NHL Three Stars: Holtby blanks Oilers, Flyers get offensive

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) catches a shot by Edmonton Oilers defenseman Eric Gryba (62) in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Washington. The Capitals won 1-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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No. 1 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

Holtby was brilliant in making 33 saves, outdueling Ander Nilsson in the Capitals’ 1-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Dmitry Orlov scored in the third period for the game’s lone goal. 

No. 2 Star: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

Shayne Gostisbehere scored on the power play in overtime, with Victor Rask in the box for holding the stick, giving the Flyers a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Claude Giroux had the primary assist on that goal, scored his seventh and set up Brayden Schenn’s power-play goal for a three-point night. 

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No. 3 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

Rask made 39 saves and didn’t allow a goal in the shootout in the Bruins’ 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brad Marchand scored two goal, including one baseball style.

Honorable Mention: The Colorado Avalanche scored four straight goals, including Matt Duchene’s 11th, in a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.  … Marian Gaborik’s goal in the third period iced it for the Los Angeles Kings, who defeated the Florida Panthers, 3-1. Jonathan Quick made 30 saves. … Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves and Kevin Hayes had a goal and an assist as the New York Rangers shut out the Nashville Predators, 3-0. … Third-period goals from Troy Brouwer and Robby Fabbri gave the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Jake Allen made 24 saves. 

Did You Know? Rod Brind’Amour entered the Flyers Hall of Fame.

 

Dishonorable Mention: Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele were a minus-3. … Florida goalie Al Montoya was pulled in the first period after injuring his head in a collision with Nick Shore. … The Panthers have lost three in a row and nine of their past 12 (3-6-3). … Nashville was 0-for-5 on the power play. 

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