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NHL 3 Stars: Nazem Kadri, Colorado Avalanche shutout San Jose

The are only four teams with a regulation loss remaining. Montréal, Washington, Dallas and Florida each extended their season-opening point streak with wins on Thursday. 

Those games weren’t necessarily the exciting highlight reel.

Alexandre Texier gave Columbus a shootout win over Florida with some magic trick. Describing it won’t do it any justice but it was a right-handed slide right through the five-hole. 

Petr Mrázek of Carolina shutout Tampa Bay in the Hurricanes’ first game since Jan. 18.

Linus Ullmark made a ridiculous save during Buffalo’s game against the New York Rangers. 

First star

Nazem Kadri, C, Colorado Avalanche

Colorado centreman Nazem Kadri factored into all three goals against San Jose. He had two goals and an assist. 

Kadri scored the game’s first goal at 9:55 of the period. He extended the lead to 3-0 at 18:54 when he redirected Cale Makar’s shot from the point.

Second star

Christian Dvorak, C/LW, Arizona Coyotes

Christian Dvorak’s second goal of the game came on the power play with 4:26 remaining to seal a 3-2 win against Anaheim.

His first goal of the night tied the game at 1-1 at 7:43 of the second period. It was the first goal for the Coyotes in 148:42.

Third star

Alexis Lafrenière, LW, New York Rangers

He finally did it. Alexis Lafrenière scored his first NHL goal at 2:47 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over Buffalo.

The 2020 NHL Draft No. 1 overall pick went six games without a point before tonight. He is the first No. 1 pick to score his first career goal in overtime.

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