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.
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.
Brian Dumoulin blocked five shots.
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.
Anders Nilsson picked up the win for the Senators as he stopped 32-of-34 shots. It was his second win of the season.
Brendan Lemieux had 17 penalty minutes for the Rangers.
NASHVILLE 6 DETROIT 1
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.
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.
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.
Matt Duchene - 2
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
Austin Watson - 7
Brandon Tanev - 6
Brendan Lemieux – 17
Dylan Larkin – 11
Ryan Ellis – 5
Mark Borowiecki - 5
Tony DeAngelo – 5
J.C. Beaudin - 5