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The Buzzer: Unlikely Derick Brassard hat trick, more from NHL on Saturday

The Buzzer: Unlikely Derick Brassard hat trick, more from NHL on Saturday

DENVER, COLORADO - MARCH 8: Derick Brassard #16 of the Arizona Coyotes celebrates after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena on March 8, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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NHL Three Stars from Saturday

1. Jordan Kyrou, Ryan O’Reilly, and David Perron, St. Louis Blues

Look out, the St. Louis Blues have two highly dangerous lines.

With Vladimir Tarasenko finally healthy, they can hurt you with Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn, and Jaden Schwartz. There have been times when that trio ran wild against the NHL.

Now that Jordan Kyrou’s emerging, the Blues can combine that older line with Kyrou and two players who’ve really generated chemistry (Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron) to make opponents miserable. On Saturday, it was time for Kyrou, ROR, and Perron to take over.

If you want to be picky, maybe you only consider O’Reilly and Perron as the dual entry for the top star(s) of Saturday in the NHL. Those two managed four-point games on Saturday, scoring one goal and three assists. Kyrou wasn’t far behind, scoring two goals and one assist.

The Blues’ team defense and this one-two punch could really make for a deadly combination. Especially if Jordan Binnington ends up making that big extension look reasonable.

2. Derick Brassard, Arizona Coyotes

If you guessed that Derick Brassard would pull off a hat trick on Saturday -- in 2021, not in NHL ’10 or something -- and your last name isn’t Brassard, that someone might need to take the keys away from you. You’re not being honest with the class.

Heading into this one, Brassard scored four goals and 10 points in 30 games this season. He’s only crossed the 20+ goal mark twice during his career, with the most recent (21) coming in 2017-18.

Even when some people would agree with you that, at the time, Brassard was better than Mika Zibanejad, Brassard wasn’t really a sniper.

So far in his career, Derick Brassard, 33, had one NHL hat trick to his name. Brassard scored that first hat trick for the Rangers back in the 2014-15 playoffs.

In other words, this second Derick Brassard hat trick was unexpected.

For his first two goals, Brassard scored in ways maybe people wouldn’t picture for him (or for the version of Brassard who got traded for Zibanejad). He went to the “dirty areas” to make it happen. On the goal that completed the hat trick, we saw a little more skill from Brassard.

3. Jack Campbell, Toronto Maple Leafs

On Feb. 27, Jack Campbell made at least 30 saves to shut out one of half of the Battle of Alberta (30 saves against the Oilers). Almost a month later, Jack Campbell returned from injury to make at least 30 saves to shut out one of half of the Battle of Alberta (31 vs. the Flames).

Yep, you can say that Jack Campbell’s on a personal shutout streak, even if they happened multiple weeks apart.

The Flames were actually the last team to score against Campbell in a Maple Leafs win from Jan. 24. Yeah, it’s been that sort of season for Campbell. When he’s been able to play, he’s been fantastic, but he’s really been lucky enough to play.

If Campbell was rusty, it sure didn’t show during his 31-save shutout vs. the Flames.

Honorable mentions, including Thomas Hickey’s inspiring night

  • After the Avalanche clobbered the Wild for a second straight game, Zach Parise said this about Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, and Mikko Rantanen.

While Rantanen contributed a goal to the Avalanche’s 6-0 win over the Wild, Landeskog and MacKinnon stood tallest. Landeskog collected one goal and two assists, while MacKinnon piled on three helpers.

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy won his 11th game in a row, stopping 30 out of 31 shots. His teammate Victor Hedman was in the NHL stars of Saturday mix, too, with three assists.
  • Anton Khudobin ranked among the other NHL goalies who earned shutouts on Saturday, but had a relatively easy time, only needing 21 saves.
  • Thomas Hickey earning two assists was already promising, especially consider what he’s gone through. But it goes deeper than that.

Highlights from Saturday in the NHL

Elvis Merzlikins played a huge role in the Blue Jackets squeezing out a shootout win vs. the Hurricanes. The highlight was this save:

Connor McDavid doesn’t always do it all by himself. Moments like these are a reminder of how often he can get really close to pulling that off.

Saturday’s NHL scores

Penguins 3, Devils 1
Panthers 2, Predators 0
Avalanche 6, Wild 0
Lightning 4, Blackhawks 1
Islanders 6, Flyers 1
Blue Jackets 3, Hurricanes 2 (SO)
Stars 3, Red Wings 0
Maple Leafs 2, Flames 0
Canadiens 5, Canucks 4 (SO)
Rangers 3, Capitals 1
Coyotes 5, Ducks 1
Blues 5, Sharks 2
Oilers 4, Jets 2

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.