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The Buzzer: Faulk nets pair for Blues; fight night at MSG


GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 12: Justin Faulk #71 of the St Louis Blues is congratulated by David Perron #57 of the Blues after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes as teammates Ryan O’Reilly #90 and Mike Hoffman #68 skate in during the first period of the NHL hockey game at Gila River Arena on February 12, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

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1. Jaroslav Halak, Boston Bruins

The Bruins needed only a Nick Ritchie goal to blank the Rangers 1-0 Friday night. Ritchie’s second period goal coupled with Halak’s 21 saves helped Boston to its fifth straight victory. Halak’s shutout was his first of the season and 51st of his NHL career. According to TSN, the shutout puts Halak fifth among European-trained goalies, tied with Tomas Vokoun. Only Dominik Hasek (81), Henrik Lundqvist (64), Evgeni Nabokov (59), Pekka Rinne (58) have more.

2. Justin Faulk, St. Louis Blues

Faulk scored twice in the Blues’ 4-1 win over the Coyotes. His second goal -- No. 5 on the season -- snapped a 1-1 tie midway through the third period. This was the fifth straight meeting between the two teams. They play twice more, Saturday and Monday, with Arizona holding a 3-2 edge.

3. Jordan Kyrou, St. Louis Blues

St. Louis’ go-ahead goal wouldn’t have been possible without Kyrou’s effort. First, he negated an icing to take possession deep in the Coyotes’ zone. He then held the puck and created space before finding Faulk to fire home the go-ahead goal.


• The second period of Bruins-Rangers saw two fights and a small tussle.

First up, Jacob Trouba and Charlie McAvoy scrap:

Then it was time for Trent Frederic and Brendan Lemieux to throw down:

Finally, Pavel Buchnevich and Jeremy Lauzon exchanged blows:

• How did Mika Zibanejad and Brad Marchand decide who gets off the ice last before Friday’s game? Rock, paper, scissors, of course.


SCORES Bruins 1, Rangers 0 Blues 4, Coyotes 1


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.