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The three stars of the week were announced on Monday and Alex Ovechkin was named the first star of the week for his outstanding performance of four goals and seven points in three games. Included in the week was a hat trick on Friday in a 4-3 win over Florida. Ovechkin is second in NHL scoring this season with 19 goals and 37 points in only 22 games.
The second star was Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry, Jarry was 3-0-0., stopping 91-of-93 shots in defeating Winnipeg, Vancouver and the New York Islanders. Jarry has 10 wins this season with a 1.91 GAA and a .936 save percentage,
The third star was Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche, The defenseman had four goals and seven points in four games and saw his five-game goal-scoring streak end on the weekend. He had seven goals during the streak, an amazing total. Makar has nine goals and 20 points in just 16 games.
Finally, Evander Kane cleared waivers and will be sent to the AHL to play for the San Jose Barracuda. Kane was suspended 21 games by the NHL for violating the NHL COVID-19 protocols. He still has four years left on his contract and it will be interesting to see if he ever plays for the Sharks again, or even in the NHL.
There are four games on the Monday slate.
SEATTLE 7 BUFFALO 4
Look who is getting hot! The expansion Seattle Kraken! The Kraken won their fourth game in the last five with a high-scoring performance in a 7-4 win over Buffalo.
The Kraken got things started early with a pair of shorthanded goals (the first two in Seattle history) by Carson Soucy and Brandon Tanev and then made it 3-0 to end the first when Jared McCann scored his first of two on the night.
The Sabres got on the scoreboard when Brett Murray scored his first goal in his NHL career. Murray added an assist later in the game and has three points in his last two games.
Skinner then scored his second of the game in the the third to make it 5-3. The goal gave him eight on the season, one more than last season which was a complete write-off for the winger.
Jason Schwartz scored to make it 6-3 and Dylan Cozens scored for Buffalo but Appleton's second of the game as well as his second of the season into the empty net, completed the scoring.
Chris Driedger picked up his second straight start and got the win as he turned aside 32 shots to win his second of the season. He is 2-2-0 with a 3.61 GAA and a .876 save percentage.
It was Dustin Tokarski's turn in the Buffalo cage and it was a tough night for the netminder as he stopped 25-of-31 shots to take the loss. Tokarski is 4-5-3 with a 3.28 GAA and a .903 save percentage.
Jordan Eberle was injured in the second period and did not return. There was no update after the game on his status.
VANCOUVER 2 MONTREAL 1
Thatcher Demko stopped 33 shots to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over Montreal in a battle of two struggling Canadian teams. Demko snapped a personal three-game losing streak and is 7-10-1 with a 2.96 GAA and a .908 save percentage.
Jake Allen was great as well in the Montreal cage as he gave up only two goals on 42 shots but it was not enough as his record dropped to 5-10-1with a 2.96 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
Elias Pettersson was in a horrible slump this season with only three goals and 10 points in 22 games but he opened the scoring in the first with assists going to Quinn Hughes and J.T. Miller and Montreal tied it up later in the first with Ryan Poehling's fourth of the season.
Conor Garland would score the winner in the second period and that was all the scoring there was in the contest.
Josh Anderson had six shots on goal to lead both teams while Garland had five for Vancouver.
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ARIZONA 1 WINNIPEG 0
It was Karel Vejmelka night Monday as the goaltender turned in the performance of the night, stopping all 46 Winnipeg shots in a 1-0 Arizona win.
Vejemelka stood on his head as the Jets dominate play, outshooting the Coyotes 46-15. It was his first career shutout and second straight win after starting the season at 0-9-1. He is 2-9-1 this season with a 2.80 GAA and a .916 save percentage for the suddenly competitive Coyotes.
The lone goal of the game came from another unlikely source as Antoine Roussel who scored only his third of the season but his second in two games. The tough winger has 35 penalty minutes in 18 games.
Connor Hellebuyck faced only 15 shots in taking the loss. He is 7-6-4 with a 2.60 GAA and a .916 save percentage.
Kyle Capobianco had a pair of minors.
CALGARY 2 PITTSBURGH 1 (Shootout)
Mikael Backlund scored in the seventh round of the shootout to give the Calgary Flames a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Jacob Markstrom made 21 saves and is 9-4-4 with a 1-75 GAA and a .938 save percentage.
Tristan Jarry saw his five-game winning streak snapped with the shootout loss. He is 10-4-4 with a 1.85 GAA and a .938 save percentage.
Nikita Zadorov had five hits.
Dominik Simon blocked a shot in the third period and did not return.
Jared McCann - 2
Mason Appleton - 2
Jeff Skinner - 2
Morgan Geekie - 2
Yanni Gourde - 2
Kyle Okposo - 2
Shots on Goal
Josh Anderson - 6
Evgeni Svechnikov - 5
Kyle Connor - 5
Brenden Dillon - 5
Conor Garland - 5
Blake Coleman - 5
Nikita Zadorov - 5
Brandon Tanev - 4
Michael Pezzetta - 4
Sam Lafferty - 4
Kyle Capobianco - 4