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NHL best and worst: Matthew Tkachuk getting comfortable in Florida

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Matthew Tkachuk leads this week's edition of the NHL's best and worst games, culminating in a superstar performance against his former team.  (Getty images)
This week, Matthew Tkachuk leads a round of the NHL’s best and worst players, culminating in a superstar performance against his former team. (Getty images)

Welcome to another week of the NHL’s best and worst. There’s been a lot of action and excitement in the league this week, with stars showing up and showing off, goaltenders flashing their skins, and kids grabbing hands. Here’s everything you need to catch up on some of the best action from the last week of the NHL.

Goal of the week

After a big break last season, Tage Thompson is back in action with the Buffalo Sabers for the 2022-2023 season. In addition to his brilliant throw, Thompson figured out how to use every square inch of his massive 6ft 6in, 220lb body, and it’s been fully demonstrated here. Take a look at this Mario Lemeyou-style shot of a big guy mincing up the Boston Bruins’ elite team – killing just as many on penalties.

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Salvation of the week

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There’s no such thing as being out of position when you’re Jacob Markstrom. The current Vezina finalist may start his season slowly, but discount the Swedish goalkeeper at his own risk. In this game against the Winnipeg Jets, Markstrom does the unthinkable, sprawling around and making a stunning windmill save to give Calgary an early lead.

Star of the week: Matvey Tkachuk

The most anticipated match of the weekend, Tkachuk faced his former team, scoring five points in two games already within a week. Throw in a couple of points on Saturday against the Calgary Flames, including that point to force an OT, and you have one hell of a week worthy of MVP awards. Unfortunately for the league’s preeminent rat, his old team ended up getting the better of the Panthers. gave the Flames around one of the Tkachuk Chalice.

hands of the week

Back in September, Sheldon Keefe and the Maple Leafs floated the idea of ​​putting Mitch Marner on defense in the later stages of the game, which attracted the curiosity of the hockey world. Now, about two months later, it’s safe to say that the Maple Leafs winger has entered a period of adjustment. In his latest blue line escapades, we saw Niko Hisher take Thornhill, Ontario, a native for a walk like a puppy on a leash, which was almost the goal of the season. Always cheerful perhaps better said.

most useful moment

As the old saying goes, if a picture says a thousand words, a video is worth about a million. Watch this touching conversation between two former Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Mark Kirton and Börje Salming who are currently battling ALS. Truly there are no words.

Worst of the week

Oh no. Connor Hellebike, you tried to do the right thing, but what the hell happened? This play by the Jets goalie definitely didn’t go the way he had imagined, as the bumbling goaltender promptly passed the puck to a frenzied Sidney Crosby, who allowed Brian Rust to put it into the gaping cage. It might be better if Hellebike allows his defender to come back and take the puck next time for his own sake.

Hit of the week

Louis Blues forward Noel Accari hit John Klingberg with an absolute smashing blow here. No comment, Acciari, it was a clean, excellent shot that made Klingberg wonder what wall he had just hit. Accari’s extra points are also given by the fact that his 5’10 height is a full five inches shorter than Klingberg’s. Sometimes you just line them up right.


Everyone knows Kevin Weeks and his but in addition to being able to tell you what NHL transactions are going to happen, it looks like Wicks has also learned the art of predicting the future. Here’s a top NHL Network insider named his hit during the Montreal Canadiens’ game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday after Nick Suzuki scored his 11th goal of the season.

Elite Manual Eye

The Boston Bruins are now an absolute van, posting a pristine 16-2-0 record with six straight wins and just one loss in their last 10 games. burning every team that dares to go out on the ice with them. To say that things are going well in Beantown would be an understatement. As far as what’s behind this wildly hot stretch, the Bruins’ chemistry is off the charts, which is best demonstrated by this outstanding passing game that starts with exceptional hand-eye coordination on the club’s perfection line.

old school optimus

While the San Jose Sharks continue to slowly slide down the standings, one part of their season that went better than expected has landed between the pipes. Despite the team in front of him, James Reimer looked very cool, having a solid .906 shooting percentage per year, despite being near the NHL basement. This cold-blooded save is one of his best of the season as he goes all out to keep San Jose within striking distance at the end of their game against the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Quote of the week

Offenses, please don’t ever change. John Tortorella remains the league’s absolute class when it comes to being quoted, and this interview during the Philadelphia Flyers’ game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was no exception. When asked what his team needed to do, former winner Jack Adams was pretty blunt about what he thought his Flyers needed to change. As a bonus, notice the end of the clip and the vicious detachment of his headset that nearly knocked his glasses off.

Clutch Cofield

Time is ticking, and the Canadiens need a goal, and who else but Cole Cofield can save the day and force the Bell Center into overtime. This clutch count blew the lid off the building in just 1.9 seconds and ultimately helped the Bleu Blanc Rouge snatch victory from the jaws of defeat after a deft strike. gave them a 5-4 victory.

Markstrom caught

Jacob Markstrom gives, Jacob Markstrom takes. Or rather, Jacob Markstrom gives that puck to the Florida Panthers, who immediately bury it to cut the Flames’ lead in half. Not what you’re looking for when you’re under .900 for a month into a season trying to get on track.

Can’t stop McDavid

The best and worst of the week could probably include a McDavid goal every week if we’re being honest. However, in fairness to the rest of the NHL, we’ll try to save it until the real McMagic is in the air. This Saturday night, the overtime winner turned top ruthless Vegas Golden Knights definitely falls into that category as McDavid swings and weaves during 3v3 overtime to make short work of the best team in the Pacific Division with beauty.


While Ryan Reynolds continues to spin among potential suitors looking for , the Hollywood star has circled the Canadian Tire Center, apparently hoping to get a feel for his potential new team’s barn. FROM Dead Pool the actor was rummaging through the building, it looks like Senators general manager Pierre Dorion was a bit taken aback when he met the Vancouver, BC native.


Phil Kessel continued to write his name in the hockey history books this week by playing in his 1,000th consecutive NHL game, becoming the first player to do so. Also, as a pleasant surprise, his Golden Knights took it up. to mark a special occasion.

pass happy

Alex Curfoot’s tenure in Toronto has been divisive at times as the 28-year-old moved up and down the roster in search of a happy home with some chemistry. Despite being one of the Maple Leafs’ top 6 players at the moment, the former Harvard product could probably use more Ivy League brains in this game, as he missed a great opportunity to feed the decidedly less dangerous John Tavares. On the other hand, he at least knows his role as the third wheel of his line.

Hi, Mom!

When the St. Louis Blues were on their mom’s road trip, Bonnie O’Reilly saw an opportunity and took it while her son was interviewed after last Wednesday’s game following the Blues’ victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. She came down to the bench during Ryan’s chat with Darren Pang, her enthusiasm is infectious in that it easily ranks among the top five post-match interviews we’ve ever seen.

On trend: New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils, who have won a staggering 12 games in a row, are on some and look like a different animal. Led by a dynamic Triple-H team of Jack Hughes, Nico Hisher and Dougie Hamilton, the Hot Devils went from playoff bubble team to Stanley Cup contender in about a month, and for good reason. An incredible 63% expected goal count is top of the entire NHL by a wide margin, and the club shows no signs of slowing down. Not to mention the fans in New Jersey seem to in the process.

Down trend: Buffalo Sabers

After a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, the Sabres’ losing streak has now stretched to a brutal eight games, during which they have conceded four or more goals in all but one of their losses. In conjunction with which just dropped in Western New York, things couldn’t get any worse for Sabers fans right now. The club’s strong start to the season was wiped out in the blink of an eye as they now look to another lottery prayer season…


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