The three stars of the week were announced on Monday and Andrei Vasilevskiy was named the first star.
The Tampa Bay goaltender was 3-0-0 with a pair of shutouts, giving up only two goals all week. He had a .975 save percentage.
Patrick Kane of Chicago was the second star as he scored his 400th career goal, becoming the 100th NHL player to do so. He had three goals and eight points in four games for the Blackhawks.
Mats Zuccarello was the third star. The winger has been terrific since returning from off-season arm surgery seven games ago and has three goals and 11 points including a pair of goals and six assists in four games last week.
There were seven games in the NHL on Monday so let’s get right to the action.
CAROLINA 3 FLORIDA 2
Martin Necas scored the winner in overtime and assisted the pair of regulation goals as Carolina defeated Florida 3-2.
It was a big night for the former first round pick in 2017 as Necas has three goals and 14 points in 18 games, the best start in his young NHL career.
Brett Pesce got things started in the first with a power play goal and after a goalless second period, the Panthers came flying back in the third with goals from Frank Vatrano who moved up to the top line Monday with Aleksander Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe and Eetu Luostarinen to take a 2-1 lead.
But Vincent Trocheck with his 11th of the season, tied the game against his former Panther teammates, sending the game into overtime for Necas’ heroics.
Alex Nedeljkovic was sensational in net as he stopped 44-of-46 Florida shots for the win. He is 3-2-1 with a 2.31 GAA and a .924 save percentage. He will be the odd-man out once Petr Mrazek returns and that appears imminent as Mrazek and James Reimer will share the net but Nedeljkovic deserves a shot to start in the NHL and perhaps he will get it next season with Seattle.
Chris Driedger took the overtime loss, stopping 27 shots as he is 7-2-2 this season with a 2.25 GAA and a .926 save percentage.
Noel Acciari had six hits.
OTTAWA 5 CALGARY 1
Drake Batherson scored twice to lead the Senators to a 5-1 win over Calgary in North Division action.
It’s been a great start to the season for Batherson who has clicked with Tim Stutzle, the Senators first pick and third overall in the 2020 Draft. Batherson’s two goals give him nine this season. He has scored in each of his last six games and looks to have finally arrived in the NHL.
Matt Murray made 28 saves in the Ottawa cage for the win as he is now 6-10-1 with a 3.55 GAA and .888 save percentage. Murray has won four of his last five games after a bad start to his Ottawa career.
Milan Lucic with his sixth of the season, replied for Calgary. Lucic has been a pretty good addition to the Flames and has outplayed James Neal, whom he was traded for in the summer of 2019, outside of the first two weeks of last season.
David Rittich picked up the start for Calgary and turned aside 31of-35 shots as he is 2-5-1 with a 2.92 GAA and a .904 save percentage. It seems like he leaves his best games against Toronto as he was 1-0-1 last week, giving up only two goals on 73 shots.
Stutzle had two assists and has a four game points streak in which he has five assists. The German-born future star has five goals and 14 points in 21 games as he has turned it up a notch in the last week.
Mark Giordano had six shots on net.
VANCOUVER 4 WINNIPEG 0
Thatcher Demko stopped all 27 shots as the Canucks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-0. Demko made his third straight start and finally won his fourth of the season as he is 4-9-1 with a 3.06 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
Nils Hoglander with his first power play point of the season, scored at the 14:50 mark of the first to make it 3-0 Vancouver.
There was no more scoring until Elias Pettersson scored into the empty net with 3:34 to go in the third. Pettersson also had an assist on Miller’s goal and has 20 points in 25 games this season.
It was not the best of nights for Connor Hellebuyck who made 15-of-18 saves in taking the loss. He is 10-5-1 with a 2.59 GAA and a .915 save percentage, coming off a Vezina winning 2019-20 campaign.
Kyle Connor had seven of the 27 shots Winnipeg directed at Demko.
VEGAS 5 MINNESOTA 4 (Overtime)
Max Pacioretty’s second goal of the game was the overtime winner as the Golden Knights snapped Minnesota’s six-game winning streak Monday.
It was a huge night for Mark Stone who assisted on all five Vegas goals.
After a scoreless first period, it was a wild and wooly second. Cody Glass opened the scoring with a power play goal but the Wild scored four times in under 10 minutes as Marcus Foligno scored twice with Jordan Greenway and Nick Bonino also lighting the lamp while Pacioretty with his first of two, replied for Vegas to make it 4-2 after two.
Stone’s five-point effort gives him 18 assists and 22 points in only 18 games while Pacioretty, who also had an assist, has 10 goals and 16 points.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves. He was busy in the crazy second period, stopping 12-of-16 shots but only faced three in the third after stopping all 11 in the first. He is 10-3-0 with a 1.77 GAA and a .935 save percentage.
