The three stars were announced on Monday and whereas I would have given one to Jeff Petry as the defenseman had three power play goals in three games (actually two weekend games), the NHL gave the first star to Evgeni Malkin who had six goals and eight points in four games.
Rookie Harri Sateri (one of the best names in hockey and it rhymes nicely with Harry Carey) took full advantage of injuries to Roberto Luongo and James Reimer and went a perfect 3-0 this week with a 1.67 GAA and a .946 save percentage to be the second star of the week.
The third star of the week went to Reilly Smith of the Vegas Golden Knights as he potted four goals and added an assist in four games.
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It was a big night for the Maple Leafs top line as linemate Zach Hyman had a goal and an assist. The line was a plus-12 on the night with Matthews a plus-five and Hyman a plus-four.
It may have been a costly win for Toronto as Frederik Andersen was taken off the ice after Corey Perry knocked into him in the second period, hitting him in the head. He was taken off for concussion protocol and did not return.
Andersen stopped 25-of-28 shots but the win went to Curtis McElhinney who stopped 15-of-16 shots. He is 7-4 this season and has given up only two goals in his last 81 shots he has faced.
But the offensive star of the night for Anaheim was Perry who assisted on all four goals. He led the Ducks as well in shots on goal with six.
NASHVILLE 5 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 4 (Overtime)
Roman Josi’s ninth goal of the season was the overtime winner as the Predators prevailed over the Islanders 5-4. It was a typical New York game as they scored a lot and gave up even more.
Kevin Fiala scored twice and was a plus-three to lead the Predators who were missing Filip Forsberg from the lineup. Forsberg was serving his first game of a three-game suspension for his interference with Jimmy Vesey of the Rangers.
Pekka Rinne stopped 24-of-28 shots for the win. He is 27-8-3 with a 2.32 GAA and a .926 save percentage. He has won seven games in a row.
The Islanders gave up 47 shots with Jaroslav Halak taking the OT loss despite making 42 stops. The Islanders have not had good goaltending this season and that will be their downfall if they are unable to make the playoffs. Halak has a 3.20 GAA and a .910 save percentage.
John Tavares and Casey Cizikas scored for the Islanders as well as defensemen Nick Leddy and Ryan Pulock. It was Leddy’s second straight game with a goal after going 24 contests without one. It was his eighth goal of the season.
Scott Mayfield suffered a lower body injury in the first period and was unable to return for the second stanza as well as the rest of the game. Consider him day-to-day.
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Martin Hanzal returned to action after missing five games with a lower body injury and potted the game winner as the Stars knocked off the New York Rangers 2-1.
The Rangers opened the scoring with David Desharnais getting his sixth of the season for the lone goal of the first period. It was the only goal that Ben Bishop would give up as he turned aside 31 shots to win his 22nd game of the season. He had missed the last two games after taking a shot to his face.
Tyler Seguin scored his 26th of the season to tie the game at 1 in the second period, setting up the chance for Hanzal’s heroics.
Henrik Lundqvist was strong in the Rangers' net with 39 saves but it was not enough for the Rangers to pull out a victory.
Jamie Benn led both teams with seven shots on goal.
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Connor McDavid had four goals for the first time in his career and added an assist to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-2 win over top-ranked Tampa Bay.
The center is back in the NHL scoring race as he has 61 points, and trails Nikita Kucherov by only four points. The Oilers had only played four games in their previous 22 days but play 11 games in the next 22 days (not including tonight) and then play 16 games in March.
McDavid has to be considered the favorite to win the Art Ross trophy after Monday’s game and I think he will easily do so.
Cam Talbot stopped 32 shots for his 19th win of the season. He has not played since January 25 but that only meant only one game.
McDavid had nine shots on goal to lead both teams. Ryan Strome had two assists with both coming on the power play.