1. Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins
Not bad from the 230th and final player drafted in the 2005 NHL Draft.
Hornqvist’s goals came pretty much the same way they always do: by working hard. He cleaned up some trash in front of the net, had a knuckle puck fool a goalie and then saw his shot on the hat trick goal re-direct off a defenseman. Hornqvist added an assist for the four-point night.
Look, I have to cheat here. Tuesday was a wild night and the wildest game came in Calgary (highlights here), where the Flames won 9-6 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. That’s right, 15 goals, and Monahan and Gaudreau each had four-point nights to help propel the Flames past their Blue Jackets.
3. Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers
Luongo has dealt with a couple injuries now this year and still comes back with a vengeance each time.
Lu returned from a five-game hiatus due to a knee injury and stopped 33 shots for his 77th career shutout (and first of the season) in a 5-0 win against the Boston Bruins.
Luongo returned after a month off in early November and steered the Panthers to a win against the Winnipeg Jets in Finland. He plays well in these games coming off a layoff, but the Panthers need him to stay healthy from here on out. Tuesday was a good example as to why.
Other notable performances:
- Cam Atkinson extended his point streak to 11 games with a hat trick of his own. On any normal night in the NHL, Atkinson would be among the three stars. Tuesday wasn’t a normal night.
- Ditto for Frans Nielsen, who scored a natural hatty. [Video]
- Auston Matthews scored an incredible goal in overtime to help the Toronto Maple Leafs past the Buffalo Sabres by a 4-3 margin. Matthews scored earlier in the game and added an assist. He’s got 15 goals in 14 games this season and five goals and two assists in three games since returning from injury.
- Jack Eichel scored twice, bringing the Sabres from 2-1 down to a 3-2 lead in the third period.
- Eddie Pasquale, 28, got his first win in his NHL debut. It wasn’t pretty, but he turned aside 19 of 24 shots in through 65 minutes and two of three Red Wings shooters in the shootout. [Highlights]
- Max Domi had two goals and an assist as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Ottawa Senators 5-2.
- Sticking in Tampa, Mathieu Joseph had two goals and an assist in the Lightning win.
- Mike Hoffman had two goals for the Panthers. Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists.
- Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist. [Highlights]
- Adin Hill keeps winning. He’s now 4-0-0 in five games played this season after making 25 saves.
- Nate Schmidt scored twice and added an assist in a 5-3 win over his former team in the Washington Capitals.
Highlights of the night
Hornqvist makes history:
Auston Matthews doing the impossible:
Matheson goes coast-to-coast:
Panthers 5, Bruins 0
Jets 3, Islanders 1
Penguins 6, Avalanche 3
Flames 9, Blue Jackets 6
Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3 (OT)
Canadiens 5, Senators 2
Lightning 6, Red Wings 5 (SO)
Wild 3, Canucks 2
Golden Knights 5, Capitals 3
Coyotes 2, Kings 1