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The All-Star Game was actually pretty fun, it was a nifty mini 3-on-3 tourney that featured some real excitement. John Scott was named MVP, which completes the joke the hockey world played on the goon. Seriously though, is there a more lovable enforcer in the NHL? Well, Scott technically isn’t in the NHL. … so no.
Actually, there is no worse “back to reality” than for John Scott who — after being hoisted by superstars and named MVP — will pack his bags and report back to the beautiful fisheries of the Habs AHL affiliate in St. Johns, Newfoundland. The time for laughs is over and the stretch run of the season is set to begin Tuesday night. With many NHL teams on the outside looking in, the time is now to get the most out of your squad.
McDavid Come’th: It’s time to get back in the win column for Edmonton. Getting a generational talent back on the ice after missing 37 games with a broken clavicle is a nice boost.
Before suffering his injury, #1 overall pick Connor McDavid a.k.a McSavior, McJesus, McThankGod, was living up to expectations with 12 points in 13 games. There was no doubt that Connor would come back and light the lamp like it’s his job (it is his job). With three points in his return from injury (including a beauty goal) Christmas has come again for hockey fans with the return of this young talent.
Stars of the Month:
1st star – Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals
Not only is Kuznetsov leading the 1st place Capitals in points, but he replaced the almighty Alex Ovechkin (injury) in Nashville this past weekend. Potting 16 points in 10 games including a 4-assist game, Kuznetsov has been a beast and a revelation for Caps fans.
2nd star – Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks.
You really thought I was going to get through this article without mentioning the Blackhawks? Well, guess again! Check it. … In January, Crawford went 9-2-0 with 1.64 GAA, a .952 save percentage, and two shutouts. Not to mention, this dude has two Stanley Cup rings already and will likely be on the brink of his third. Give credit where credit is due. This dude is no longer coasting with the best playoff team in hockey; he is anchoring it.
3rd star – Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
Leading all D-men in points, Letang picked up 14 points in 10 January games. He has helped Pittsburgh regain their form as of late and has been a force offensively for the past three months (31 points in 28 games). If he can keep this pace up (which he can) than Pittsburgh might be the deadly team we thought they were entering the season.