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The Buzzer: Barzal raises bar; McDavid’s happy birthday


at the Barclays Center on January 5, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Bruce Bennett

Players of the Night:

Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders: Where do we begin? Barzal made some history on Saturday, recording two goals and three assists for his second five-point outing of the season.

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins: Malkin had two goals and two assists as the Penguins downed the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday. It’s the second time in as many games that Malkin has scored twice, and he’s been a big part of the Penguins winning their past three games, with five goals and eight points in the span.

Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers: Couturier scored a pair of goals for the third straight game and added an assist for good measure as the Flyers won their fourth straight and 12th in their past 17.

Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks: Donskoi scored two goals and one assist on Saturday, with his all-around effort on his second goal (see in the highlights below) earning him a mention among the day’s best.

Highlights of the Night:

It doesn’t get much filthier than this. Mathew Barzal is something else:

Devan Dubnyk channeling Johnny Bower:

Donskoi made the save, then scored the goal that sent Sharks - Coyotes to OT:

Factoids of the Night:

Nice way for Connor McDavid to celebrate his 21st birthday.

Meanwhile, Joe Thornton hits a mark McDavid hopes to match some day:


Some heartwarming stuff.


Islanders 7, Rangers 2
Penguins 1, Red Wings 1
Wild 4, Jets 1
Bruins 4, Canadiens 3 (SO)
Flyers 5, Devils 3
Avalanche 4, Stars 1
Oilers 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)
Ducks 4, Kings 2
Sharks 6, Coyotes 5 (OT)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck