Francophone week under the magnifying glass

Francophone week under the magnifying glass

Every Sunday, LNH.com draws up a list of French-speaking players who have shone in the NHL over the past week. Here are those who managed to do well from March 27 to April 2.

Jonathan HuberdeauFlorida Panthers – 2-5-7, 4 MJ

Few weeks go by without Jonathan Huberdeau making headlines for his offensive exploits.

Thursday, the Quebecer continued the momentum of his exceptional season by recording a new NHL record for left wingers. In the Panthers’ 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, Huberdeau recorded his 71st assist of the season to surpass the previous mark set by Boston Bruins’ Joé Juneau (70) in 1992-93.

“A pretty cool moment,” said Huberdeau. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. I had been made aware through social media, but was trying not to think about it. You just keep collecting passes. »

Huberdeau, who now has 73 assists, set the record when he powered Alexander Barkov during a double power play in the third period.

“It’s really cool that he was able to achieve the feat at home, especially for a player who has been here for so long,” commented Panthers coach Andrew Brunette. I’m happy for him and happy that he found a way to get that record. »

Video: CHI@FLA: Huberdeau breaks record with Barkov’s goal

With two goals and five assists in four games this week, the Saint-Jérôme native remains third in the NHL with a total of 96 points, six behind Connor McDavid and three behind Leon Draisaitlthe two stars of the Edmonton Oilers.

Huberdeau can still legitimately believe in his chances of getting his hands on the Art-Ross trophy, awarded to the league’s leading scorer at the end of the season. Too bad there isn’t a trophy for the best passer, because he would win it hands down, and probably not just this year!

Matthew JosephOttawa Senators – 3-1-4, 2 MJ

Mathieu Joseph certainly needed a period of adaptation when he arrived at the Ottawa Senators.

Acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he had spent the first four seasons of his career, Joseph had collected a small assist in his first four games with the Ottawa team.

However, he exploded Friday with a performance of three goals and an assist to lead his team to a 5-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings.

In doing so, the Laval resident recorded his first career hat trick in the NHL.

“It’s not every day you get to do that in the NHL,” Joseph said. I thought we put in a good team effort to get the win. »

Joseph started his night by getting an assist on Austin Watson’s shorthanded goal in the first period. It was in the third period that he scored his three goals, the last being scored in an empty net.

“I think I missed six or seven shots into the empty net from my blue line [à l’entraînement] this morning, so I wasn’t too confident on that pitch,” Joseph said with a laugh. It was a team effort. The fact that coaches send me on the ice at the end of games like that shows that they trust me and that helps me a lot. »

Video: OTT@DET: Joseph scores his 1st career hat-trick

His four points in one game is also a personal high for the 25-year-old striker.

“He was on the puck all the time, and that was definitely his best game,” coach DJ Smith said. He played smart and he did a lot of good things. »

Kris LetangPittsburgh Penguins – 0-7-7, 4 GMs

Kris Letang ages like fine wine.

With seven assists in four games this week, the 34-year-old defenseman became the 33rd defenseman in NHL history to reach the impressive 500 career assists mark. At the same time, he established a new personal mark with 53 assists since the start of the season.

Video: PIT@MIN: Guentzel restores AN lead

The Montrealer had amassed 51 assists in 2015-16, when he had his best offensive season in his career with 67 points. With 12 games remaining in the regular season, Letang, who has 60 points in 66 games, needs eight points to break his own record.

The task promises to be difficult, however, since the Penguins will face, among others, the Colorado Avalanche, the New York Rangers, the Washington Capitals, the Nashville Predators and the Boston Bruins twice.

Either way, it’s the second time in his career that Letang has reached 60 points.

Honorable mentions

Patrice BergeronBoston Bruins: 1-5-6, 3 GMs
David PerronSt. Louis Blues: 1-3-4, 4 MJ
Alexander CarrierNashville Predators: 0-4-4, 3 GMs
Jonathan MarchessaultVegas Golden Knights: 2-1-3, 2 GMs
Frédérick Gaudreau, Minnesota Wild: 1-2-3, 4 GMs
Phillip DanaultLos Angeles Kings: 0-3-3, 4 MJ
Laurent DauphinMontreal Canadiens: 1-1-2, 3 MJ
Alexis LafreniereNew York Rangers: 1-1-2, 4 GMs
Mike MathesonPittsburgh Penguins: 1-1-2, 4 MJ

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