Columbus Day Weekend was full of fast-paced, action packed, and exciting hockey in the NHL.

A few highlights of the weekend are:

Pittsburgh scores 7 goals in back-to-back games despite missing Evgeni Malkin.

The New Jersey Devils have still yet to win a game, however have blown four, and three goal leads against the Winnipeg Jets, and Florida Panthers respectively.

The Colorado Avalanche, and the Buffalo Sabres are the only teams remaining that have not lost in regulation yet.

Now let’s take a look at who the three stars of this holiday weekend are.

1. Evgenii Dadonov:

The Florida Panthers went 1-0-2 this past weekend as they fell to both the Sabres, and Islanders in extra time, although would come from behind against the Devils to win 6-4 at the Prudential Center.

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In these three games Dadonov would record a goal, and an assist in each of them; one of the goals being a power play.

The Panthers are now 2-2-2, and will host the unbeaten Avalanche Friday night at 7:00 PM ET.

2. David Pastrnak:

Boston played two games over the weekend; a 3-0 home opener win over the Devils, and a 4-2 matinee win over Anaheim.

Against the Devils, Pastrnak recorded an assist, but against the Ducks, David Pastrnak went off recording all four of the Bruins goals en route to a solid 4-2 win over Anaheim.

Of these goals two were power play goals, and one was a game winning goal.

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More impressively, Boston’s top line of Bergeron-Marchand-Pastrnak recorded a combined total of 11 points in just these two games.

The Bruins are 5-1-0 and will host Atlantic Division foe Tampa Bay Thursday night at 7:00 PM ET.

3. Sam Lafferty:

Penguins’ Center Sam Lafferty is off to a hot start in the NHL.

Over the weekend Pittsburgh played the Minnesota Wild, and the Winnipeg Jets back-to-back on the road.

As mentioned above, the Penguins recorded 7 goals in each of these wins as they took down the Wild 7-4, and the Jets 7-2.

In these two games Lafferty recorded three goals, and two assists for five points, along with a plus-minus rating of plus-five.

One of these goals was the game winning goal against Winnipeg.

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Pittsburgh is displaying their offensive talent, even though Malkin is set to be out with a lower body injury for a substantial amount of time.

The Penguins will look to improve to 5-2-0 when they host the Avalanche Wednesday night at 7:00 PM ET.

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