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Dec. 2, 2013

It was a very special week in the NHL for some Nova Scotians. Here's a quick look back at how our Bluenosers fared.

Fire away!

It was a great week for Antigonish native Alex Grant.

After getting called up from the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals on Friday, the Admirals scoring leader (19 GP – 6 G – G A – 12 P) laced up his skates in his first NHL game on Saturday night as his Anaheim Ducks took on the San Jose Sharks.

With about 7 minutes to go in the third period and his team down 3-1, Grant managed to fire the first shot on net of his NHL career. What happened next is something he will not forget anytime soon (start the video at around 2:20)! 

For those of you keeping score at home, Grant has the best shooting percentage in the NHL at 100%.

Congratulations Alex! Here’s to many more.

Lower Sackville’s James Sheppard, who has a goal and four assists in 22 games for the Sharks this season, was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

Three’s company

Last Monday night saw a trio of Nova Scotians hit the ice in Boston as Sidney Crosby, Zach Sill and the Pittsburgh Penguins took on Brad Marchand’s Bruins.

This was a rematch of last season’s East Conference Final and proved to be a hard fought battle. Down 3-2 with less than a second to go, Crosby redirected a Kunitz shot to tie the game.

Torey Krug would eventually score in OT for the Bruins on a set-up from Brad Marchand.

It was a good week for Marchand who seems to have found his game after a slow start. The Hammonds Plains native had a goal and three assists for the B’s as they went 3-1 last week.

Meanwhile, Crosby continues to lead the NHL in scoring with 36 points including a goal and 5 assists in 4 games last week.

Sill has yet to get on the score sheet in his first two career NHL appearances.

Moving in to #2

Three points in three games last week was good enough to move Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon in to second place in rookie scoring. MacKinnon (25 GP – 5 G – 11 A – 16 P) finds himself tied with Torey Krug and Chris Kreider, five points back of the Sharks’ Tomas Hertl.

MacKinnon’s fifth goal of the season against Minnesota’s Josh Harding was a beauty. Check it out:

It was MacKinnon’s second goal against Harding in as many nights. His goal on Friday night proved to be the winner, his second game winner of the season.

Judique on the Floor! (a shout out to Errol MacInnis for coining that one)

Andrew MacDonald continues to impress for the New York Islanders. The Judique blueliner ranks fifth in the NHL in average time on ice per game (26:32) and he has 21 more blocked shots than Calgary’s Kris Russell to solidify his spot atop the NHL in blocked shots (95 BS).

MacDonald (27 GP – 2 G – 7 A – 9 P) also had a solid week offensively as he picked up a goal and an assist in three games for the Isles.

Check out his goal against the Jets’ Al Montoya below at around the 1:55 mark:

Is it just me or did MacDonald look like another former NHLer from Cape Breton on that blast?

In other Islanders news, despite putting up a goal and two assists in his six appearances this season, rugged winger Eric Boulton was a healthy scratch for the club last week.

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