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NHL Players of Note For January 22

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The beauty of NHL hockey, at least in my eyes, is that there’s usually at least one game going on pretty much every night of the week. That means notable players get their chances in the spotlight all the time.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Washington Capitals: Tobias Enstrom (Winnipeg)

Enstrom dished up three separate assists, tic-tac-toe three in a row, on Jets goals to help them build up a 4-2 win over the Capitals. Evander Kane got first star honors, but Enstrom really contributed more to the win.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes: Vincent Lecavalier (Tampa Bay)

Lecavalier knows how it is to come back to the big show after a lockout since he was in the league for the last one. He’s put up two points in two out of three of the Lightning games so far, including tonight’s 4-1 victory over familiar Southeast Division foes.

Florida Panthers vs. Montreal Canadiens: Alex Galchenyuk (Montreal)

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Well, that didn’t take long. The 2012 third overall draft pick, who was part of the gold medal American junior team, scored his first NHL goal in just his second big-time game played. It was the icing on the cake of a 4-1 Habs win.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils: Ilya Kovalchuk (New Jersey)

Kovalchuk helped out on New Jersey’s second goal of the evening, but it was his penalty shot that stands out more. After some deft stick work, he absolutely roofs a shot on another Ilya–Bryzgalov, this time–to sink it and increase the Devils’ lead to the final score of 3-0.

Dallas Stars vs. Detroit Red Wings: Kari Lehtonen (Dallas)

I like a spot of the trolling in my hockey sometimes and Lehtonen provided just that when Damien Brunner scored on him with mere seconds to go in the third period, dashing his attempts at getting a shootout. When Red Wings fans started to heckle him for allowing that goal, he slyly pointed up to the scoreboard with his water bottle, then held on for a 2-1 win.

Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild: Nick Spaling (Nashville)

Spaling bookended the scoring for the Predators, putting up their first goal of the game to get on the board about 10 minutes after the Wild started the scoring. Then, he assisted on the last one to help ensure a 3-1 victory.

St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (Chicago)

Kane was named the first star of the night for this goal: Nick Leddy sent him a nice pass, he blazed ahead of all the Blues on ice, came in with his linemates, got an immediate pass back from Patrick Sharp and scored on a 3-on-0. Kane said that he had some unsuccessful 2-on-0s in Switzerland and was happy to score on one like that.

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Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov (Colorado)

Varlamov stopped 28 out of the 29 shots he saw from the sticks of the defending Stanley Cup champions, helping the Avalanche pull together a 3-1 win and lead the Colorado players on Twitter to thank fans for rocking ‘The Can,’ as apparently the Pepsi Center is now known.

San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers: TIE between Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture (both San Jose)

The Sharks tallied up six goals against the Oilers and potted all six of those in the first period, including four on the power play. Though the scoring was spread across the San Jose lineup, Marleau scored twice in a row, Couture had two goals as well and each man also put up an assist.


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