SS power rankings mar 29

Throw out the Xs and Os and join Short Shifts for our own weekly power rankings. What is our criteria? Whatever makes us smile, laugh, cry or any other wholesome feeling. This list is updated every Friday with our top moments of the week.

Josh Doan had a picture-perfect NHL debut for his dad’s former team on Tuesday. The Arizona Coyotes rookie scored his first two NHL goals in the team’s 6-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Mullett Arena. Shane Doan was thrilled after his son’s first goal, clapping and hugging his family. After the game, the former Coyotes captain presented his son with the puck from his first NHL goal. Looks like Josh is ready to chase his dad’s Coyotes all-time scoring record.

Ranking: Priceless

The Edmonton Oilers forward joined the 50-goal club on Sunday. During their game against the Ottawa Senators, Hyman scored the milestone goal after tapping in a pass from Connor McDavid on the power play for a 3-1 lead in the second period. Hyman’s teammates were elated and showered him with hugs and congratulations as he headed to the bench. At 31, the Oilers forward became the third-oldest player to record his first 50-goal season. After the game, Hyman summed up his unconventional journey to the career achievement. “I think it just shows that you just hit little milestones on the way and you just block out outside noise and you work really hard and you have a positive attitude and good things happen.”

Ranking: Hats off

3. Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes used an unconventional stat when they put their playoff streak into perspective on Thursday. Carolina clinched their sixth-straight playoff berth after their 4-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings. The Hurricanes tweeted out names of all the people comedian Pete Davidson has dated since the last time they didn’t make the playoffs. The list included Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale and Kim Kardashian.

Ranking: Chuckling

Evgeni Malkin scored a goal for each of his good luck charms on Thursday. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward’s parents attended their first game at PPG Paints Arena in over five years. Malkin recorded two power play goals in the Penguins 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. His parents waved and put their hands in the air after his second score of the night. After the game, Malkin said his parents wake up at 3 a.m. in Russia to watch all his games on the Internet. “It probably gave me a little bit more emotion,” Malkin said after the game.

Ranking: Group hug

5. Young Washington Capitals fans

Two young Capitals fans traveled from Idaho to Toronto for the team's game against the Maple Leafs on Thursday. Of course, the young fans brought a special gift from their home state for Alex Ovechkin with them. During warmups, the fans held up a sign that read, “Ovie, we came all the way from Idaho. Trade you a potato for 4 a puck." The Capitals captain didn’t leave the boys hanging and tossed a puck over the glass. No word on whether Ovechkin got his potato, though.

Ranking: Break out the air fryer

6. Jaromir Jagr bobbleheads

Jaromir Jagr’s stolen bobbleheads were found and secured on Monday. "The Penguins were notified last week that a special cargo recovery team negotiated the return of the stolen property to a secure warehouse located in Ontario, California. The truckload arrived in Pittsburgh today and is expected to be delivered to PPG Paints Arena within the next week," the team announced. The Penguins were mum on whether Jagr was a part of the negotiations.

Ranking: Sigh of relief

7. George Kittle

George Kittle was spinning some invisible tracks on Tuesday. The San Francisco 49ers tight end watched the Nashville Predators against the Vegas Golden Knights at Bridgestone Arena. Sporting his buddy Filip Forsberg’s No. 9 jersey, Kittle pretended to DJ during a stoppage in play. The energy rubbed off on the Predators who won 5-4 in overtime.

Ranking: Turn it up

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