And tonight’s fourth star…er, first star is…..

Mika Zibanejad experienced a brief moment of confusion following Tuesday’s win over Washington.

As the exuberant Senators made their way to the dressing room, a rink side attendant pulled Zibanejad aside and told him he was about to be announced as one of the game’s stars.

“To be honest, I thought she said, ‘you’re the fourth star’. I was like, ‘you’ve created an open spot for me this game? I didn’t know there was a fourth star, to be honest. What was it again?’ Once it was clarified that he was the game’s first star, Zibanejad replied “Thank You”.

“It was big, that kind of shocked there in the beginning, because I didn’t hear what she said and it was misleading. But it was fine.”

THE KONOPKA RULE?: In addition to the compressed schedule, NHL players are also adjusting to new refereeing standards, including a new penalty for closing their hand on the puck and passing it to a teammate. Erik Condra has learned that the hard way, picking up a “faceoff infraction” penalty for moving the puck with his hands during a faceoff.

Kyle Turris says it’s an adjustment, but it won’t change his game much.

“It’s made for the defensive zone because guys were winning draws and some guys were really good at it. Z (former Senator Zenon Konopka) last year was unbelievable at it. He was such a good faceoff man to begin with and in our zone, he would be 75 per cent. He is just so strong. They would get his stick and then he would bat it back with his hand. (The rule) is made for that.”

 

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