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The Buzzer: Patrik the teenage scorer; Eight is great for Preds

Winnipeg Jets v New York Islanders

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: Patrik Laine #29 of the Winnipeg Jets takes the shot in warm ups prior to the game against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on December 23, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Players of the Night:

Ryan Ellis, Nashville Predators: Ellis finished Sunday’s overtime win with a goal and two assists. He picked up the primary helper on Filip Forsberg’s game-winner in OT. The Preds blue liner has five points in his last two games and 11 in his last eight.

Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers: The Panthers now find themselves in the thick of the playoff race and they owe a good chunk of their success to Barkov, who had a goal and an assist in a win over the Philadelphia Flyers. He now has 10 points during his six-game point streak. Barkov also has goals in four consecutive games.

Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks: Both players scored a pair of goals in Sunday’s big win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Perry has six points in his last three games. Silfverberg, who had just one goal in 14 games coming into today’s game, now has 15 goals and 29 points in 61 contests.

David Perron, Vegas Golden Knights: Perron has accumulated six multi-point games in his last 12 outings. He scored the first goal of the game against New Jersey on Sunday and he also registered the primary assist on the game-winner by newcomer Tomas Tatar.

Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils: Another day, another two points for the Devils forward, who scored a goal and an assist against Vegas. For those of you scoring at home, Hall has picked up a point in 25 consecutive games.

Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets: Laine produced two more goals and an assist on Sunday. He’s found the back of the net 10 times in eight games and he’s scored at least one goal in seven of his last eight. He’s been remarkable over the last couple of weeks. The 19-year-old has 35 goals in 65 games this season.

Highlights of the Night:

It’s not the prettiest goal, but it’s Tatar’s first as a Golden Knight:

Barkov doesn’t miss when he’s one-on-one with a goalie:

The ol’ spin-o-rama from Perry:

Semyon Varlamov’s going to want this one back:

Factoids of the Night:


Predators 4, Avalanche 3 (OT)

Panthers 4, Flyers 1

Ducks 6, Blackhawks 3

Golden Knights 3, Devils 2

Wild 4, Red Wings 1

Jets 3, Hurricanes 2

Blue Jackets 4, Sharks 2


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.