The NHL announced their three stars of the week and Nikita Kucherov was the first star with three goals and seven assists in three games. He continued his hot pace Monday as you will read below.
It was a busy night in the NHL with plenty of goals in a couple of games so let's get to it.
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CALGARY 5 ARIZONA 2
It was a big night for Giordano who set a personal best of 57 points, one better than in 2015-16. At the age of 35, Giordano still has 25 games in which to completely smash his old mark.
Calvin Pickard had a rare start for Arizona and stopped 28-of-32 shots in taking the loss. It was his fourth straight loss dating back to November 24 and third loss in three games as a member of the Coyotes.
TAMPA BAY 5 COLUMBUS 1
Nikita Kucherov continued his amazing pace as he scored twice and added three assists to lead the Lightning to a 5-1 win over Columbus despite being outshot 40-20.
Kucherov has 29 goals and a Tampa Bay record 70 assists thus far in 60 games. He has 18 points in his last five games including seven goals as he has rocketed to a big 11-point lead in the scoring race over Patrick Kane and is 16 points ahead of Connor McDavid
It was another outstanding performance by goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy who stopped 39 shots, allowing only a goal by Lukas Sedlak with only 1:45 left in the third period to ruin his shutout bid. Vasilevskiy is 26-7-4 with a 2.28 GAA and a .930 save percentage. He has to be talked about as far as the Vezina Trophy is concerned.
It was not a great night for Joonas Korpisalo who made only 15 saves on 20 shots. The perceived number one goaltender for Columbus next season (as Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to bolt as a pending UFA), Korpisalo is 9-5-2 and has lost his last three games in a row.
Victor Hedman suffered a lower-body injury in the first period and did not return.
CHICAGO 8 OTTAWA 7
It was a wild night in Chicago as there were a total of 15 goals including nine in the first stanza as the Blackhawks prevailed over the Ottawa Senators 8-7.
The star of the night was Alex DeBrincat who had three goals and five points in the win as he has 32 goals and 60 points this season, eight better than his rookie campaign of last season. He still has 22 games to go this season.
Patrick Kane had a goal and three points, the 18th game in a row he has picked up a point. Kane is in second in NHL scoring with 88 points thus far.
Dylan Strome also had a goal and two assists and has 34 points in 35 games with Chicago since his trade from Arizona earlier in the season.
Collin Delia got the start in net for Chicago but his evening was over just 7:55 into the first period as he gave up three goals on only 10 shots. Cam Ward took over and stopped 24-of-28 shots in taking the victory.
It was a similar play in the Ottawa net as Anders Nilsson got the start in goal and was pulled just 13:22 into the first after giving up four goals on 12 shots. Craig Anderson relieved him at that point and gave up four goals on 30 shots as he took the loss.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau had seven shots on goal while Kane and Toews each had six for Chicago.
COLORADO 3 VEGAS 0
Semyon Varlamov stopped all 40 shots to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-0 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
Varlamov evened his record at 15-15-8 as he picked up his second shutout of the season.
It was also a big night for Andrew Agozzino who scored his first career NHL goal and added an assist in his first game of the season with the Avalanche. He last played in the NHL in 2015-16 as he played in nine games with Colorado, garnering two assists.
Malcolm Subban took the loss as he stopped 35 shots. Subban was playing in his second game in a row, replacing the slumping Marc-Andre Fleury who has loss three in a row. Subban was riding a three-game winning streak.
The Golden Knights are really slumping of late with a record of 3-8-0 in their last 11 contests.
BOSTON 6 SAN JOSE 5 (Overtime)
Charlie McAvoy scored the overtime winner and allowed the Boston Bruins to escape with a 6-5 win over San Jose.
The Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period as defensemen Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara made it 2-0 before Karson Kuhlman with his first career goal in only his second NHL game gave Boston the big lead.
Joe Thornton scored his first of three goals with only three seconds remaining in the third to breath some life into the Sharks.
Thornton made it 4-3 with his 12th of the season and Logan Couture tied it up before the end of the second with a shorthanded goal.
Thornton gave San Jose its first lead of the game at the 13:32 mark of the third but Chris Wagner, who fought Justin Braun earlier in the contest, tied it at 5 with 1:49 left in the third to send it into extra time and set up McAvoy’s heroics.
Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots and picked up his 20th win of the season.
It was a horrible outing for Martin Jones as he allowed all six goals on only 20 shots. The San Jose netminder is 28-11-5 this season but his peripherals are terrible as he has a 2.95 GAA and a .896 save percentage.
David Krejci had three assists for Boston while DeBrusk had two. Pavelski had a pair of assist as well.
McAvoy led both teams with seven hits.
WASHINGTON 3 LOS ANGELES 2
Alex Ovechkin scored twice on the power play including the eventual game-winner as the Washington Capitals held on to defeat Los Angeles 3-2.
Ovechkin’s two goals give him a league-leading 42 goals this season as he attempts to score 50 for the eighth time in his career and first time in three seasons as he last had 50 in the 2015-16 campaign.
Brett Connolly also scored for Washington as his 14th of the season was sandwiched around the pair from Ovie.
Pheonix Copley picked up the win as he stopped 26 shots. He is 13-5-3 and it was the second time in a week that he beat the Kings.
Jack Campbell was not busy in the Kings cage and stopped only 18-of-21 in taking the loss.
John Carlson had a pair of assists as he set up Ovechkin for both his power play goals.
Alex DeBrincat - 3
Joe Thornton - 3
Nikita Kucherov – 2
Brayden Point – 2
Colin White – 2
Thomas Chabot – 2
Alex Ovechkin - 2
Nikita Kucherov - 3
David Krejci - 3
Elias Lindholm - 2
Rasmus Andersson – 2
Dylan Strome – 2
Alex DeBrincat – 2
Patrick Kane – 2
Duncan Keith – 2
Brady Tkachuk – 2
Jake DeBrusk – 2
Joe Pavelski – 2
John Carlson - 2
Shots on Goal
Cam Atkinson – 6
Patrick Kane – 6
Jonathan Toews – 6
Logan Couture - 6
Charlie McAvoy - 7
Kole Sherwood – 6
Justin Braun – 5
Chris Wagner - 5
Nikita Kucherov – 4
Josh Anderson - 4
Dylan DeMelo – 4
Slater Koekkoek - 4