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1. Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers
It takes something special these days to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs. They simply can score at will when they want to.
Barkov’s hat trick, then, was that special moment. He helped the Panthers get out to a 1-0 lead, put them ahead 3-2 in the third and then when Toronto forced overtime, it was Barkov once again to save the day, scoring on an incredible backhand deke for the win.
Not bad for a first-career hatty.
2. Daniel Sprong, Anaheim Ducks
Sprong scored to tie the game 1-1 in the first and then scored 1:19 into overtime to help the Ducks down the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1.
Sprong now has three goals in five games with the Ducks since joining Anaheim in a trade from the Penguins earlier this month. The Ducks have won three straight.
MacKinnon had a four-point night (one goal, three assists). Rantanen had two goals and a helper and Landeskog had two tallies of his own. That’s nine points for that line.
MacKinnon and Rantanen now have 50-plus points apiece and they led the Avs to a 6-4 win against the stubborn Dallas Stars.
The best line in hockey does it again.
Other notable performances:
Barkov’s OT winner and hat-trick goal:
Barzal breaking ankles:
Flames 2, Wild 1
Canadiens 5, Senators 2
Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT)
Islanders 4, Red Wings 3 (SO)
Penguins 4, Kings 3 (OT)
Capitals 4, Sabres 3 (SO)
Ducks 2, Blue Jackets (OT)
Predators 2, Devils 1 (SO)
Avalanche 6, Stars 4
Canucks 5, Flyers 1
Here’s in a lesson in not swinging your stick around when there’s a linesman escorting you to the penalty box.
Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar was on the receiving end of a 10-minute misconduct for abuse of an official after his frustrations boiled over against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
Weegar was incensed that a penalty wasn’t called after he was boarded by Maple Leafs forward Tyler Ennis. Weegar was slow to get up and when he did, he began spamming cross-checks to anyone within striking distance, including several to Ennis, one of which appeared to catch Ennis in the neck.
As he was getting taken to the box on a four-minute double minor for the cross-checking, Weegar slammed his stick against the glass near the penalty box. The stick appeared to catch the linesman Jonny Murray in the helmet.
The whole ordeal can be seen here:
Weegar got a stern talking to by referee Chris Rooney before he was sent to the locker room to serve out his misconduct.
Toronto, who were down 2-0 at that point, was unable to score on the extended power play.
It appears as if one Chicago Blackhawks fan took a double loss on Friday night.
A video that has popped up on social media shows Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk taking down a fan at United Center.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago police said the man in the video allegedly punched and put the mascot in a headlock. What happens in the video, then, appears to be the aftermath of that.
In the 24-second video, Tommy Hawk pulls off the body-to-body suplex to get his alleged attacker to the ground before landing some ground-and-pound. He’s then able to get some sort of body lock on him and push him away.
Here’s the video:
Tommy Hawk certainly held his own here.
The Blackhawks lost 4-3 in overtime against the Winnipeg Jets. According to the Sun-Times story, police were notified about the disturbance around 11:15 p.m. The game, which started at 7:30 was over at that point.
The Sun-Times reported that no one was in custody as of Saturday evening. The Blackhawks said they were looking into the incident.
When the Minnesota Wild and Calgary Flames met this past week all hell broke loose, resulting in a pair of suspensions to Flames teammates Mark Giordano and Ryan Lomberg.
Giordano was hit with a two-game suspension for kneeing Mikko Koivu, while Lomberg was suspended two games of his own for leaving the bench during a line change to start a fight with Wild defenseman Mathew Dumba. That fight was in response to a big hit by Dumba that injured Mikael Backlund.
A lot of that bad blood spilled over into Saturday’s 2-1 Flames win that featured three fights early in the first period.
Those fights started just 40 seconds into the game when Dumba found himself in a fight with Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk.
Dumba ended up exiting the game after the first period and did not return. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau had no update on his status after the game except to say they would know more on Monday.
The fisticuffs did not stop there. Later in the period Giordano fought Minnesota’s Matt Hendricks.
All of that happened in the first 18 minutes of the game.
But Giordano and Tkachuk did not just impact the game with their fists — they also scored goals.
Giordano continued what has been a career year (and maybe even a Norris Trophy worthy season) by scoring a shorthanded goal mid-way through the first period to give the Flames an early 1-0 lead, while Tkachuk scored his 14th goal of the season in the third period to help give the Flames the win.
David Rittich also continued his surprising play in the Flames’ net by stopping 34 of the 35 shots he faced.