The Buzzer: Six-point night makes Zibanejad top star of NHL on Wednesday

The Buzzer: Six-point night makes Zibanejad the star of NHL on Wednesday
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NHL Three Stars from Wednesday

1. Mika Zibanejad, New York Rangers

Who else could be the top star of Wednesday in the NHL?

All it took was one of the most explosive single-period outputs in league history. By scoring three goals and three assists, Mika Zibanejad joined Bryan Trottier as the only players in NHL history to reach six points during a single period. To drill down deeper, Zibanejad scored those six points in about a 17-minute span.

Oh yeah, and Zibanejad didn’t just generate a natural hat trick during that span. He became the first Rangers player to record a natural hat trick with an even-strength, power-play, and shorthanded goal.

Remarkable stuff. If you want more stats about Zibanejad scoring six points, the Rangers winning 9-0, and the Flyers’ reactions, click here.

2. Pavel Buchnevich and the rest of the Rangers

Naturally, with the Rangers winning 9-0, it wasn’t just about Zibanejad and his six points. That’s just math.

Ultimately, deciding the other top Rangers contributor comes down to your personal taste.

Pavel Buchnevich was almost as big a part of that second period outburst. Overall, Buchnevich scored two goals and two assists for the first four-point game of his underrated career.

It’s easy to lose track of the goaltending performance in such a blowout, but Alexandar Georgiev generated a shutout in this one. Georgiev pitched a 26-save shutout, including highlight reel material against Nolan Patrick.

3. Tyson Barrie, Edmonton Oilers

Tyson Barrie experienced the opposite of “not even supposed to be here today.”

Instead of missing Wednesday’s Oilers – Flames game as feared, Tyson Barrie played. Barrie generated four assists in the process, helping Edmonton blow out Calgary for Darryl Sutter’s first loss during his second tour with the Flames.

Barrie deserves this nudge among the three stars of the NHL for Wednesday, as his more famous teammates will still dominate the headlines.

Both Connor McDavid (1G, 2A) and Leon Draisaitl (3A) collected three points in this dominant win. Simply put, you’re not going to shut down one or both of McDavid and Draisaitl for too long. Especially when Barrie and others can get them the puck.

Highlights from Wednesday in the NHL

Let’s be honest, if you missed the sheer power of the Rangers dropping a 9-0 loss on the Flyers, you probably need to witness the audacity of it all.

Nikolaj Ehlers, Pierre-Luc Dubois, and Kyle Connor powered the Jets’ overtime win against the Canadiens. Ehlers scored the OT game-winner:

Unfortunate moment for Daccord, Senators

Not long ago, Joey Daccord was a wonderful story for the Ottawa Senators. On Wednesday, he needed help getting off of the ice after hurting himself making a save. Bummer.

Wednesday’s NHL scores

Rangers 9, Flyers 0
Oilers 7, Flames 3
Canucks 3, Senators 2 (SO)
Jets 4, Canadiens 3 (OT)
Golden Knights 5, Sharks 4
Kings 4, Blues 1

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

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    Bruins set NHL record with 12 straight home wins to start season

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    BOSTON — The Boston Bruins set the NHL record for most home victories to start a season with their 12th straight, topping the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime with a power-play goal from David Pastrnak.

    The Bruins broke the mark of 11 that was set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks and equaled by the Florida Panthers last season.

    “That felt awesome,” Bruins first-year coach Jim Montgomery said. “We talked about it after the second (period) going into the third. There’s been a lot of great teams in this league and you’re able to set a precedent, break a record. It’s pretty special and it doesn’t happen if those guys don’t believe in themselves like they do.”

    Boston, which trailed 2-0 late in the second period, tied it with 9:33 left in regulation when David Krejci scored his second of the game on a shot from the right point.

    “It’s never fun being down going into the third, you’re sitting in here (in the locker room) trying to figure it out,” Krejci said. “You want to come out and do the job, something special on the line. It’s hard to win in this league. To get 12 in a row at home is pretty special.”

    In overtime, Carolina was playing shorthanded after being called for too many men on the ice when Pastrnak one-timed a pass from Brad Marchand inside the far post from above the left circle.

    “It was a big win for us, obviously, coming from behind,” Pastrnak said.

