No. 1 Star: Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
The Kings star scored at 14:05 of the third period to complete a rally against the Chicago Blackhawks. He then scored at 2:04 of a frantic 3-on-3 overtime to give the Kings an impressive 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Anze Kopitar set up both goals.
No. 2 Star: Mikkel Boedker, Arizona Coyotes
The Coyotes forward tallied a hat trick in their 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators. That included an insurance goal in the third period, his ninth of the season, that ended up being the game-winner. Anders Lindback made 35 saves.
No. 3 Star: Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers
It’s hasn’t been the best offensive year for Simmonds, but it was a hell of an offensive performance from him in a 3-0 win against the New York Rangers. He scored two goals and set up Sean Couturier’s tally, giving Steve Mason (24 saves) all he’d need for the shutout victory.
Honorable Mention: Jason Chimera had a goal and an assist and Braden Holtby made 32 saves in the Washington Capitals’ 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. … Kyle Palmieri scored at 19:38 of the third period and John Moore scored in overtime as the New Jersey Devils rallied to beat the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2. Patrik Elias scored his first of the season. Alex Galchenyuk had two goals. … John Tavares scored his 11th of the season in the third period as the New York Islanders topped the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2. … The Edmonton Oilers overcame two Evgeni Malkin goals – one of which was spectacular – to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in a shootout. Anders Nilsson made 39 saves. … Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 14th to spark a three-goal St. Louis Blues rally as they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1. Jake Allen had 23 saves. … Sam Reinhart scored two goals to help ruin Juuse Saros’s NHL debut, as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Nashville Predators, 4-1. … The Dallas Stars rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the third period, and Tyler Seguin’s overtime goal gave them a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Jason Pominville scored his first for the Wild. … Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene both had a goal and two assists in the Colorado Avalanche’s 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. … Blake Wheeler had a shorthanded goal in the loss. … Mike Hoffman had two goals for the Senators. … The San Jose Sharks blasted the Calgary Flames with four straight goals in their 5-2 win. Joel Ward and Patrick Marleau both scored their ninth, on the power play.
Did You Know? Patrick Kane became the first American player to tally a point in 19 straight games, setting an NHL record.
Dishonorable Mention: Derick Brassard was a minus-3. … Luke Schenn was given an instigator in a fight with Dylan McIlrath. … Bryan Little was a minus-3. … The Nashville Predators’ Viktor Arvidsson cross-checked Carlo Colaiacovo in the throat, denting his trachea. (Ouch.) … This was a rather dirty cross-check from Johnny Oduya on a just-returned Zach Parise.