Believe it or not, there was hockey on Sunday. Yes, it’s true … Cam Newton wasn’t the only one getting hit really hard.
Let’s recap those three games then, shall we?
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CAPITALS 3, FLYERS 2
-- Another fantastic milestone for Alex Ovechkin. He scored his 30th goal of the season, something he’s done an astounding 11 times in a row. Ovechkin didn’t even see his streak end during the lockout season, a year that ruined a bunch of streaks and messed with history (and made sugar less sweet and the sun too harsh, among other sins).
Honestly, if someone made the argument that Ovechkin’s the greatest goalscorer in NHL history, I wouldn’t think they were out of line.
-- Good gravy, Shayne Gostisbehere.
With an assist on Feb. 7, "Ghost" extended a point streak that began on Jan. 19. It's gone eight games: two goals, nine assists.
He now has 27 points in 33 games. Amazing stuff, and I have zero problem with the idea of Gostisbehere winning the Calder. He might just deserve it.
-- Andre Burakovsky remains red-hot himself, with a lengthy point streak (seven games extending through Jan. 17, scoring six goals and three assists).
In the past 10 games, six goals and seven assists. Stunning to see him reach his potential.
-- Braden Holtby's numbers are double-take material. As in, I looked at his record, and I wondered if my eyes/NHL.com's redesign were deceiving me.
33-5-3 with a .929 save percentage.
That seems impossible.
ISLANDERS 8, OILERS 1
-- Kyle Okposo generated the second hat trick of his career during this bloodbath. He also grabbed an assist.
With this outburst, Okposo now leads the Islanders in points with 41, edging John Tavares' 40 ever so slightly.
Speaking of Tavares, he enjoyed a strong afternoon with a goal and two assists.
-- Great game for Nick Leddy, too, who had three assists. He now has five assists in his past four games.
-- Anders Nilsson has been used sparingly, and a game like this probably won't prompt the Oilers to lean on him all that often.
Yes, Cam Talbot allowed plenty of goals, but he might have been needing a breather. Either way, Nilsson gave up three goals on just 10 shots in less than 12 minutes of game time.
-- Connor McDavid scored Edmonton's lone goal. Naturally.
This weekend shattered the adorably naive momentum Edmonton was building with those two lopsided wins they enjoyed in McDavid's two games back.
-- Zack Kassian delivered the type of game you'd expect from Kassian: -1 rating, 21 PIM, two SOG and three hits.
-- Tough night for Jordan Eberle especially, with a -3 rating in just 15:21 TOI.
OK, Griffin Reinhart struggled even more: -4 rating, four PIM.
CANADIENS 2, HURRICANES 1 (SO)
-- My goodness, what a 20th goal by Max Pacioretty.
The interesting thing about Montreal's woes is that the big guns (who are healthy) really haven't been failing. P.K. Subban's been fantastic. Pacioretty generated his third consecutive 20+ goal season, and he's done so in four of five campaigns (the streak-ruining lockout season: 15 goals in 44 games).
Actually, if you throw that lockout year out, he's aiming for a fourth straight 30+ goal season.
-- Andrei Markov notched the 407th assist of his career, so now he's second all-time in that category for Montreal defensemen.
Markov's been slow since December, really.
He had 11 points in 12 October games and 18 in 25 through November. Since then, he has eight points in 29.
So maybe some of Montreal's big guns are struggling.
-- Jeff Skinner scored his 31st point of the season, the same number he generated in 77 games in 2014-15 (he's appeared in 54 this season).
Skinner's on another torrid pace right now: two goals and four assists for six points during a five-game point streak.
Great to see him playing so well. There's still some concern that injuries (especially concussions) will cut his career sadly short, but maybe he'll be more like Patrice Bergeron?
-- Great games for Ben Scrivens (34 out of 35 saves) and Cam Ward (33 out of 34). It's been a bumpy ride for Scrivens, to say the least, but he followed up his first win of the season with his first winning streak. Hooray.