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Stefan Noesen each scored a power-play goal for Carolina, and Pyotr Kochetkov made 38 saves. The Hurricanes lost their fifth straight.

    In a rematch of last spring’s opening-round playoff series that the Hurricanes won in seven games, Carolina shutout the NHL’s highest scoring team for nearly two periods and jumped ahead a pair of power-play goals in the opening period.

    “We took too many penalties. That’s hurting us right now,” Kotaniemi said. “I think 5-on-5 we’re doing a really good job. We started good tonight and couldn’t keep that up.”

    Boston’s tying goal was originally disallowed because of goaltender interference on Nick Foligno but overturned on a coach’s challenge after it was ruled that he was nudged into the crease by Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce.

    Boston starting goaltender Linus Ullmark made 28 saves but had to leave with 13:03 left in the third period with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Teammate Connor Clifton had jumped on him to block a shot during a scramble. Jeremy Swayman made six stops in relief.

    Carolina’s Noesen scored at 6:34 in to make it 1-0. And with five minutes left in the period, Kotkaniemi collected the puck near the side of the net after Seth Jarvis‘ shot bounced off the back glass and slipped it inside the post at 15:05.

    Krejci scored for Boston with 31 seconds left in the second.

    Boston came in with a league-high 82 goals in 20 games (4.10 per game), but it was held to relatively few chances despite getting a 5-on-3 power-play advantage early on.

    TAKE NOTE

    The Bruins honored captain Patrice Bergeron, who recorded his 1,000th career point when the team was on the road against Tampa Bay, with a message on the Jumbotron. The crowd gave him a standing ovation.

    Bergeron became just the fourth Bruin to reach the mark, joining Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bucyk (1,339) and Phil Esposito (1,012).

    UP NEXT

    Hurricanes: Host the Calgary Flames.

    Bruins: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Predators postpone 2 games due to Nashville water main break

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  The Nashville Predators postponed two home games because of a water main break that soaked their downtown arena.

    Hours after the Predators decided they couldn’t play against the Colorado Avalanche, the team announced it also postponed the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Makeup dates for the two games will be announced later.

    The NHL said the water main break that occurred “significantly impacted the event level” of Bridgestone Arena. Team locker rooms and the ice surface are on the event level.

    Predators President and CEO Sean Henry told reporters that the water in the event level ranged from 3 inches to 3 feet.

    “We’re assessing it right now. We’re remediating it,” Henry said. “The good thing is, the water got shut off, the city responded in a pretty fast manner. I don’t think anyone is ready for things like this the Friday after Thanksgiving.”

    Video posted by a WTVF-TV reporter shows the water puddled up on the main floor’s concourse area and the team store. The team was forced to close the store until further notice, pointing shoppers online for Black Friday specials.

    The Predators’ next home game is now scheduled for Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks.

    The water issue also resulted in a switch to a different venue for a college hockey game between Northeastern and Western Michigan. They also had been scheduled to play at Bridgestone Arena, a game that was moved to Ford Ice Center Bellevue.

    Rangers trade Ryan Reaves to Wild for 5th-round pick in 2025

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. — The New York Rangers traded enforcer Ryan Reaves to the Minnesota Wild for a 2025 fifth-round pick.

    Reaves had been a healthy scratch for eight of the past 12 games for the Rangers. He gives struggling Minnesota some extra muscle and a veteran presence.

    The 35-year-old is signed through only the rest of this season at a $1.75 million salary cap hit. He has no points and 12 penalty minutes in 12 games of his second season with New York.

    Reaves has played in 869 NHL regular-season and playoff games for the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights and Rangers. He was with the Golden Knights during their inaugural season in 2017-18 when the reached the Stanley Cup Final.

    Toronto’s Morgan Rielly placed on long-term injured reserve

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    TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman Morgan Rielly on long-term injured reserve with a knee injury.

    Rielly was hurt in a collision with with New York forward Kyle Palmieri early in the third period of Toronto’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders at home.

    Rielly has no goals and 16 assists in 20 games this season and is averaging 23 minutes of ice time.

    Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said following practice that the 28-year-old Rielly doesn’t need surgery, adding there’s no firm timeline for his return beyond the minimum 24 days and 10 games required for going on long-term injured reserve.

    Toronto’s defense is also missing Jake Muzzin with a neck injury and T.J. Brodie with an injured oblique.