Monday's Three Stars: Cally's Howe trick; odd SJ-LA goal

Sean Leahy

No. 1 Star: Ryan Callahan(notes), New York Rangers

Callahan did it all in a 3-2 come-from-behind overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He fought Mike Comrie(notes) in the first period, then recorded a secondary assist on Marc Staal's(notes) game-tying shorthanded goal with 26 seconds to go in regulation and to complete the Gordie Howe Hat Trick, Callahan tallied the OT winner for the Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist(notes) made 37 saves and Brandon Dubinsky(notes) set up both Staal's tying goal and Callahan's winning goal for New York's third straight win. The Rangers' penalty killers took care of all five Pittsburgh power plays.

No. 2 Star: Tim Thomas(notes), Boston Bruins

After winning just one of his previous three starts, Thomas was back in form with a 28-save shutout of the New Jersey Devils during a 3-0 Bruins win. The shutout was Thomas' fourth of the season and earned him his ninth win. Nathan Horton(notes) and Blake Wheeler(notes) scored 43 seconds into the second and third periods respectively to ice the win for Boston. Mark Recchi(notes) recorded two assists, putting him four points away from 1500 for his career.

No. 3 Star: Mike Richards(notes), Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers continued their hot play with a 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators Monday night. Richards led the way with his second straight two-goal game, scoring his pair 1:30 apart in the third period to put the game out of reach. Sergei Bobrovsky(notes) saved 28 shots to win for the 11th time this season. Claude Giroux(notes) added three points as the Flyers improved to 9-0-1 in their past 10 games. The lone assist for Richards on Giroux's goal in the second period was his 300th NHL point.

Honorable mention: Tyler Myers' goal with 23 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks and their second straight win at HSBC Center. Ryan Miller(notes) made 36 saves and Derek Roy(notes) and Thomas Vanek(notes) each added two assists apiece. Veteran Rob Niedermayer(notes) played in his 1,110th NHL game. Daniel (one goal, two assists) and Henrik (three assists) Sedin combined for six points for the Canucks ... John-Michael Liles'(notes) two goals in the first period helped Colorado to a 3-1 lead over the St. Louis Blues and a 6-3 win at Pepsi Center. The victory was the Avs' fifth straight over St. Louis. Brandon Yip(notes) and David Jones(notes) scored 17 seconds apart in the second period and Peter Budaj(notes) made 27 saves to send the Blues to their fourth straight loss ... Patrick Marleau(notes) scored a goal and recorded two assists and Antero Niittymaki(notes) made 32 saves as San Jose upended Los Angeles 6-3 to end the Kings' six-game winning streak.

Did you know? The Flyers have scored 18 goals in their last three games, the most in a three-game span since scoring 19 between October 28-November 3, 2005. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Ottawa's loss snapped Brian Elliott's(notes) five-game win streak ... Vancouver has now lost two of their past four after winning their previous six games ... The six goals scored against Jonathan Bernier(notes) were the most since Boston put seven on him in October 2007 ... In a weird sequence during the second period of Sharks-Kings, a Ryan Smyth(notes) shot crossed the goal line, but the officials did not see it. Marc-Edouard Vlasic(notes) retrieved the puck from the Sharks net and continued play. Not long after hitting a post, the Sharks' Torrey Mitchell(notes) scored to make it 4-1 San Jose. After a review, Mitchell's goal was wiped off and the officials awarded Smyth's goal for the Kings: