NHL Three Stars: Eriksson's hat trick downs Wild; Jones keeps Sharks streaking on road

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Boston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson, right, skates past Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, center, after scoring his first goal of the game during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Eriksson had a hat trick in the game. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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No. 1 Star: Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins

The Boston forward continued a nice bounce-back season with a hat trick in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. He has 17 points in 18 games this season. Since he was traded to Boston over two years ago, Eriksson hasn’t scored more than 47 points in a single season. The hat trick was the third of Eriksson’s career. Boston is 9-8-1 on the year.

No. 2 Star: Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks

Jones won his fourth straight game with a sterling 34 save performance for the Sharks in a 1-0 overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sharks have also won four straight (all on the road) and are now in second place in the Pacific Division with 22 points in 19 games – two points behind the Los Angeles Kings for first.

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No. 3 Star: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators captain scored two goals and added an assist in a 3-0 blanking of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Karlsson who was also a plus-2, fired seven shots on goal and played 30:44. The blueliner has 21 points in 19 games. The Senators have won twice in the last six games. 

Honorable Mention: St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-2 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres. Teammate Alexander Steen notched two assists and fired the shootout winner … Sabres rookie Jack Eichel notched an assist and won 62 percent of his face offs … Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf notched two assists in a 3-1 win at the Florida Panthers … Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg scored a goal as did defenseman Cam Fowler … Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 20 of 21 New York Rangers shots on goal in a 2-1 win … Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula scored a goal and added an assist … Tampa’s win broke a nine-game Rangers winning streak … Senators forward Kyle Turris scored a goal and added an assist … Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson stopped 25 of 25 Blue Jackets shots on goal … Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith stopped 31 of 33 shots on goal to pick up a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. He also notched  an assist on a Shane Doan goal … Dale Weise scored his ninth goal of the season for the Habs and Max Pacioretty notched his 10th in a losing effort … Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg notched two assists in a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. Klingberg continues to lead NHL defensemen in scoring with 22 points … Tyler Seguin picked up his 11th goal of the season and Jason Spezza scored the game-winner at the 11:10 mark for Dallas … Alexander Ovechkin scored his 484th career NHL goal – a record amongst Russian players in the league … Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin scored a goal in a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche … Penguins forward Sidney Crosby scored his third goal of the season … Avalanche forward Matt Duchene scored two goals and defenseman Tyson Barrie scored a goal and added an assist … Bruins winger David Krejci notched two assists … Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker scored a goal … Sharks forward Melker Karlsson fired the OT winner.

Did You Know? Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz coached his 1,295th game of his career, passing Jacques Martin for 10th most in NHL history.  

Dishonorable Mention: The Florida Panthers squandered a 38-save performance by goaltender Roberto Luongo … The loss by the Blue Jackets broke a three-game winning streak …Colorado goaltender Reto Berra stopped 26 of 30 Pittsburgh shots on goal … Avs forwards Blake Comeau and Carl Soderberg were each a minus-3 … By surrendering four goals to Boston, Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk now has a 2.64 goal-against average and .906 save percentage … the Flyers have won twice in the month of November.

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