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NHL 3 Stars: Clayton Keller's last-second goal pushes Arizona Coyotes to victory

EP Rinkside’s three stars for Monday night has a bit of a twist. Instead of the top players, it is all about the top plays. 

But before we get to the highlights, there has to be a congratulations for Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders. The head coach got his 850th win and is in third place all time behind Joel Quenneville (931) and Scotty Bowman (1,244).

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves and became the first Islanders goalie with two shutouts against the New York Rangers in the same season.

First star

Jack Roslovic, C/RW, Columbus Blue Jackets

Jack Roslovic scored the go-ahead and it eventually stood as the game-winner. In a tie game against Carolina, the Columbus-native split the Hurricanes defence and did things with a hockey puck that can’t even be described

Second star

Curtis McElhinney, G, Tampa Bay Lightning  

With about 16 seconds remaining in the game, Tampa Bay goaltender Curtis McElhinney came up huge.. He was facing the wrong direction and still managed to prevent the puck from crossing the goal line. He also won his first game since Feb. 2020.  

Third star

Clayton Keller, C/RW, Arizona Coyotes

Missouri-native Clayton Keller scored the game-tying goal with less than a second to go in regulation. The assist from Christian Dvorak deserves credit as well as the color commentary from Tyson Nash.

Dishonourable mention

Patrik Laine, RW/LW, Columbus Blue Jackets

It didn’t take long for John Tortorella to hold his newest superstar accountable. Patrik Laine was benched for the entire third period. His last shift of the night was around the 6:19 mark of the second.

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NHL Arizona Coyotes Columbus Blue Jackets Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Scotty Bowman Clayton Keller Patrik Laine Curtis McElhinney Joel Quenneville Jack Roslovic Barry Trotz Semyon Varlamov
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