The NHL is great because anything can happen at any time like an angry Dustin Byfuglien throwing a teammates belongings into a shower to send a message or Gronk spiking a puck before a Bruins game because he's that awesome. But enough about what happened off the ice, it's time to examine what happened on the ice with this week's All-NHL Team.
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks:
Perry began the week by terrorizing the Carolina Hurricanes with two goals and an assist. Perry scored the first goal of the game, then scored the tying goal in the third period to send the game to overtime, and finally assisted on Ryan Getzlaf's game-winning OT goal to give Anaheim a 5-4 win. Perry added his second goal of the week in a 5-2 win over Nashville and scored his third in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Capitals. The Ducks would lose to Tampa Bay 5-3 but Perry would register an assist to give him six points (4-g2a-6p) in four games on the week.
Bryan Little, Winnipeg Jets:
A lot of things did not go the Jets way this past week, however, one bright spot was the play of Bryan Little. Little contributed a goal and an assist in a 5-2 loss to the Flames and then added another two points on a goal and an assist the next night in a 3-2 loss to Vancouver. Little was held off the scoresheet as the Blackhawks dropped the Jets in overtime 2-1 but bounced back for another goal and an assist game in a 5-3 win over the Avalanche. Little finished the week with six points (3g-3a-6p) in four games.
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens:
The Canadiens had a rough start to their week dropping games to Arizona and the tanking Buffalo Sabres by a score of 3-2 in each. Pacioretty racked up three assists in those two games, however, and then went on to score a goal and add an assist as his team routed New Jersey 6-2 at home. Overall Pacioretty finished the week with five points (1g-4a-5p) in three games.
Keith Yandle, Arizona Coyotes:
Trade rumors are not affecting Keith Yandle who had an impressive week for the Coyotes. Yandle recorded four points in three games for Arizona with all four points coming on assists. Yandle was credited with two assists in a 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets and then picked up a lone assist in a 2-1 overtime loss to Carolina. Arizona capped off the week with a 3-1 loss to Detroit where Yandle registered his fourth assist of the week in three games.
Nikita Zadorov, Buffalo Sabres:
The Buffalo Sabres have rarely impressed so far in the 2014-2015 season. That sentiment can be explained largely by their concerted effort to lose on a nightly basis in hopes of attaining the right to draft Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel with the No.1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. All the groaning about tanking aside, Buffalo has added some quality draft picks over the past few season and Zadorov is one of them. The 19 year old defensemen has recorded a point in five straight games including the three games he played this week. Zadorov contributed an assist in a 3-2 win over Montreal and then added another assist in a 3-2 win over Dallas. Zadorov finished the week by picking up an assist in a 3-2 loss to the Islanders to give him three points in three games this week.
Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild:
Just a few short weeks ago the Minnesota Wild were in all-out crisis mode. A team in desperate need for solid goaltending as a once promising season looked to be spiraling into disaster. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher had little room to maneuver in trying to salvage the season but took a shot in the dark sending a third-round pick to Arizona in exchange for Dubnyk. Since being acquired Dubnyk has gone 7-1 as the starting goalie for Minnesota and recorded four shutouts. This week Dubnyk makes the All-NHL Team because he was unbeatable. The Wild played two games this week and Dubnyk shutout both opponents. First he made 24 saves in a 3-0 win over Chicago and then 18 saves in a 1-0 victory against Colorado.
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