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The three stars of the week were announced Monday and the first star was Colorado’s Nazem Kadri.
Kadri has been sensational this season and this week was no exception as he had three goals and five assists in four games with all his goals, game-winners. Kadri is fifth in NHL scoring with 58 points and is only three points away from tying his career best with still half a season to go.
The second star is also a former Toronto Maple Leaf, as goaltender Frederik Andersen was 3-0-0 with a 1.91 GAA and a .938 save percentage, in defeating Vegas, Ottawa and San Jose. Andersen has had a rebound season after an injury-riddled one last year as he is 24-6-0 with a 2.01 GAA and a .929 save percentage in his first season with the Hurricanes.
Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau was the third star of the week. He had two goals and eight points in four games, including seven points in his first two games of the week. He is eighth in NHL scoring with 52 points including 17 goals.
On a sad note, former Toronto head coach Mike Nykoluk passed away at the age of 87. Nykoluk became the first assistant coach in the NHL when Philadelphia’s Fred Shero hired him in the 1970’s and Toronto hired him a few years later to take over their top job. Condolences go out to his family.
There were five games in the NHL on Monday.
FLORIDA 8 COLUMBUS 4
It was a career night for Mason Marchment who had two goals and six points to lead the Florida Panthers to an 8-4 win over the hometown Columbus Blue Jackets. Marchment’s great performance has not just been tonight but he is on a four-game points streak in which he has six goals and 12 points, giving him eight goals and 23 points in 21 games this season.
The Panthers got Marchment from the Maple Leafs in Feb. 2020 in exchange for Denis Malgin. I guess it sort of makes up for the Florida-Toronto deal in June 2015 when the Maple Leafs acquired Zach Hyman along with a conditional pick for Greg McKegg. That one worked out for Toronto, just like the Marchment deal is working out for the Panthers.
It wasn’t only Marchment who had a big game for Florida as linemate Anton Lundell had five assists. The rookie, who was taken 12th overall in 2020, has 10 goals and 22 assists in 42 games as he is making a move to be considered for the Calder Trophy.
As well, Sam Reinhart had the hat trick and an assist as the line combined for 15 points. It is not often that the guy with the three-goal performance, plays the third fiddle in the story but it really happened tonight. As well, each member of the line was a plus-six.
The Blue Jackets got a pair of goals from Patrik Laine after he had two goals the night before against Montreal. Laine has been hot of late with six points in his last three games, giving him 10 goals and 21 points in 24 games.
It was not a great night for Columbus netminder Elvis Merzlikins who gave up seven goals on 25 shots in the first two periods before he was pulled. Joonas Korpisalo mopped up and made 14 saves on 15 shots in the third period.
Merzlikins has given up 13 goals in his last five periods and is 14-12-1 with a 3.39 GAA and a .905 save percentage.
Sergei Bobrovsky won his third straight game as he made 32 saves. Bobrovsky is 23-4-3 with a 2.56 GAA and a .920 save percentage.
Eric Robinson suffered a lower-body injury in the first period and did not return after the first intermission.
VANCOUVER 3 CHICAGO 1
Jaroslav Halak was in the Vancouver net for the first time in over a month and the first time in the 2022 calendar year and he picked up the win, stopping 20-of-21 shots in a 3-1 win over Chicago.
He picked up his second win of the season, and is 2-4-2 with a 2.40 GAA and a .918 save percentage as he moved the Canucks to within a pair of points of a playoff spot albeit with teams ahead of them holding four and five games in hand.
Connor Murphy cut the lead in half with a tick less than seven minutes to go in the third on a bad angled shot that eluded Halak but Luke Schenn with his second of the season, scored into the empty net to clinch the victory.
Marc-Andre Fleury was busy in the Chicago net as he stopped 29-of-31 shots in taking the loss. Fleury is 14-15-3 with a 2.85 GAA and a .910 save percentage. His name has been bandied about in trade rumors as the Blackhawks are going nowhere. Washington is rumored to be interested if Fleury decides he wants to go to a contender.
Schenn had a big game as he had 12 hits as well as his goal.
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TORONTO 6 NEW JERSEY 4
Auston Matthews broke out of a mini goal scoring slump, as he had gone four games without lighting the lamp, with the hat trick as the Maple Leafs came back from a 4-2 deficit to beat New Jersey 6-4.
