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NHL 3 Stars: Zamboni mishap

In an action-packed night with seven NHL games on the slate, we saw a rookie score an overtime winner, an offensive supernova from the Tampa Bay Lightning, and a pair of dagger-to-the-heart goals by Elias Lindholm and Zach Whitecloud to propel their respective teams to victory.

We also got to see Chicago Blackhawks rookie Pius Suter dismantle a stationary John Klingberg on the way to beating Jake Oettinger blocker side.

First star  

Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay Lightning 

Reigning Stanley Cup Champion Steven Stamkos went off against the Nashville Predators, scoring two goals and one assist.

Tallying both his sixth and seventh goals of the season in-and-around the lefthand circle, Stamkos also furnished a wonderful cross-ice pass to Ondrej Palat.

Second star    

Dustin Brown, W, L.A. Kings   

Involved in all three goals scored by the L.A. Kings, Dustin Brown was everything for his team in a 4-3 shootout loss. Watch as he walked into his shot after Alex Iafallo drove wide and centred the puck.

Third star    

Nikolaj Ehlers, W, Winnipeg Jets   

Building on his resurgent season, Nikolaj Ehlers was flying tonight, scoring two goals in a loss to the Calgary Flames. He absolutely sniped this shot top-glove side on the power play early in the second and used his trademark speed to add another tally on the rush.

Honourable Mention

Jujhar Khaira, C, Edmonton Oilers  

Jujhar Khaira recorded two assists in a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators, continuing on a string of strong performances.   

His production carried the Edmonton Oilers to a win without needing a point from Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl. EPRinkside’s own, Dimitri Filipovic, pointed out this feat hasn’t occurred since 2017!   

Dishonourable Mention    

Zamboni, Ice Resurfacer, Ottawa Senators 

If you made a list of nightmare scenarios for an NHL ice crew, a Zamboni leaking hydraulic fluid and subsequently melting a hole in the ice would probably be at the top.

This was the reality that the Canadian Tire Centre ice crew had to contend with during the first intermission of the Ottawa Senators vs Edmonton Oilers game today. A fire extinguisher even made a cameo appearance!

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