NHL Three Stars: Marchessault leads Panthers’ blowout of Chicago



No. 1 Star: Jonathan Marchessault, Florida Panthers 

Marchessault had a natural hat trick in the Panthers’ huge 7-0 blowout of the Chicago Blackhawks. He turned a 2-0 lead into a 5-0 lead, and now has 28 goals on the season. Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and three assists for the Panthers.

No. 2 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

The Jackets goalie made 36 saves against his former team, as the Jackets defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 1-0. Alex Wennberg had the lone goal.

No. 3 Star: Riley Nash, Boston Bruins

Nash gave the Bruins and goalie Anton Khudobin all the offense they’d need in a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. He now has seven goals on the season.

Honorable Mention: Reid Boucher scored twice and Brock Boeser scored this first NHL goal in his first NHL game, as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Minnesota Wild, 4-2. The Wild still backed into the playoffs. … Antti Raanta made 30 saves as the Rangers shut out the Los Angeles Kings, 3-0. The Kings doubled the Rangers’ shot total in the second and third periods. … Sean Monahan scored with 2.5 seconds left in overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues, moving three points from the top of the Pacific Division. … Jack Eichel had two goals and an assist as the Buffalo Sabres knocked off the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2. … The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators for the third time in eight days, 3-1. Andrei Markov had three points and Carey Price made 31 saves. … The Carolina Hurricanes extended their point steak to 10 games and defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-1. … Daniel Winnik had two goals and Alex Ovechkin scored No. 30 in the Washington Capitals’ 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. … The Predators rolled the San Jose Sharks, 7-2. Colton Sissons had two goals. … Drake Caggiula and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist in the Edmonton Oilers’ 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Did You Know? Auston Matthews retook the NHL lead in rookie goals with 34 and tied the Maple Leafs rookie record for goals held by Wendel Clark (1985-86).

Dishonorable Mention: Freddie Andersen left the game for the Leafs after 19:38 with an injury. … Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brian Campbell were a minus-4. … Corey Crawford was pulled after making 21 saves on 25 shots. … The Islanders were 0-for-6 on the power play. … Connor Murphy was a minus-3. … Micheal Haley’s one-punch takeout of Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok was as ugly as Jarnkrok’s hit on him. … The Sharks have lost six straight and are tied with the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers for first place in the Pacific Division. … Joel Ward and Paul Martin were a minus-4. Brent Burns was a minus-3. … Erik Karlsson assisted on a Montreal goal:


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