Brad Marchand has another five point night

Michael Finewax
Rotoworld

The three stars of the week were announced on Monday (as they are every week) and Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks was named the number one star as he had three goals and nine points in four games. The Swedish star started the season off a touch slow with no points in his first two games but he has 20 points in his last 12 games.

The second star was Jakub Vrana who had five goals in his last two games en route to a to a six point performance in three contests.

The third star was Edmonton goaltender Mike Smith who has been amazing since being re-united with his coach in his Coyote days, Dave Tippett. Smith was a perfect 2-0, giving up only two goals on 76 shots including a magnificent effort against Pittsburgh when he almost singlehandedly beat the Penguins, stopping 51-of-52 shots.

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BOSTON 6 PITTSBURGH 4

It was another big night for Brad Marchand as he scored twice and assisted on three others to give him 10 goals and 28 points this season. It was his second five-point night in his last four games and he is currently on a 13-game points streak. The only game he was held pointless was the opener.

David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist and remains atop of the NHL scoring race with 29 points, one better than Marchand. Pastrnak is on a 12-game points streak.

Patrice Bergeron, Jake DeBrusk and Torey Krug also scored for Boston who took a 3-0 lead, gave up four in a row to the Penguins in the second period and then scored the final three for the victory.

Bryan Rust, Dominik Kahun, Nick Bjugstad and John Marino replied for Pittsburgh. It was Marino’s first career NHL goal.

David Krejci had a pair of assists for Boston.

Jaroslav Halak made 40 saves for his as he is 4-1-1 with a 2.83 GAA and a .917 save percentage.

Matt Murray got the start for Pittsburgh but was pulled after giving up his third goal on 11 shots. Tristan Jarry took over and picked up the loss, stopping 12-of-14 shots.

Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel were each a minus-four while teammates Bjugstad and Jared McCann were each a plus-three.

Brian Dumoulin blocked five shots.

Kris Letang was injured with 13:53 left in the third period and did not return. Charlie McAvoy was hurt at the 13:24 mark of the third and also did not return to action.

OTTAWA 6 NEW YORK RANGERS 2

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice in the Senators 6-2 win over New York. It was a big homecoming for Vladislav Namestnikov who was traded last month to Ottawa from the Rangers and he celebrated with a goal and an assist against his former teammates.

Namestnikov has five goals and nine points in 11 games with Ottawa after being held scoreless in two tilts with New York.

Brady Tkachuk also had a goal and an assist while Tyler Ennis and Ron Hainsey chipped in with a goal apiece.

Rookie Kaapo Kakko with his third, and Artemi Panarin, scored for the Rangers.

Anders Nilsson picked up the win for the Senators as he stopped 32-of-34 shots. It was his second win of the season.

Alexandar Georgiev made 24 saves while allowing six goals as he made his third straight start. Expect to see Henrik Lundqvist in goal Wednesday against Detroit.

There were a couple of fights in the first period as Tony DeAngelo and J.C. Beaudin battled and then Brendan Lemieux and Mark Borowiecki went at it five minutes later at the 13:43 mark of the first.

 Brendan Lemieux had 17 penalty minutes for the Rangers.

NASHVILLE 6 DETROIT 1

Matt Duchene scored twice and Filip Forsberg added a goal and an assist to lead the Predators to a 6-1 win over Detroit.

Kyle Turris, Colton Sissons and Nick Bonino also scored for Nashville as they potted five straight goals in the second period after spotting Detroit a 1-0 lead after one.

That one goal was scored by Andreas Athanasiou, his first of the season in 14 games after scoring 30 in 2018-19.

Pekka Rinne made 23 saves for his eighth win of the season. He has yet to lose in regulation as his two losses have come in extra time.

Jimmy Howard got the start for Detroit but was pulled at the 7:36 mark of the second period after giving up four goals on only 15 shots. Jonathan Bernier cleaned up, giving up two goals on 11 shots.

It was a busy night in the penalty box for Dylan Larkin who fought with Ryan Ellis at the 16:54 mark of the second, picking up five for fighting as well as a two-minute minor for roughing. He then took a double minor for high-sticking Yannick Weber in the third.

Austin Watson had seven hits in the game.

ARIZONA 3 EDMONTON 2 (Overtime)

Derek Stepan scored the overtime winner to give the Coyotes a 3-2 win. It was only his second goal of the season as the Coyotes improved their record to 9-4-1 while Edmonton is now 10-4-2. Both teams missed the playoffs last season but are first and third in the Pacific heading into action Tuesday.

Michael Grabner and Carl Soderberg each scored shorthanded for the Coyotes while Connor McDavid and Gaetan Haas with his first career NHL goal, replied for the Oilers.

Darcy Kuemper picked up his seventh win of the season against three defeats and has a sparkling 1.69 GAA and a .940 save percentage. He has been one of the best netminders in the early going and gold if you picked him in your fantasy league.

Mikko Koskinen made 21 saves and was saddled with the overtime loss.

Oscar Klefbom had six blocked shots for Edmonton.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Brad Marchand -2

Jean-Gabriel Pageau – 2

Matt Duchene - 2

Assists

Brad Marchand -3

David Krejci – 2

Roman Josi – 2

Shots on Goal

Kris Letang – 6

Matt Duchene – 6

Brady Tkachuk – 6

Tyler Ennis - 6

David Pastrnak - 5

Sidney Crosby – 5

Adam Fox – 5

Artemi Panarin - 5

Hits

Austin Watson - 7

Brandon Tanev - 6

Penalty Minutes

Brendan Lemieux – 17

Dylan Larkin – 11

Ryan Ellis – 5

Mark Borowiecki - 5

Tony DeAngelo – 5

J.C. Beaudin - 5

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