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Dose: Stamkos and Pettersson set team records

by Michael Finewax

The three stars of the week were announced by the NHL on Monday and the Islanders Thomas Greiss was the first star of the week as he was 3-1-0 this week with a 1.25 GAA and a .959 save percentage.

The second star was Brendan Perlini as the Chicago Blackhawk had five goals and seven points in three games. Perlini had a hat-trick against his former team, the Arizona Coyotes, who dealt him and Dylan Strome to Chicago for Nick Schmaltz.

The third star was Connor McDavid who had three goals and nine points in four games. He is second in the NHL in scoring with 105 points, trailing only Nikita Kucherov in the race for the Art Ross Trophy.

 

 

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TAMPA BAY 4 ARIZONA 1

Steven Stamkos set a Tampa Bay record with his 384th career goal to surpass Vincent Lecavalier as he tied the game at 1, in a 4-1 win over Arizona.

The win clinched the President’s Trophy for the Lightning as they will finish first overall in the NHL this season.

The game was a lot closer than the final score indicates as the Lightning scored a pair of shorthanded goals into the empty net in the final minute of the third to salt the game away. The Coyotes pulled goaltender Darcy Kuemper to give them a six-on-four advantage but to no avail.

Clayton Keller opened the scoring just 5:03 into the first period as he slapped the puck past Andrei Vasilevskiy. Linemate Christian Dvorak broke up a pass, sent it to Richard Panik who passed it to Keller for the one-timer. Panik was the only Coyote not to put a shot on net in the contest.

After Stamkos tied it up, the Coyotes and Lightning were scoreless in the second. Victor Hedman scored the winner just 44 seconds into the third and put it away with empty netters from Anthony Cirelli and Yanni Gourde. It was Gourde’s 20th of the season.

Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots for the win as he is now 35-8-4 with a 2.26 GAA and a .930 save percentage.

Kuemper made 20 saves on 22 shots in taking the loss. He is 24-17-6 this season.

Ryan McDonagh picked up an assist and was a plus-three with five hits and four blocked shots.

 

VANCOUVER 3 CHICAGO 2 (Overtime)

Bo Horvat scored the overtime winner just 16 seconds into extra time to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks in Chicago.

Horvat scored his 25th of the season on a nice two-way passing play between the forward and defenseman Alexander Edler. It was returning the favor in the second period as Horvat set up Edler for the Canucks first goal of the contest.

Markus Granlund also scored for Vancouver as Elias Pettersson picked up the assist. It was the 61st point of the season for Pettersson and with it, he set a Vancouver rookie record for most points in one season, surpassing Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka. Congratulations go out to Pettersson on the achievement.

Jonathan Toews opened the scoring with his 31st of the season. It was on the power play and it gave the Blackhawks an early 1-0 lead. Patrick Kane picked up his first of two assists on the goal and he became the third player to reach the 100-point mark.

After Vancouver took the 2-1 lead, defenseman Erik Gustafsson’s shot from the blueline went in off Edler to send the game to overtime and Horvat’s eventual winner.

Thatcher Demko made 29 saves for the win while Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots in taking the OT loss.

Gustafsson had seven shots on net.  

 

WINNIPEG 3 LOS ANGELES 2

Tyler Myers scored the winning goal as he gathered up the puck near his own crease, outskated the Kings down the ice and scored high, glove side on a two-on-one using Patrik Laine as a decoy. Laine joined Myers as he had just come out of the penalty box.

The Jets got off to a 1-0 lead as former Ranger Kevin Hayes scored his 17th of the season as he scored on a scramble in front of the net. Winnipeg went up 2-0 as Kyle Connor, who picked up the primary assist on Hayes’ goal, scored his 28th of the season and 55th point of the year.

But Sean Walker cut the lead in half with more than five minutes left in the first with his third of the season and then Dustin Brown evened the count at 2 with a power play goal. The veteran has 19 goals this season.

Laurent Brossoit stopped 15 shots as the Kings only managed 17 on the night, to pick up the win. He is 13-5-2 this season and has provided the Jets with a strong backup netminder on the whole this season.

Jack Campbell made 25 saves in taking the loss. He is 7-13-1 this season.

Nathan Beaulieu had seven penalty minutes which included a fight in the third period with Kyle Clifford.

Beaulieu also had seven shots on goal.

 

VEGAS 7 SAN JOSE 3

The Vegas Golden Knights made a statement on Monday night as they went into San Jose and spanked the Sharks 7-3.

The Golden Knights were led by their top line as Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and added two assists while Reilly Smith had a goal and three assists. William Karlsson had a goal and an assist as the line had 10 points and were a plus-nine.

Paul Stastny, Mark Stone and Cody Eakin all scored on the power play for Vegas to finish the scoring.

Logan Couture with a pair and Joe Thornton replied for the Sharks who remain a point out of first place in the Pacific with nine games left in the schedule.

Malcolm Subban once again got the start for Vegas as Marc-Andre Fleury is out of action with a lower-body injury. Subban stopped 36 shots for his sixth win of the season and fifth in his last seven starts.

Martin Jones got the start for San Jose but after giving up three goals on only 11 shots, he was replaced at the 12:24 mark of the first. Aaron Dell finished up and gave up three goals on 30 shots.

Nate Schmidt had a pair of assists.

 

Nightly Leaders

 

GOALS

Logan Couture – 2

Jonathan Marchessault – 2

 

Assists

Reilly Smith – 3

Patrick Kane – 2

Jonathan Marchessault - 2

Nate Schmidt – 2

 

Shots on Goal

Erik Gustafsson – 7

Nathan Beaulieu – 7

 

Hits

Ryan McDonagh – 5

 

Penalty Minutes

Nathan Beaulieu – 7

Kyle Clifford - 5

Micheal Haley - 4

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 14th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.