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No. 1 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Oh, where to begin with this game. Well, Malkin recorded his 11th career hat trick in a 10:51 span during a crazy second period against the Washington Capitals. The Penguins would win 8-7 in overtime, thanks to second Conor Sheary goal, and the game would see nine goals in the second period. Of the 40 players involved, 27 recorded at least a point. Sidney Crosby would finish with a goal and three assists.
No. 2 Star: Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders
Greiss picked up his first shutout of the season and fifth of his career as the Islanders blanked the Boston Bruins 4-0 in a Monday matinee. Nikolay Kulemin scored twice and Jason Chimera chipped in with a shorthanded tally. New York blew the game wide open in the first period when they built up a 3-0 lead in a span of 5:20.
No. 3 Star: Jared Coreau, Detroit Red Wings
The Kings honored Willie O’Ree before the game two days before the 59th anniversary of his breaking of the NHL’s color barrier:
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Two of the NHL’s top teams met again on Monday night and wouldn’t you know it, they both had a hankerin’ for some offense.
The Washington Capitals built up a 2-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins after the first period, but it was the middle frame that was, to borrow a phrase from Gary Bettman, “absolutely bizonkers” and saw the game go from 2-0 to 6-5.
Evgeni Malkin scoring a hat trick would have been the big highlight if not for the fact that the Capitals and Penguins combined for NINE goals in the second period. That’s right, nine in a span of 20 minutes.
Justin Williams gave Washington a 3-0 lead 1:17 in and then it was all Penguins. Malkin (twice), Conor Sheary, Nick Bonino and Bryan Rust scored in a span of 8:09 to turn the game on its head. But then the Capitals answered with a pair of their own from Brett Connolly and Lars Eller 1:47 apart. And then finally, because it had to come to an end at some point, Malkin capped off his 11th career hat trick – after a review for potential goaltender interference – with his 21st of the season.
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LOS ANGELES – Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin was nonchalant when he explained his gorgeous assist in the first period of his team’s 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
On the play Drouin got open then quickly fired a pass under Jeff Carter’s stick to Tyler Johnson for the goal. To most onlookers in the building, the feed was highlight-reel worthy, but the way Drouin described it, the pass was just another play.
“Just going up the wall, Pearson was kind of on me, spun off him and they were playing man-to-man D so somebody got open. (Johnson) slipped back door and there was a lane there to make a play,” Drouin said. “(I passed it) through (Carter’s) stick – I saw a line through his stick. I had to make it quick. They’re a good defensive team, so you have that one second, that split second and I did.”
Monday’s game against the Kings almost perfectly encapsulated how far the 21-year-old Drouin has come with the Lightning. Head coach Jon Cooper decided to put him on the ice as the team held down the lead near the end of the contest. Before this season Drouin didn’t see those types of minutes.
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There’s no doubt that every hockey goalie wants to score a goal. From their end of the ice they watch their teammates make great plays for 60 minutes and celebrate together when the opponents’ red light goes on.
Martin Jones is a goaltender, and he sure wanted to score a goal Monday afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets.
With the San Jose Sharks up 4-1 late in the third period and the Winnipeg net empty, Jones gloved a Dustin Byfuglien shot from center ice and saw his opportunity. He calmly put the puck on the ice and readied his shot even with Mark Scheifele in pursuit.
But Jones’ attempt to wing the puck up ice and toward the Jets’ goal was cut short when Scheifele got his body in front of it, knocked it down, spun and scored.
Can we expect Jones to make the most out of his next goal opportunity? Don’t count on it.
“[T]hat’s the first time I’ve tried, and probably the last, too,” he said via the Mercury News.
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LOS ANGELES – Dallas Stars television broadcasters Daryl Reaugh and Craig Ludwig are quick to point out that their current set-up isn’t for the long haul.
Are they having fun in their first year with Reaugh as the play-by-play man and Ludwig as the analyst? The answer is generally yes. It’s a new challenge for both and one that gives them some enjoyment at this stage in their lives.
But this fulfillment is tempered with sadness. The reason they were formed as a tandem was because regular play-by-play man Dave Strader was diagnosed with bile duct cancer last summer. The organization made the decision to put Reaugh and Ludwig together in order to keep the broadcasts as insightful as possible with familiar faces to the team’s fans as Strader went through treatment
Last summer the two did some tests on past games on television with each other and Reaugh watched past Stars games on his iPad and practiced on those as well.
