Max Pacioretty and Shawn Matthias go head-to-head.
No. 1 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
It was a goaltender's duel in the Sunshine State, and Price came out on top, stopping all 26 shots he faced in a 1-0 overtime win over the Florida Panthers. The lone goal came courtesy of Rene Bourque, who ruined Jose Theodore's shutout bid at 2:10 of the extra frame.
No. 2 Star: Eric Fehr, Washington Capitals
Fehr is on fire right now. Two nights after putting up a goal and an assist in a win over Florida, Fehr continued producing for the Capitals in a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay, scoring twice. He now has 5 points in his last 3 games, all of which the Capitals have won. Mathieu Perrault added 3 assists for Washington.
No. 3 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Rinne was his usual unbeatable self Thursday versus the Phoenix Coyotes, stopping 19 shots for his third shutout already this month and leading Nashville to a 3-0 win. He is very good.
Honourable mention: Joe Corvo had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes halted the Toronto Maple Leafs' win streak with a 3-1 win. Colton Orr and Kevin Westgarth staged the fight of the night early in the first:
.. John Tavares scored once in regulation and once in the shootout as the New York Islanders topped the New York Rangers, 4-3, for their first victory at MSG in 9 tries... Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche scored a game-tying goal, then finished the Minnesota Wild off in the shootout in a 4-3 win.
Did you know? The Nashville Predators are 14-0-1 at home when Nick Spaling scores a goal. [Puck Scene]
Dishonourable mention: Chris Mason did a live interview from the Nashville bench in the third period of the Predators/Coyotes game and was asked about a series of saves Mike Smith made late in the second. His response: "That s***'s gonna happen." Although that's not so much dishonourable as it is awesome... Pratfall of the night: Jussi Jokinen scored a goal, and then fell down: