So much for a quiet trade deadline. Many moves were made over the past few days with playoff teams making final additions to their rosters and teams out of contention getting value pieces that don't fit in their future plans. All in all an exciting day and it will interesting to see how those move impact the playoff picture moving forward. Now onto this week's All-NHL team.
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins: (2G-4A-6P in 2GP)
You'd think it would really make to hard this list when you only played two games in the week but that's what makes Malkin special. Malkin started out the week by dishing out three assists to help the Pens takedown their Metropolitan Division rival Washington Capitals 4-3 in a game that featured some real old-school hockey moments. Then Malkin scored a pair of goals along with adding an assist as Pittsburgh defeated the Blue Jackets 5-3. Not many NHL players can say they piled up six points in just two games.
Mike Hoffman, Ottawa Senators: (3G-2A-5P in 3GP)
It's safe to say Mike Hoffman has arrived in the NHL. Last year Hoffman played 25 games for the Senators while managing six points on three goals and three assists. This year Hoffman has 23 goals and 39 points in 57 games for the Senators. What a difference a year can make. Hoffman helped Ottawa to a perfect 3-0 record this week starting with a 3-0 victory over Anaheim in which he contributed an assist. Then Hoffman scored the game-winning goal and only goal of the game in the third period as the Sens beat the Kings 1-0. Hoffman wasn't quite finished with his heroics as the Senators defeated San Jose 4-2 scoring the game-winning goal in the third period and adding a second empty-net goal to ice the game in the final minutes. Hoffman also picked up an assist in the game against the Sharks giving him two game-winning goals and five points in three games this week.
Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens: (2G-3A-5P in 3GP)
The Canadiens matched up against St. Louis in their first game of the week and Gallagher made his presence felt scoring twice including the game-winner in a 5-2 win. The Habs went on to defeat Columbus by a score of 5-2 in their next game and Gallagher added an assist in the win. Finally, Montreal took down the Maple Leafs 4-0 in an original six matchup with Gallagher recording two assists on the night. In total five points and three wins in three games for Gallagher and the Canadiens.
P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens: (1G-5A-6P in 3GP)
It's no surprise to see another skilled Canadiens player make the cut this week after Montreal racked up 14 goals over the span of three games this week, all of them victories. Subban register two assists in the Habs 5-2 victory over the Blues. Then he added a goal and two assists to lead his team past the Blue Jackets 5-2 and in the last game of the week Subban picked up an assist as his team downed the Leafs 4-0.
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes: (2G-2A-4P in 3GP)
Carolina currently sits near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings but it's the development of players like Justin Faulk that indicate a very bright future for the Hurricanes. Faulk began the week by contributing a goal and an assist as the Canes beat the Flyers 4-1. Then Carolina shutout Washington 3-0 with Faulk recording an assist in the win and to finish off the week Faulk scored a goal with his team beating the Islanders 5-3. With the goal against the Islanders Faulk reached the 40 point mark for the first, of hopefully many times, in his career.
Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators: (3-0 with 2GA in 3GP)
The inclusion of Hammond makes this week's team a clean sweep for the Eastern Conference and Hammond was a very deserving addition. Hammond made 25 saves to blank the Ducks 3-0 in his first game this week. Then he went to record his second consecutive shutout with 35 saves in the game as Ottawa defeated the Kings 1-0. In his third and final game of the week Hammond showed signs of being human, giving up two goals, but still made 28 saves to earn a 4-2 win over the Sharks. The Senators current five game winning-streak has pushed them just seven points out of the second wild card spot in the East and Ottawa has played two less games then Bruins who hold that wild card spot as of now.
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