Welcome back to the show everyone. Fans of the NFHL have been witnessing incredible plays from the biggest names in the game for many years now. But there is a new generation of players coming along and they are doing some really exciting things we haven't seen before. They skate faster, shoot harder and are more skilled than ever. This week's Top 10 has a nice blend of players from both groups. Ready to see who they are? Let's roll the tape!
"Great save by Burke, back the other way for the game winning goal!"..."Wow, this Russian rookie can really light it up!"..."Big Al has been completely dominant every time he's on the ice!"..."Gretzky in all alone, he dekes and scores!"
#10. Nords Blanked On Back To Back Nights
Following an improved performance last season, the Nordiques' offense has struggled to produce early in 1994. This week they were shut out two nights in a row! Canucks goalie Ed Belfour made 20 saves in a 5-0 win in Quebec and then Kings goalie Ron Hextall stopped 21 shots the following night.
#9. Young's Hot Stick Just What Bruins Need
Bruins forward Scott Young continued his hot start with a hat trick in a 5-4 win over Chicago. After a perfect first week, Boston stumbled in week 2, going 3-3-1. Young is doing his best to keep them on track. His 9 goals are tied for 2nd place in the entire league.
#8. Devils Keep Burning Their Opponents
Laurie Boschman and Torrie Robertson each had 2 goals and 1 assist as the Devils tormented the Kings by a score of 7-1. Calle Johansson added 3 assists. New Jersey finished the week tied with Hartford for top spot in the Wales Conference with 16 points.
#7. The Power Play Kid Strikes Again
Jeremy Roenick scored 3 power play points (2 PPG and 1 PPA) in a 6-5 win against the Islanders to propel the North Stars to their 6th straight victory. JR has 13 points and leads the league with 6 powerplay goals. Minnesota is 5th in the Campbell Conference with a 7-3 record.
#6. Major Moves For Blues Following Loss
Felix Potvin made 23 saves in a 3-2 win over the Blues, giving the Red Wings backup a 3-0 record to start the year. It was the last straw for St. Louis GM Pat Blais. Following the game, he started a massive rebuild by trading Patrick Sundstrom, Peter Ihnacak, Mike Richter, Anton Stastny, Kjell Dahlin and Jamie Macoun.
#5. Rockies Keep Rolling In Week 2
Peter Stastny continued to pile up the points with 2 goals and 3 assists as the Rockies blasted the Leafs 10-3. Six Colorado players had multiple points, with Ron Francis and Craig Muni each totalling 4 and Steve Yzerman and Mario Tremblay adding 3, as the team remained undefeated at 8-0-2.
#4. Burke Leads Penguins Past Panthers
Sean Burke stopped 31 of 32 shots and Alexei Kovalev scored in overtime to lift the Penguins to a 2-1 win over the Panthers. Pittsburgh was 3-1-1 this week and has won 3 in a row to climb into a 3-way tie for 4th in the Wales Conference. The up-and-coming Pens already have 5 players with 10 or more points.
#3. Yashin Leads All Rookies In Scoring
Alexei Yashin scored his first career hat trick in New York's 7-2 romp over Montreal. The rebuilding Islanders aren't winning as much as they used to but Yashin can't complain. He is tied for 3rd overall in goals and leads all rookies with 12 points in 10 games played.
#2. Big Al Scoring At A Record Pace
Al MacInnis scored 1 goal and 3 assists in the Jets 9-2 win over the Nordiques. The All-Star defenseman is tied for 3rd place in league scoring with 19 points and is 1st overall with a plus 17 rating, leading Winnipeg to a 9-1 start. He was named the league's first star in week #2.
#1. Panthers Heating Up In Sunny Florida
Wayne Gretzky scored 3 goals and added 2 assists while Mike Moffat stopped 18 shots in the Panthers 7-0 blow out over the Flames. It was Moffat's 2nd shutout and 5th win of the season, putting him 2 wins away from hitting 300 in his career. Gretzky is 2nd in team scoring with 12 points in 11 games.