Makar the star as Avalanche beat Ottawa

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The three stars were announced on Monday and Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau was the first star of the week. The winger had four goals including two game winners, as well as three assists in four games. Gaudreau, who is in a contract year, has eight goals and 22 points, good for sixth place in NHL scoring.

Washington’s Ilya Samsonov was the second star of the week as he was perfect in two games, shutting out Los Angeles and San Jose this week, stopping all 56 shots. The netminder has a 151:27 shutout streak heading into his next game and is 6-0-1 with a 2.11 GAA and a .924 save percentage.

Colorado’s Cale Makar was the third star of the week as the defenseman had three goals and five points in only two games. Makar has 13 points in 12 games and leads all NHL blueliners in points-per-game average at 1.08.

There are six games on the Monday slate.

COLUMBUS 7 BUFFALO 4

It was a big night for the Blue Jackets fourth line of Jack Roslovic, Max Domi and Gregory Hofmann as the trio combined for three goals and five assists to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 7-4 win over the slumping Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres started the season hot, going 5-0-1 until Halloween but it has been a different story in the last three-plus weeks as they are 2-9-1 since then.

Roslovic had a pair of first period goals for Columbus while Tage Thompson with his first of two, and Zemgus Girgensons replied for the Sabres as both teams retired to the dressing room even at 2 after one period.

It was an eventful second period as Columbus scored three in a row to make it 5-2 as Oliver Bjorkstrand and Domi scored in the first 55 seconds of the second, forcing Buffalo coach Don Granato to pull starting goaltender Dustin Tokarski from the game after he gave up four goals on only 12 shots. Vladislav Gavrikov with his first of the campaign scored at the 3:41 of the period, beating Aaron Dell.

Dylan Cozens made it 5-3 at the 4:44 mark of the second and Tage Thompson with his second of the game and on the power play, cut the Columbus lead to one with 10:05 left in the middle stanza.

There was no scoring in the final period until Gavrikov with his second, and Sean Kuraly each scored into the empty net.

Dell stopped 14-of-15 to take the loss.

Joonas Korpisalo gave up four goals on 33 shots to win his third game in his last four starts. Korpisalo is 3-3-0 with a 3.63 GAA and a .894 save percentage.

Domi, Hofmann, Rasmus Dahlin and Colin Miller each had two assists.

Thompson had five shots on goal.

NASHVILLE 3 ANAHEIM 2

Yakov Trenin’s unassisted goal at the 12:10 mark of the third period was the winner as the Nashville Predators prevailed over the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.

The big story of the game was that Troy Terry was held pointless, ending his 16-game points streak. The winger has been outstanding this season as he had 12 goals and 22 points during the streak which started in Game 2 of the season.

Ryan Johansen opened the scoring with his sixth of the season as it was the only goal of the first period.

Rickard Rakell evened the score at 1 for Anaheim in the second period but the Predators took a 2-1 lead into the third after Johansen set up Mikael Granlund for a power play goal.

Anaheim tied it once again in the third as Jamie Drysdale flipped the puck towards the net and it bounced off two Nashville players before finally finding the back of the net. The double carom was something Minnesota Fats would have been proud of.

Juuse Saros stopped 29 shots to move to 8-6-1 with a 2.43 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

John Gibson turned aside 32-of-35 shots in taking the loss as he is 9-4-2 with a 2.36 GAA and a .925 save percentage.

Drysdale had six shots on goal while Roman Josi had five.

Trevor Zegras took a pair of minor penalties.

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ST. LOUIS 5 VEGAS 2

The Vegas Golden Knights scored a pair of goals early in the first period but it was all St. Louis after that as the Blues upended Vegas 5-2.

Chandler Stephenson scored just 36 seconds into the first and Reilly Smith with his eighth made it 2-0 at the 6:50 mark but the Blues struck for three goals in 2:15 in the middle of the first as Ryan O'Reilly with his third, Tyler Bozak with his first of the season and Justin Faulk with his third gave the Blues a lead they would never relinquish.

Brandon Saad with his eighth of the season scored the only goal of the second while Niko Mikkola scored his first of the season and second of his career to complete the scoring.

Jordan Binnington made 32 saves for the win, giving him a 7-5-2 mark with a 2.79 GAA and a .914 save percentage.

It was not a great night for Robin Lehner in the Vegas cage as he gave up all five goals on 31 shots. He is 8-7-0 with a 3.01 GAA and a .913 save percentage.

Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron each had two assists.