Cam Talbot got the start with Minnesota and made 34 saves in taking the overtime loss. He is 4-2-1 with a 2.56 GAA and a .917 save percentage as both goalies took a hit to their peripherals.
Pacioretty had eight shots on net while Jonathan Marchessault had six.
The Wild did not have a power play opportunity as the Golden Knights did not take a penalty while Vegas was two-for-three.
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ST. LOUIS 5 ANAHEIM 4
It should have been Isac Lundestrom night in Anaheim as he had the hat trick but the Anaheim Ducks lost yet again, this time to the St. Louis Blues 5-4 in the first of a two-game set. They face each other once again on Wednesday.
The Ducks are on a horrible streak as they are now 0-11-5 when giving up two or more goals.
Ville Husso made 29 saves for the win as he is 4-2-0 with a 3.82 GAA and a .879 save percentage. He got the start over Jordan Binnington, who had a bit of a meltdown on Saturday after being pulled in the second period.
John Gibson stopped 30-of-34 pucks to see his record drop to 5-9-4. He has a 2.76 GAA and a .905 save percentage. If he isn’t great, the Ducks chances of winning dive straight down like a bird.
Adam Henrique was a minus-four.
Trevor Zegras, the Ducks outstanding offensive center of the future, still has yet to garner a point after four games but did manage a team-high five shots on goal.
Sanford had six shots on goal.
TORONTO 3 EDMONTON 0
The Maple Leafs put in third string goaltender Michael Hutchinson in net but it didn’t matter as he stopped all 31 shots fired at him by the Oilers and led Toronto to a 3-0 over Edmonton, the second shutout in a row for Toronto over the Oilers.
The Leafs lost Jack Campbell to injury and with regular starter Frederik Andersen still not ready to return, they turned to Hutchinson who turned in a perfect effort, holding Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl pointless for the second game in a row.
Hutchinson is 3-1-0 this season with a GAA of 1.76 and a save percentage of .943.
The Oilers came out flying with the first seven shots on net in the game but then the Maple Leafs scored on their first two shots, as Zach Hyman with his sixth and William Nylander with his ninth made it 2-0. Morgan Rielly on the power play late in the first finished the scoring as Rielly and Nylander each picked up an assist.
Mikko Koskinen made 20 saves but didn’t record his first until the 14-minute mark of the opening period.
McDavid had six shots on goal.
Things got rough with 25 seconds left in the third as Josh Archibald and Travis Dermott fought while Zach Bogosian and Darnell Nurse each picked up misconducts. Alex Chiasson got five for cross-checking and a game misconduct at the end of the game for a hit on Jimmy Vesey that may need discipline from the NHL.
SAN JOSE 6 COLORADO 2
The San Jose Sharks spotted the Colorado Avalanche a two-goal lead before roaring back to score the final six of the contest as they upset the Avs 6-2.
Evander Kane led the way for the Sharks with a goal and two assists. John Leonard, Kevin Labanc and Rudolfs Balcers scored up front while defensemen Radim Simek and Erik Karlsson each picked up their first of the season. Kane has a four-game points streak in which he has four goals and eight points.
Martin Jones turned aside 33 shots for the win. He is 7-5-1 with a 3.70 GAA and a .883 save percentage as he has struggled at times this season.
Philipp Grubauer was in net for the Avalanche and stopped 21-of-26 shots in the loss. His record dropped to 10-6-0 with a 2.20 GAA and a .915 save percentage.
Timo Meier had three assists as the Sharks scored six goals for the second game in a row.
Ryan Graves, the NHL leader in plus/minus last year, was a minus-four in the game after entering Monday’s tilt with an even rating.
Isac Lundestrom – 3
Drake Batherson – 2
Zach Sanford – 2
Marcus Foligno – 2
Max Pacioretty – 2
Mark Stone – 5
Timo Meier – 3
Evander Kane – 2
Justin Faulk – 2
Rickard Rakell – 2
Jonas Brodin – 2
Tim Stutzle – 2
Martin Necas – 2
Adam Gaudette – 2
Shots on Goal
Max Pacioretty – 8
Nazem Kadri – 7
Kyle Connor – 7
Mark Giordano – 6
Nathan MacKinnon – 6
Zach Sanford – 6
Connor McDavid – 6
Noel Acciari – 6
Jani Hakanpaa – 6
Erik Gudbranson – 5
Alex Chiasson – 15
Darnell Nurse – 10
Zach Bogosian – 10
Travis Dermott – 7
Josh Archibald – 5
Source: Yahoo Sports