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It’s been a frustrating season for Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars. Not only because he’s playing in front of the goaltending equivalent of a ‘Welcome’ mat, but because he went from 41 goals last season to just 10 in 40 games this season.
Heading into the Stars’ game at the Buffalo Sabres on Monday afternoon, Benn had tallied one goal since Dec. 15. To put this in terms you’ll better understand: Jamie Benn has one goal since ROGUE ONE premiered.
In Buffalo, Benn finally decided to take his frustrations out on the source of these offensive struggles: His sticks.
Here’s Jamie Benn. He’s a lumberjack and he’s OK. He sleeps all night and he skates all day.
Somewhere, Bo Jackson is nodding in knowing appreciation.
So that’s one stick he cracked in half on the ice, and two more on the bench. It was at that moment John Klingberg nervously scooted over from his captain, lest Benn mistake him for a stick as well.
For their role in his offensive struggles, Jamie Benn crushed about $600 worth of sticks.
That sound you just heard was executives at Bauer Hockey losing their minds.
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A few summers ago, Hayley Wickenheiser participated in a summer camp in Cole Harbour, N.S. The camp was run by hockey coach Brad Crossley, well-known for his work with NHLers like Sidney Crosby. It was attended by a who’s who of pro hockey, including the aforementioned Pittsburgh superstar.
After working alongside Wickenheiser on the first day of camp, Crossley went home and told his young hockey-playing daughter about the scrimmage.
“Man, I’ve never seen a girl play hockey like that,” he told her. “It’s doesn’t matter who she’s on the ice with she’s the hardest worker and the most competitive person on the ice.”
It’s something Alexis Crossley, now 22, has never forgotten. Like Wickenheiser, Crossley grew up playing hockey with boys because there weren’t enough girls to field competitive teams.
“I remember when I was a kid, I hid in the bathroom and tucked my hair up so no one would know I was a girl,” Wickenheiser told The Canadian Press. “I just went through hell really, to play. Girls don’t have to go through hell anymore to play hockey.”
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By Chris Morgan
Monday is Martin Luther King Day, and because of the holiday, the NHL’s schedule is a little weird. The first games start at 1:00 PM ET, so if you plan on playing any daily fantasy hockey you’ll want to set your lineups early, or it may end up being too late.
Martin Jones , SAN vs. WPG ($32): The Sharks have a plus-12 goal differential, while the Jets are down at minus-13, so it’s pretty clear which of these two teams is better. Additionally, San Jose only gives up 27 shots on goal per game, one of the lowest totals in the league. Jones sports a 2.26 GAA, and it seems like he’s got a good chance here of picking up the win at home.
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Ben Bishop , TAM at LOS ($32): Bishop has only played in one game since returning from an injury-related absence, but on the season he has a 2.75 GAA and a .908 save percentage, while Tampa ranks 24th in goals allowed and 20th on the penalty kill. Los Angeles doesn’t have the most potent offense, but they don’t need to based on Bishop’s play so far, and it’ll be hard for him to pick up the win on the road.
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• Intermission entertainment in Winnipeg includes performances by this barbershop quartet, the Auld Laine Synes.
• Derek Boogaard’s father, Len, is trying to get the NHL to listen to his pleas for removing fighting from the game. [Globe and Mail]
• The fun continues: “Despite the committee being quoted in October as saying Jan. 15 was a deadline for a decision on NHL participation in South Korea, an International Olympic Committee spokesperson said Friday there is, in fact, no firm deadline.” [TSN]
• Nick Backstrom, Brad Marchand and Jamie Brock McGinn are your NHL Three Stars of the Week. [NHL]
• Finally, a bouncing puck didn’t help out Ben Scrivens here:
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Once again, the Pittsburgh Penguins are dealing with an injury to their blue line after Kris Letang suffered a lower-body injury Saturday night in Detroit.
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said on Monday that Letang is on injured reserve and considered “week-to-week.” Chad Ruhwedel has been recalled to help out on the back end.
Here’s how the lower-body injury happened, via Steph:
Letang injury pic.twitter.com/KHTGEYZIGk
— GIF Grand Maester (@myregularface) January 15, 2017
Letang’s absence leaves a huge hole on the Penguins blue line. The 29-year-old plays over 25 minutes a night, which includes significant time on the power play and penalty kill. He’s also been a big source of offense from the back, along with Justin Schultz, with his four goals and 23 points this season.
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