Panthers, Canucks, Maple Leafs and Red Wings

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In this edition of NHL Talk, a pair of Florida Panthers threw a historic night, the Vancouver Canucks have a step-up player and a fashionable comeback goaltender, a Toronto Maple Leafs superstar leads a valiant victory and a Detroit Red Wings player from his hometown celebrates a special moment in front of his family and friends.

Marchment Tallies Career-High, Franchise Record-Tying, Six-Point Game

panthers ahead Mason Marchment had a career-high six points (two goals, four assists) in an 8-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. He tied Olli Jokinen (March 17, 2007) for the most points in a game in Florida franchise history.

Mason Marchment, Florida Panthers (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

“Honestly, I lost count. It was awesome,” says Walk. “I will never forget him.”

He credits his linemates center Anton Lundell and right wing Sam Reinhart for helping him throw a night he will remember for the rest of his life.

“My teammates are doing a great job of finding me, opening up,” Marchment said. “We really like playing together and we just want that to continue. It was so much fun. I’m having fun.

The 6-foot-4, 209-pound winger also received praise from his head coach for his well-deserved performance.

“He’s relentless on the puck. He’s slippery,” Panthers head coach Andrew Brunette said. “Marchment is a unique player with his size and reach.”

Reinhart scores a hat trick and an assist in Columbus

While Marchment’s six-point night is the main storyline for the Panthers victory on Monday, teammate Reinhart also put on an incredible night, with three goals and an assist. This is the fifth hat trick of his career. The 26-year-old has 43 points (15 goals, 28 assists) in 43 games this season and is a big reason Florida ranks first in the NHL with a 32-9-5 record. .

“I think the better we play, the better everyone plays,” Reinhart said. “I think we feed off each other. We seemed to have found some chemistry with each other. It’s fun to play when everyone plays together.

Chiasson scores game-opening goal in 600th NHL game

Canucks forward Alex Chiasson played his 600th NHL game in a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. He scored the first goal of the game, giving Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 12:21 of the first period.

Alex ChiassonVancouver Canucks
Alex Chiasson, Vancouver Canucks (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

“Pretty Special” said Chiasson. “I think today I had a moment to realize everything I’ve been through. I had a lot of people supporting me through the process. It’s not just about from me. I’m grateful to them. It’s the best game to play. I had the opportunity to win (the Stanley Cup) in Washington. I think it allows you to keep an open mind about things.

The 36-year-old had a solid NHL career with 211 points (106 goals, 105 assists) in his first 600 games. Prior to joining the Canucks this season, he played with the Dallas Stars, Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, Washington Capitals and Edmonton Oilers.

“I had the opportunity to play with some of the best players in the game,” Chiasson said. “This match gave me a lot. I feel really grateful for these opportunities and now to be part of this group.

Halak gets victory in return for COVID-19 protocols

Canucks goaltender Jaroslav Halak hadn’t played a game since Dec. 30 and was placed on COVID-19 protocols on Jan. 15, before returning on Monday. The 36-year-old goalie stopped 20 of 21 shots for a .952 save percentage (SV), allowing only one goal against the Blackhawks.

“It’s always tough, even if you don’t play for a few weeks or a month, it’s tough, especially being out for 10 days, meeting the band and trying to get into the groove immediately,” Halak said. “It’s never easy. The guys played well in front of me, and we didn’t give them much, especially in the third (period). They scored that first goal, but I still think we played good defensive hockey in the third. Really a great effort.

Matthews leads a valiant comeback with a hat trick and an assist

The Maple Leafs got off to a rocky start in a 6-4 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday, but forward Auston Matthews helped lead a comeback to claim the win. Toronto trailed by a two-goal deficit three times (2-0, 3-1, 4-2), but Matthews kept his team with two first-period goals, a third-period assist and ended the evening. with a power play goal with 22 seconds left. He had four points (three goals, one assist) in the game. This is the fifth hat trick of his career.

Toronto Maple Leafs Auston Matthews
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

“Our start was not very good. It looked like we weren’t ready to play on the face-off and it showed. says Matthews. “They have a lot of very young, capable guys who can charge you. Thanks to our guys for sticking with him, being patient, and keeping fighting.

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Matthews also credited teammates Ilya Mikheyev and Alex Kerfoot, who combined on a shorthanded goal at 16:56 of the third period, which ended up being the game-winning goal, for helping secure the Maple Leafs’ comeback.

“It was a huge game from the penalty spot with [Kerfoot] and [Mikheyev] to get us that goal there,” Matthews said.

Oesterle Pots first goal, winner of extra time for the home side

Defender Jordan Oesterle, a native of suburban Detroit, is in his first season with the Red Wings in his hometown. After a 61-game drought dating back to Jan. 22, 2021, with the Arizona Coyotes, he led his team to victory with the game-winning goal in a 2-1 overtime victory at home against the Anaheim Ducks. He had family and friends present to witness this special moment.

Arizona Coyotes Jordan Oesterle
Former Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jordan Oesterle (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

“It was a surreal moment” says Oesterle. “I didn’t know when I was going to score my first goal here or how it would go, but it was special that it was an overtime winner for the team I grew up in, in front of my family and friends. ”

His big goal came straight after a face-off winner from Dylan Larkin. The puck returned to Oesterle, he found the opportunity to take advantage of the poorly positioned Ducks, then scored his first goal in a Red Wings uniform.

“We were trying to put on a play for [Lucas Raymond], but they moved the front to this side of the ice,” Oesterle said. “When the puck came towards me, I backed up a bit to see what [Raymond] I was going to, but saw I could use (Ducks defenseman Cam) Fowler as a screen, so I shot.

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