There was plenty of news out of the Montreal Canadiens; camp Monday with news that Max Pacioretty could be gone for the season, as he is out for the next four-six weeks with a knee injury.
If that was not enough, Victor Mete, the rookie defenseman, suffered a fractured finger Friday and should miss six weeks which would end his NHL campaign.
The Calgary Flames are hoping the Chris Wideman will return before the end of the season as he has been out since November 16 with a torn hamstring.
The first star of the week was Nathan MacKinnon who had five goals and 11 points in four games. He has been one of the best in the league this season.
The second star was Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine who had four goals and seven points in three games.
The third star was Aleksander Barkov. He had five goals and six points in four games.
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PITTSBURGH 4 CALGARY 3 (Overtime)
Justin Schultz scored in overtime to lead the Penguins to a 4-3 win over Calgary. It was only the fourth goal and 19th point in 48 games after a career-changing 51 points including 12 goals last season. It was his first full one in Pittsburgh and it led many to draft him quite early in drafts this season.
Evgeni Malkin led the Penguins with a goal and two assists to give him 37 goals and 82 points, tied for the NHL lead with Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning. It has been a great season for the Penguins star and it remains a bit baffling how he has stayed healthy all season.
Tristan Jarry was strong in net stopping 35 shots for the win.
Johnny Gaudreau had an assist to halt a four game pointless streak.
Jon Gillies stopped 28 shots in the Calgary cage.
BUFFALO 5 TORONTO 3
The Toronto Maple Leafs miss Auston Matthews. And why shouldn’t they. He is their top player and leading scorer and has been out the last five games and Toronto has lost its last four, going 0-3-1 in that span.
Jason Pominville, Ryan O'Reilly, Sam Reinhart and Johan Larsson each had a goal and an assist for the Sabres. Zemgus Girgensons scored the other Buffalo goal while Mitch Marner replied for Toronto. Marner has 13 goals in his last 21 games after starting the season with only five goals in his first 47 contests.
Chad Johnson was terrific once again as he stopped 38 shots to pick up his third straight win. He has given up five goals on 99 shots in the three victories.
Frederik Andersen did not have the luck of the Irish with him on Monday as he had a couple of fluke goals beat him. He turned aside only 19 shots and has given up 10 goals on 49 shots in his last two games.
Rasmus Ristolainen had a pair of assists for Buffalo.
Ron Hainsey was a minus-four on the night.
OTTAWA 3 DALLAS 2 (Overtime)
Erik Karlsson had the game winner in overtime to lead the Senators to a 3-2 win over Dallas. It was only his seventh goal of the season as he has struggled (at least as much as Erik Karlsson ever struggles) and has 49 points in 60 games.
John Klingberg had an assist Monday and has 49 this season.
Craig Anderson stopped 31 shots for the win while Kari Lehtonen gave up all three goals on 18 shots after replacing Ben Bishop at the mark of the first after he stopped 12 Ottawa shots. He suffered a lower body injury when teammate Dan Hamhuis fell awkwardly on him.
Mark Stone had an assist to give him a nine game points streak.
EDMONTON 4 ARIZONA 3 (Overtime)
It is becoming a trend tonight with defensemen scoring in overtime and the Oilers Oscar Klefbom continued the trend with his fourth goal to lead Edmonton to a 4-3 win over Arizona. The Coyotes are 7-1-3 in their last 11 games.
Congratulations go out to Milan Lucic who scored for the first time in 29 games. It has been a tough go of it for Lucic who has really struggled this season.
Cam Talbot turned away 32 shots for his 23rd win of the season. He had 42 last year but will not come near that mark this season.
Darcy Kuemper also made 32 saves and is 0-1-1 with Arizona after his trade from the Kings. He has given up seven goals on 63 shots in the two contests.
VANCOUVER 4 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3 (Overtime)
Brendan Leipic’s second goal of the game was the winner as the Canucks defeated the Islanders 4-3 in overtime. Is everyone surprised that a rearguard did not get the winner.
It was the battle of the rookies as Mathew Barzal and Brock Boeser faced off against each other. Barzal was the winner as the Colquitlam B.C native had a pair of assists in his first NHL game in his hometown. Barzal has 69 points this season, the same as Auston Matthews had in his Calder Trophy winning season last year.
Boeser was held off the scoresheet and was a minus-one in 18:11 of action. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he tried to check Cal Clutterbuck of the Islanders and fell into the open bench door.
Josh Bailey got the Islanders off to an early 1-0 lead as he scored the lone goal of the first period. John Tavares who snapped a five-game pointless streak last game, upped his consecutive points streak to two games with his 31st of the season to give the New Yorkers a 2-0 lead.
But the Canucks struck back with three in a row as Brendan Leipsic with his third of the season and first as a Vancouver Canuck, Darren Archibald and Jake Virtanen gave the Canucks the lead until Jordan Eberle scored his 23rd of the season with 1:04 left in the third to send it into overtime. Tavares and Barzal assisted on the game-tying goal.