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.
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.
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.
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Wednesday’s NHL scores