It was the second game in a row that the Maple Leafs came back with a strong third period as they scored four times Monday after scoring five times in the third period Saturday in a comeback win over Detroit.
Matthews cut the lead in half just 13 seconds later but former Leaf Andreas Johnsson potted his 11th of the season at 9:10, chasing Jack Campbell from the Toronto cage after making only six saves. Campbell has had a tough go of it lately, giving up 24 goals in his last six starts, stopping only 139 shots. He will get Tuesday off as Petr Mrazek will get the start in New Jersey in the back half of a home-and-home series. Mrazek stopped 19-of-20 shots to pick up the win, his second in the last three nights, and is 5-2-0 with a 2.94 GAA and a .896 save percentage.
Matthews scored his second of the game at 15:04 to pull Toronto within one again, heading into the second period.
Nathan Bastian had the only goal of the second, giving New Jersey the 4-2 lead heading into the third.
The Leafs exploded for four goals in the final period as they outshot the Devils 11-2.
Jason Spezza scored his eighth of the season and then Mitch Marner tied it at four with a goal in his sixth straight game since returning from COVID protocol. He had a pair of assists as well, giving him 12 points in his last six contests and 32 points in 32 games.
Ilya Mikheyev gave Toronto their first lead of the game with a shorthanded goal, his seventh of the season, while Matthews completed the hat trick with an empty net power play goal. That is usually a rarity but it was the second game in a row that the Maple Leafs turned the trick as Marner did the same on Saturday night.
Akira Schmid got the start for New Jersey and stopped 27-of-32 shots in taking the loss. Schmid in 0-4-0 this season, his first in the NHL, with a 5.00 GAA and a .830 save percentage. He has struggled at the NHL level.
Alexander Kerfoot and Morgan Reilly each had a pair of assists.
OTTAWA 3 EDMONTON 2 (Overtime)
Tim Stutzle scored with only 38 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. It was his eighth of the season as he ripped a shot over the shoulder of Mikko Koskinen and into the top of the net.
The Senators opened scoring on a goal by Thomas Chabot. It looked like Stutzle batted the puck into the net but Chabot was given credit for his third of the year.
Nick Paul made it 2-1 Ottawa with the only goal of the second. It was his eighth of the season and it was on the power play.
Darnell Nurse scored his fourth of the season in the third to send the game into overtime.
Murray was strong in the Ottawa net as he stopped 37 shots. He is 4-6-2 with a 2.85 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He has been stellar since returning from the minors as he is 4-0-2 in his last six starts, giving up 12 goals on 198 shots, giving the Senators the goaltending they thought they were getting when dealing for him in the summer of 2020.
Koskinen stopped 28 shots in taking the overtime loss. Koskinen is 15-8-2 with a 3.16 GAA and a .900 save percentage.
William Lagesson and Stutzle fought midway through the third period, earning both five minutes in the sin bin.
Brady Tkachuk had a pair of assists.
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DETROIT 2 ANAHEIM 1 (Overtime)
Jordan Oesterle picked a perfect time to score his first of the season as he had the overtime winner to lead Detroit over the Anaheim Ducks.
It was his first goal in 61 games and 374 days, going back to last season when he scored against the Vegas Golden Knights while playing for Arizona.
Dylan Larkin opened the scoring with his 23rd goal of the season (he also had the lone assist on Oesterle’s goal) as he went around Kevin Shattenkirk like he was a pylon, and flipped the puck on the backhand past John Gibson.
It was not a busy night for Alex Nedeljkovic as he needed to make only 14 saves in picking up the win. He is 13-12-5 with a 2.90 GAA and a .910 save percentage.
Gibson made 26 saves and is 15-10-8 with a 2.49 GAA and a .922 save percentage.
Larkin had seven shots on goal.
Nick Leddy suffered an upper-body injury and did not return for the third period.
Sam Reinhart – 3
Auston Matthews – 3
Mason Marchment – 2
Patrik Laine – 2
Anton Lundell – 5
Mason Marchment – 4
Mitch Marner – 2
Morgan Reilly – 2
Brady Tkachuk – 2
Shots on Goal
Dylan Larkin – 7
Mason Marchment – 6
Ilya Mikheyev – 6
Leon Draisaitl – 6
Luke Schenn – 12
William Lagesson – 5
Tim Stutzle – 5
Max Domi – 4
Source: Yahoo Sports