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Arizona Coyotes' Louis Domingue waves to the crowd after the Coyotes' NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. Domingue earned his first NHL shutout as the Coyotes won 1-0. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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Louis Domingue snatches January’s Rookie of the Month honors

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Louis Domingue emerged as the Arizona Coyotes’ surprise starting goalie in January – at least for now – and that effort helped him get the Rookie of the Month nod from the NHL.

The league notes that Domingue generated a 6-3-2 record with a .925 save percentage in 11 games played, helping the Coyotes remain in the West’s playoff picture in the process.

He’s the second straight goalie to nab this monthly honor, as Anaheim Ducks All-Star netminder John Gibson took the December honors.

This has been a big month for Domingue off the ice as well, by the way:

Dream ride continues: John Scott named NHL’s first star of the week

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When it comes to embracing the big story of John Scott at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, the league may be graded as “better late than never.”

Continuing a dizzying few days that feel fabricated from a Hollywood script, Scott was named the first star of the week by the NHL.

His name rounded out a group that also includes forwards Cam Atkinson (second star) and Jack Eichel (third).

Here’s the league’s entry on Scott.

Scott was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday after scoring two goals with a plus-2 rating for the Pacific Division in its 9-6 win against the Central Division in the semifinals. The Pacific went on to win the All-Star Game with a 1-0 win against the Atlantic Division in the final.

Scott was named Pacific Division captain while a member of the Arizona Coyotes. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 15 and sent to St. John’s of the American Hockey League. He tipped a Brent Burns shot for his first goal and beat goalie Devan Dubnyk on a breakaway for his second of the game.

You can read up on their summary of the nice short-weeks by Atkinson and Eichel here.

If you’re among those hockey fans who have been left grumpy by Scott’s ride … well, his magical ride might be just about over.

Maybe.

More on Scott’s Cinderella story

Winning All-Star MVP

“You can’t write this stuff”

Scott opens up about all the drama

His All-Star shirts sold out in little time

WATCH LIVE: 2016 NHL All-Star Game

Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr, center, talks with Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, second from left, and Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) after the NHL hockey All-Star game skills competition Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Which team will win the $1 million Grand Prize? How will John Scott handle himself? Will Jaromir Jagr just idle toward the end because of fatigue?

Plenty of questions will be answered shortly during the¬†NHL’s 3-on-3 All-Star tournament. You can watch it all unfold on NBCSN and stream it online via the link below.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Oh, and if¬†you’re wondering about the rules, check them out here.

Here are the rules for the NHL’s 3-on-3 All Star tournament

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) talks with, second from left to right, goalies Ben Bishop of Tampa Bay, Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers,  and Braden Holtby (70) of the Washington Capitals during the shootout competition at the NHL hockey All-Star game skills competition Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Want to know how the 2016 NHL All-Star Game’s 3-on-3 tournament will work? Look no further.

  • It’s a three-game tournament, with the winner of the Metropolitan Division vs. Atlantic going up against the winner of the Pacific vs. Central in the final round. The East won the Skills Competition, so they elected to go first.
  • Six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies make up each 11-player team.
  • Each game is 20 minutes long, with two 10-minute periods. There’s a “hard whistle” after the first 10 minutes of each game to signify the end of a period, with teams switching sides.
  • Every goal will be subject to video review.
  • Power plays will be 4-on-3 on 5-on-3. In other words, as usual, there won’t be fewer than three players on the ice for either side.
  • In an interesting wrinkle, minor penalties will last one minute rather than two.
  • There will be the same officials for all games, with referees Dan O’Rourke and Ian Walsh alongside linesmen Jonny Murray and Vaughan Rody.
  • The grand prize is $1 million, split between members of the winning team.

Got it? Good.

Shea Weber went all-out to win the hardest shot competition

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Heading into the hardest shot portion of Saturday’s fantastic Skills Competition, just about everyone put their money on Shea Weber winning it. Daniel Sedin said he’d wager his salary on as much.

(It probably helped peoples’ confidence¬†that Zdeno Chara didn’t make the All-Star Game.)

Weber didn’t really approach it as a foregone conclusion, though.

He admitted that he was nervous heading into the event, and he used a stick that Sportsnet compared to a “crowbar” to unleash his near-record slapper.

NHL.com provided a behind the scenes (actually, behind the bench) take on the Skills Competition, and the flex of Weber’s stick sure seemed like the talk of the town. One of the best bits came fro Tyler Seguin:

Seguin comes over and starts talking about Weber and the upcoming Hardest Shot competition. He says he tried to flex Weber’s stick and he couldn’t even bend it a little.

“I put my whole body weight into it and I couldn’t do it,” Seguin says. “Either it’s that stiff, or he’s that strong. Or both.”

Weber went with a 130-flex stick, already up from his normal 122. Other All-Star defensemen didn’t even hit the 100 range, as Aaron Ekblad went from his normal 87 to 95. (This Hockey Flex Finder suggests a stick at 112 or so, although it’s plausible that Weber is one of those cases that break the scale.)

In a quick search, it’s difficult to come up with flex for Chara’s record-breaking stick, as flex wasn’t discussed in his case as much as how long the stick is.

Long story short? Weber definitely cared about winning the competition, and he’s crazy-strong.

Also, never mock someone who opts not to block his shot. Yikes.