COLORADO 7 OTTAWA 5

Nazem Kadri had a goal and three assists to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 7-5 win over the Ottawa Senators.

It was Ottawa’s first game since Nov. 14 as they had three games postponed due to a COVID outbreak on the team which saw 10 players and one coach sent to the protocol list.

All but Drake Batherson and Nikita Zaitsev returned to the lineup Monday and the Senators gave the Avalanche all they could handle before wilting in the third period.

It was a wild night of scoring as Cale Makar scored a pair of goals for the second night in a row. The defenseman has seven goals and eight assists in 13 games and has five goals and seven points in his last three contests.

Devon Toews and Valeri Nichushkin each had a goal and an assist while Mikko Rantanen and Alex Newhook with the winner, also scored for the Avs.

Zach Sanford had the hat trick for St. Louis with Josh Norris and Artem Zub also finding the back of the net.

It was not a great evening for goaltenders as Darcy Kuemper gave up all five goals on only 20 shots. Jonas Johansson actually came into the game in the second period as Kuemper needed repairs on a skate and Johansson made one save in 2:25 of action. Kuemper is 9-4-0 and saw his GAA rise to 2.79 while his save percentage dropped to .906.

Filip Gustavsson stopped 33 shots while giving up six in the Ottawa net. He is 3-4-1 with a 3.41 GAA and a .905 save percentage.

Andre Burakovsky had three assists while Brady Tkachuk had two.

Makar had nine shots on goal.

Kadri and Nichushkin were each a plus-four with Toews, Samuel Girard and Burakovsky all a plus-three.

Norris and Tim Stutzle were each a minus-three.

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PITTSBURGH 3 WINNIPEG 1

The Pittsburgh Penguins scored once in the second period and twice in the third to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets opened the scoring with Dominic Toninato’s second goal of the season with the assists going to Neal Pionk and Brenden Dillon.

Jason Zucker tied the game with the only goal of the second period as he picked up his fourth of the year.

Danton Heinen scored the winner in the third at the 3:33 mark as he collected the rebound from a Chad Ruhwedel point shot and chipped it over the shoulder of Connor Hellebuyck into the Winnipeg cage.

Jake Guentzel scored into the empty net with 2:15 remaining to make the final score 3-1.

Tristan Jarry got the win as well as adding an assist on Guentzel’s goal. Jarry won his third straight game and is 8-4-3 with a 2.09 GAA and a .930 save percentage as he stopped 30 shots.

Hellebuyck made 33 saves and saw his record drop to 6-3-4. He has a 2.58 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

Evan Rodrigues had two assists. Sidney Crosby picked up his fifth helper of the season.

SAN JOSE 2 CAROLINA 1 (Overtime)

Alexander Barabanov scored in at the 1:42 mark of overtime to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over Carolina.

After a scoreless first period, Tony DeAngelo opened the scoring in the second as his rocket of a shot from the top of the faceoff circle easily beat James Reimer in the San Jose net.

Kevin Labanc, who returned to action Monday after serving a one-game suspension for slew-footing the Blues’ Tyler Bozak, potted his third of the season as his shot from the faceoff dot beat Antti Raanta.

Reimer made 22 saves as he played his former Carolina teammates from last season. He is 5-3-1 with a 1.87 GAA and a .940 save percentage, showing the Hurricanes that he deserved to be signed by the club in the off-season.

Raanta, who got a rare start as Frederik Andersen has seen the lion’s share of the crease made 25 saves. He is now 2-0-1 with a 2.16 GAA and a .913 save percentage.

Timo Meier had six shots on goal.

Mario Ferraro had six hits while Jacob Middleton had five.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Zach Sanford - 3

Tage Thompson – 2

Jack Roslovic – 2

Vladislav Gavrikov – 2

Cale Makar - 2

Assists

Andre Burakovsky - 3

Nazem Kadri – 3

Max Domi – 2

Rasmus Dahlin – 2

Colin Miller – 2

Boone Jenner - 2

Gregory Hofmann – 2

Vladimir Tarasenko – 2

David Perron – 2

Evan Rodrigues - 2

Shots on Goal

Cale Makar - 9

Jake Guentzel - 8

Timo Meier – 6

Jamie Drysdale – 6

Rickard Rakell – 5

Kyle Connor - 5

Tage Thompson – 5

Logan O'Connor - 5

Roman Josi - 5

Hits

Mario Ferraro – 6

Jacob Middleton - 5

Penalty Minutes

Andrew Peeke – 4

Trevor Zegras – 4

Tyler Ennis - 4