points for the lead in the Art Ross Trophy race.
Louis Domingue was facing his old teammates for the first time and stopped 31-of-34 shots in taking the loss.
SAN JOSE 4 CHICAGO 3 (Shootout)
Kevin Labanc scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Sharks their eighth straight win as they beat the last place Chicago Blackhawks 4-3.
Evander Kane scored once again as he has seven goals in his last six games for San Jose. Kane led both teams with 10 shots on goal.
Marcus Sorensen and Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks while Alex DeBrincat, Connor Murphy and Patrick Sharp replied for Chicago. It has been quite a season for the rookie DeBrincat as he also had an assist and has 26 goals and 48 points this season, one of the few bright lights for Chicago.
DeBrincat was a plus-three while teammate Patrick Kane was a minus-three.
VEGAS 4 COLORADO 1
It was Karlsson’s 40th of the season and 69th point. He had only six goals and 25 points last season and if you drafted him before the season, then kudos to you.
As far as Marchessault is concerned, he has 25 goals and 72 points this season. The duo have been the Golden Knights top offensive players and they have exceeded all expectations.
Alex Tuch with his 14th on the power play and defenseman Shea Theodore also scored for Vegas with Erik Johnson scoring the lone goal for Colorado. The Golden Knights shut down the Avs dynamic duo of Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen who combined for six shots on goal.
LOS ANGELES 3 CALGARY 0
The Los Angeles Kings scored all three goals on the power play and shutout the undermanned Calgary Flames 3-0.
Dion Phaneuf and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist while Jeff Carter potted his 11th of the season as they jumped over Colorado and St. Louis into the first wild card. It’s quite a race and will go down to the wire.
Jonathan Quick turned aside all 23 shots as the Flames were missing Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk with various reasons. It was his fifth shutout of the season and the 49th of his NHL career.
Mike Smith made 26 saves in taking the loss.
Dustin Brown had a pair of power play assists.