Three Stars: Big night for Nathan MacKinnon
1. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Another day, another game where Nathan MacKinnon is absolutely ridiculous.
The Avalanche scorer tallied two goals just two nights after his controversial helmet throw at Arizona’s Conor Garland cost him $5,000.
First, he put the Avs ahead 2-1 in the second with a power play goal along with goal line, flipping it past Blues goalie Jordan Binnington. He extended the lead to 3-1 with a quick wrister.
His efforts helped earn Avs backup goalie Jonas Johansson his first win with the Avalanche, and extended their team unbeaten streak to 11-0-2 over the past 13 contests.
Not a bad night for the Sharks overall, but especially a good showing for their goalie. Jones stopped 26 Kings shots to earn San Jose its third straight victory and put them two points ahead Los Angeles, just three spots outside a playoff spot.
It’s Jones’ first shut out since February 29, 2020 when he did it against the Penguins.
Rudolfs Balcers added a goal and an assist for the Sharks as well, but this game, and win, belonged to a big effort by Jones.
3. Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers
Not too many surprise performances across the league when two perennial Hart candidates are putting up points. Draisaitl netted two assists in the Oilers’ tight 3-2 win over Calgary.
Both helpers came on the power play, including Connor McDavid‘s game winner 7:01 into the third period. His efforts helped lead the Oilers to their fifth win over rival Calgary, improving their record to 5-0-2 against them this season.
Draisaitl is now second in the league in scoring behind just McDavid with 56 points (19 goals, 37 assists).
Stats from Friday in the NHL
Coyotes forward Lane Pederson notched his first career goal on Friday night as well en route to Arizona’s 4-2 win over the Ducks.
Highlights for Friday in the NHL
Nathan MacKinnon put the Avalanche ahead in the first period with a nasty goal at the crease.
Capitals 2, Devils 1 (OT)
Maple Leafs 2, Jets 1 (SO)
Oilers 3, Flames 2
Avalanche 3, Blues 2
Coyotes 4, Ducks 2
Sharks 3, Kings 0
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