It’s time to put on a bow for another weekend in the NHL. We saw Jack Hughes single-handedly ignite the Capitals, and the Boston Bruins broke an NHL record by extending their long streak at home.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the league’s best games over the weekend, as well as the main storylines.
Weekend Goal: Jack Hughes visits the bank
Few players in the NHL are as hot as Jack Hughes today (more on that later), and he put on a show against the Capitals on Saturday. On one of his goals, Hughes went down the left wall and hit the side of Charlie Lindgren’s mask into the net, scoring his 10th goal of the season.
I try not to reward luck when it comes to presenting this prestigious award, but I don’t think it was luck. Judging by the replay, it becomes clear that Hughes aimed at the upper left corner near Lindgren’s ear and hit it. When you’re hot, you’re hot.
Weekend Robbery: Connor Hellebike slapped Seguin
The game between the Stars and the Jets was one of the best of the past week (more on that later), and while it was high-scoring, the goaltenders made their fair share of highlights. This brings us to Jets net player Connor Hellebike.
With Winnipeg leading 3-2 in the third period, the Stars landed a powerplay shot from the post. The rebound came on Tyler Seguin in front of the net and he was looking at the 24-square-foot opening. As soon as Séguin scored what he thought would be one of the easiest goals of his career, Hellebike extended his oar and deflected Séguin’s shot.
With the Jets winning in overtime, that save seemed like a big one.
The Bruins defend their lair in historical fashion
The Bruins made NHL history by winning their first 12 home games of the season, and that record win came in a form of entertainment. The Bruins lost 2-0 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, and it looked like their 11-game home winning streak was coming to an end.
It was then that veteran center David Krejci scored a couple of goals and equalized the score 2:2, after which overtime began. In the extra frame, the Hurricanes gave the Bruins a powerplay, which turned out to be a bad idea. Brad Marchand passed to David Pastrnak on the left lap and the Czech sniper landed a well-placed shot past Petr Kochetkov to win the game.
The Bruins have a chance to extend their home winning streak to 13 games on Tuesday night when the Lightnings come to town.
Three-goal comebacks in New York and Florida
In today’s NHL, no lead is safe, and the Rangers and Panthers learned that the hard way on Saturday.
In the game against the Oilers, the Rangers took a 3-0 lead in the third period and failed to score a single point in the standings. Just over 10 minutes into the period, Oilers rookie Dylan Holloway scored his first career goal to tie the game.
With two minutes left in regulation time, Leon Draisaitl scored a powerplay goal to give the Oilers a 4-3 win. The moans at Madison Square Garden could be heard in outer space.
Over 1,200 miles away in Florida, the Panthers led 4-1 over the St. Louis Blues in the third period. Like the Rangers, the Panthers tried unsuccessfully to endure a flurry of scoring chances.
Four minutes before the end of the third period, Vladimir Tarasenko made a good pass from Ivan Barbashev and equalized the score 4:4. Florida managed to score a point, but Jordan Kirow landed a good shot in overtime to win the game for St. Louis.
If you’re wondering how often two teams concede a three-goal lead in the third period on the same day, the answer isn’t much. Saturday was only the sixth time in NHL history, with the last time being on January 31, 2012, according to NHL public relations.
Jets win Central Division game
The match between the two best teams in the Central Division did not disappoint. Down 4-2 at the end of the third period, the Stars pulled out the goaltender before Jason Robertson played a hero with consecutive scores to tie the game.
The second was followed by controversy due to the fact that Jamie Benn knocked off the helmet of the Jets goaltender Connor Hellebike. Usually the game is scored with a whistle and the goal is overturned due to interference from the goalkeeper. However, officials ruled that Benn was pushed into Hellebike by Winnipeg defenseman Josh Morrissey.
However, it didn’t take long for Morrissey to redeem himself. In overtime, Morrissey got the lead and took his opportunity to win the game.
Jack Hughes hits a hat-trick… and earns style points
Hughes was one of the players who needed to take the Devils the next step so that the entire franchise would do the same. With 22 games this season, Hughes has been one of the best players in the NHL. The Capitals were the last team to face Hughes’ wrath.
During Saturday’s game, Hughes scored a hat-trick and scored several style points in the process. After scoring his first goal of the game, Hughes rushed into the attacking zone, beat Charlie Lindgren and shot the puck into Lindgren’s net from under the goal line.
This was not the only time Hughes used Lindgren’s equipment to score a goal. You already saw Hughes’ second goal of the game, which he scored with a Lindgren helmet because that was the weekend goal above. Hughes’ third goal, to score a hat-trick, was a little easier.
The Devils won the game 5-1, with Hughes scoring four goals in the last two games.
View this week’s meeting
Lightning to the Bruins | Tuesday, November 28: As mentioned above, the Bruins started the season with 12 consecutive home wins. They’ll put this series on the line against the Lightning, which could be a playoff preview.
Panthers on fire | Tuesday, November 28: This game has been in circles ever since Matthew Tkahak requested a trade from Calgary. On Tuesday night, Tkachuk returns and Jonathan Huberdeau and Mackenzie Vigar meet with their former team after they were sent to the Flames in a blockbuster deal.
Golden Knights in Penguins | Thursday, December 1: The Golden Knights are heading east for a four-game trip after losing 9-3 to the Kraken and Canucks. In this we will see a rare confrontation between Jack Achel and Sidney Crosby in the center of the ice, which is worth watching.
Panthers on the Kraken | Saturday, December 3: The Kraken is perhaps the biggest surprise of this season. Seattle is at the top of the Western Conference standings thanks to rookie center Matty Benyers, who averages sixth in goals (3.57) in the league. It’s crazy to think that the Panthers are likely to be the underdogs in this matchup.