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NHL 3 Stars: Blasty returns to Calgary for Battle of Alberta

The Battle of Alberta opened on Saturday and left Hockey Night in Canada viewers breathless as Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl were on the ice for almost six-minute shifts to end the game. 

The return of Blasty was a beautiful sight to see (for Flames fans) and Calgary edged Edmonton 6-4. 

The Flames had six goal scores and 10 players record at least a point in the contest. The Oilers also had 10 players with points and had four goal scorers.


First star

Auston Matthews, C, Toronto Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews scored twice and extended his goal streak to seven games in Toronto’s 5-1 win against Vancouver. 

Wayne Simmonds scored twice, Mitchell Marner had three assists and Zach Hyman had a goal and an assist but the streak Matthews is on gives him the edge.


Second star

Jakob Chychrun, D, Arizona Coyotes  

Jakob Chychrun scored two goals in Arizona’s 3-1 victory over St. Louis on Saturday. He scored the game’s first goal at 2:50 of the first period on the Coyotes’ first shot. 

He closed out the night with an empty net goal with 26 seconds remaining.


Third star

Barry Trotz, Head Coach, New York Islanders

In their first game since Jan. 31, the New York Islanders gave head coach Barry Trotz a historical win. It was his 849th career victory which tied him with Ken Hitchcock for third in NHL history. 

The Islanders were 0-3-2 in their previous five games.


Dishonourable mention

Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks 5-1 loss on Saturday extended their losing streaking to four games with a combined score of 23-9. 


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