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.
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.
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.
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.
Dressed to IMPRESS for postgame availability.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 29, 2021
Hear from the man of the hour post-first NHL goal: pic.twitter.com/022dNjpY9V