The Buzzer: Hyman opens, closes; Georgiev, Halak duke it out

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Three stars

1. Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs

John Tavares had two points. Auston Matthews scored a goal after making bank yesterday.

But it was Hyman who stood out on Wednesday in a wild 5-4 win for the Maple Leafs against the Ottawa Senators.

Hyman initiated the goal scoring in the first period and then made a sweet pass across the ice — and out of the reach of Ryan Dzingel — to Morgan Rielly on the game-winner in the third.

2. Alexandar Georgiev, New York Rangers

Looking past the .900 save percentage here in Wednesday’s game…

Georgiev was handed a tough task on Wednesday. Even with the Boston Bruins coming into the Big Apple after a 3-1 win against the Islanders the night before, Boston would prove to be a valiant opponent.

Georgiev stood tall, however, and managed to shake off a three-goal outburst by the Bruins in the second to settle down in the third, overtime and then made six saves in the shootout to clinch two points for the Rangers.

3. Jaroslav Halak, Boston Bruins

Halak was cruising until the third period when the Rangers bit back and tied the game. Still, he finished the game with 36 saves through 65 minutes, including some ridiculous snags across six overtime shots to give a tired Bruins team a chance to win in the shootout.

Halak has proved to be a competent backup all season and continued to show that on Wednesday.

Highlights of the night

The legend:

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Factoids

Scores

Maple Leafs 5, Senators 4
Rangers 4, Bruins 3 (SO)


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck