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The three stars of the week were announced and Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights was the first star.
Stone had two goals and eight assists in four games with his big game coming Monday as he picked up the primary assist on all five Vegas goals.
Vancouver’s Thatcher Demko was the second star as he finally gave the Canucks the goaltending they require if they intend on making the Stanley Cup playoffs. Demko was a perfect 3-0 with one shutout as he had a 1.00 GAA and a .969 save percentage. Vancouver beat Winnipeg once and Toronto twice during the week.
The third star was Carolina’s Martin Necas. The talented center had a pair of goals and seven points in four games. He has 18 points in 21 games and is finally becoming fantasy-worthy in the NHL.
There were six games in the NHL on Monday.
MINNESOTA 2 VEGAS 0
The loss halted the Golden Knights winning streak at six games. Kahkonen improved his record to 10-4-0 with a 2.13 GAA and a .924 save percentage. He is a definite Calder Trophy candidate, along with teammate Kirill Kaprizov and Chicago goaltender Kevin Lankinen.
Kevin Fiala scored the game winner in the first as Victor Rask broke up a Vegas play in his own end, backhanded the puck to Fiala who went in on a two-on-one with Zach Parise and used Parise as a decoy, wristing the puck over Fleury’s blocker and into the top corner.
Fleury was solid once again in the Vegas net as he made 20 saves as the Golden Knights gave up a late empty net goal to Jonas Brodin to make the final 2-0.
Fleury saw his five-game winning streak come to an end and is 12-4-0 with a 1.57 GAA and a .943 save percentage. He is going head-to-head with Andrei Vasilevskiy as Vezina Trophy candidates.
SAN JOSE 3 ST. LOUIS 2 (Overtime)
Evander Kane scored the winner, 41 seconds into overtime, as the Sharks upended the St. Louis Blues 3-2.
The Blues got off to a 1-0 lead with the only goal of the first period as Niko Mikkola scored his first career NHL goal in his 21st NHL game.
Defenseman Marc-Andre Vlasic potted his first goal of the season to tie it at 1 but Brayden Schenn with his 12th of the season, put the Blues up 2-1 with just 54 seconds left in the second as he scored on the power play.
Logan Couture scored on the power play in the third to send the game into overtime.
Devan Dubnyk got the start and the win for San Jose as he turned aside 24 shots. He is 2-5-2 in his first season with the Sharks, with a 3.33 GAA and a .893 save percentage. Not exactly fantasy-worthy.
Ville Husso gave up all three goals on only 20 shots as he saw his record drop to 5-2-1 with a 3.48 GAA and a .884 save percentage.
Ryan O’Reilly and Ryan Donato each had two assists.
EDMONTON 3 OTTAWA 2
Leon Draisaitl scored the winner with his 11th goal of the season as the Edmonton Oilers defeated Ottawa 3-2 to move to 16-11-0, winning their second game in a row.
Kailer Yamamoto, who was moved to the top line with Draisaitl and Connor McDavid at the start of the game, scored his seventh of the season and Alex Chiasson with a power play goal, his fifth of the season, also scored for Edmonton.
Chiasson has been a power play specialist of late with three goals in his last seven games.
Mikko Koskinen made 26 saves for the win as he is 8-9-0 with a 3.30 GAA and a .899 save percentage.
Joey Daccord picked up his second start of the season and held the Senators in the game, stopping 34 shots. He is 0-2-0 with a 2.70 GAA and a .913 save percentage and certainly deserves another shot in the Ottawa cage.
Evgeni Dadonov opened the scoring at the 56 second mark of the first with his eighth of the season and Tim Stutzle completed the scoring with his sixth of the season.
McDavid and Thomas Chabot each had a pair of assists.
Chiasson and Tyson Barrie had six shots on goal.
ARIZONA 3 COLORADO 2
Antti Raanta was perfect in relief as he stopped all 16 shots to pick up the win in Arizona’s 3-2 victory over Colorado.
Raanta is 4-2-1 with a 3.64 GAA and a .903 save percentage as he replaced the injured Darcy Kuemper at the 2:20 mark of the third as Kuemper left with an undisclosed injury.
The Coyotes got off to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Derick Brassard and Jakob Chychrun. Chychrun’s goal was his seventh of the season and is third best among defensemen, behind only Aaron Ekblad and Jeff Petry.
Johan Larsson with his fourth of the season, scored the winner in the third period.
It was not a great night for Colorado netminder Philipp Grubauer who faced only 14 shots, giving up three goals as the Avs outshot Arizona 35-14. Grubauer is 12-7-0 with a 2.11 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
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VANCOUVER 2 MONTREAL 1 (Shootout)
Bo Horvat scored the only goal in the shootout as the Canucks came from behind to defeat Montreal 2-1.
The Canadiens led for most of the game as Jeff Petry scored on the power play just 4:37 into the first period with his ninth of the season, tying Aaron Ekblad of the Panthers for the lead among blueliners in goals.
It stayed that way until the 19:19 mark of the third when the Canucks tied it with their net empty on Adam Gaudette’s third of the season.
Thatcher Demko stopped 29 shots and all three in the shootout as he won his fourth straight game. He is 8-9-1 with a 2.75 GAA and a .916 save percentage as he has become the undisputed number one goaltender in Vancouver at the present time.
Carey Price was the hard-luck shootout loser in his home province as he stopped 28 shots. He is 7-4-4 with a 2.69 GAA and a .903 save percentage.
Josh Anderson had six shots on goal.
Travis Hamonic blocked seven shots.
ANAHEIM 6 LOS ANGELES 5 (Overtime)
Adam Henrique scored three minutes into overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks their second straight win as they defeated the Kings 6-5.
It was not exactly a goaltender’s battle as Los Angeles outshot Anaheim 26-25.
Rickard Rakell led the way for the Ducks with a pair of goals and an assist.
Adrian Kempe had the hat trick for Los Angeles as he now has nine goals this season. He plays on the first power play and is worth taking in your pools.
John Gibson stopped 21-of-26 shots for the win. He is 6-10-5 with a 2.86 GAA and a .900 save percentage as it has not been a stellar season for the netminder.
Cal Petersen gave up six goals on 25 shots Monday. He is 4-4-4 with a 2.74 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
Max Comtois had three assists.
Jani Hakanpaa had six hits.
Kempe had six shots on goal.
Adrian Kempe - 3
Rickard Rakell – 2
Max Comtois - 3
Connor McDavid – 2
Thomas Chabot – 2
Ryan O’Reilly – 2
Ryan Donato – 2
Clayton Keller – 2
Anze Kopitar – 2
Drew Doughty - 2
Shots on Goal
Alex Chiasson – 6
Tyson Barrie – 6
Nazem Kadri – 6
Adrian Kempe – 6
Josh Anderson - 6
Jani Hakanpaa - 6
Erik Gudbranson – 17
Jujhar Khaira – 9
Kyle Clifford – 5
Kurtis Gabriel - 5