1) Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets
Scheifele recorded a regulation goal and a critical shootout tally to help the Jets win their second straight game. The underrated center is second in the NHL with 25 points since December 3rd, according to Sportsnet. Midway through the second period, Scheifele wired a wrister from the right face-off circle to give the Jets a 3-2 lead. In the shootout, he scored a timely goal in the bottom half of the third round to force extra innings.
2) Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthews became the first American-born skater and first Maple Leafs player to score 30 or more goals in each of his first four NHL seasons in Toronto’s 4-3 shootout loss against the Winnipeg Jets. His second goal of the game came with 14 seconds remaining to force overtime. The 22-year-old also evened the score at 1-1 early in the first period when his wrist shot sailed past Connor Hellebuyck.
3) Kevin Hayes, Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers center converted a nifty shorthanded breakaway in the final minutes of the second period to help Philadelphia capture a 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals. Scott Laughton forced John Carlson to turn the puck over and Hayes dashed up ice to take advantage of the opportunity. Hayes deftly moved the puck from his forehand to his backhand to beat Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.
Highlights of the Night
The overtime session between the Maple Leafs and Jets was exhilarating. John Tortorella was right when he said we should eliminate the shootout and play more three-on-three hockey. Frederik Andersen made a number of impressive saves during the extra period, including this beauty.
FREDDIE FREDDIE FREDDIE#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/J56Y2M1fEx
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 9, 2020
In addition to the overtime, the shootout didn’t disappoint with some incredibly quick releases.
Straight 💰 in the 🏦.
The @NHLJets get the extra point in a thrilling finish. pic.twitter.com/SH9688pbbe
— NHL (@NHL) January 9, 2020
Blooper of the Night
Drew Doughty tests out a new position
Drew Doughty can play a little goalie too. 💪 pic.twitter.com/PDArUZB7om
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 9, 2020
Stats of the Night
Most goals since Dec. 1, 2019:
Auston Matthews – 14@markscheifele55 – 12
More #NHLStats: https://t.co/qrEMLbiK5d pic.twitter.com/KV7BU5LwNK
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 9, 2020
#GoJetsGo score short-handed goals in back-to-back road games for the first time since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg.
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) January 9, 2020
Winnipeg Jets 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (SO)
Philadelphia Flyers 3, Washington Capitals 2
Dallas Stars 2, Los Angeles Kings 1
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