NHL Three Stars: Landeskog, Trocheck lead way with 4-point nights

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NHL Three Stars: Landeskog, Trocheck lead way with 4-point nights
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  • Vincent Trocheck
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  • Gabriel Landeskog
    Gabriel Landeskog
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No. 1 Star: Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche 

The Avs star had two third-period goals to put the game away, to go along with two assists, in their 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars. He skated 20:27.

No. 2 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

Rinne stopped all 31 shots he faced, as the Preds shutout the Edmonton Oilers, 2-0. Filip Forsberg scored his first.

No. 3 Star: Vincent Trocheck, Florida Panthers  

The Panthers forward had a goal and three assists in their 7-1 rout of the Philadelphia Flyers. He opened the scoring at 1:23, assisted on two more first-period goals and then had a helper on Reilly Smith’s second of the night in the third. Jaromir Jagr also had two goals, giving him 724 for his career.

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Honorable Mention: Steven Stamkos netted his first of the season and Ben Bishop made 24 saves in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 4-1 win over the Robin Lehner-less Buffalo Sabres. … Lars Eller (2 goals), Alexander Semin (2 assists) and Alex Galchenyuk (3 assists) rolled again in the Montreal Canadiens’ 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins. … Bobby Ryan and Mike Hoffman scored in the shootout, which apparently still happen despite the existence of the 3-on-3 OT, as the Ottawa Senators outlasted the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4. Kyle Turris scored his third. … Rookie Oscar Lindberg now has four goals and Henrik Lundqvist was brilliant with 37 saves as the New York Rangers topped the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2. … Alex Ovechkin scored a beauty and Jason Chimera set the tone with a shorthanded goal in the first as the Washington Capitals outlasted the New Jersey Devils, 5-3. … Petr Mrazek made 44 (!) saves in the Red Wings’ 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. That included holding the fort in the first when Detroit was outshot 18-2. Justin Abdelkader scored his fourth. … Artemi Panarin and Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-1 win over the New York Islanders. …  Johnny Gaudreau had the overtime game-winner in the Calgary Flames’ 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Dougie Hamilton scored his first as a Flame. … Phil Kessel scored his first as a Pittsburgh Penguins player, but it wasn’t enough as Mike Smith (27 saves) was outstanding in the Arizona Coyotes’ 2-1 win. … Martin Jones pitched a 27-save shutout as the San Jose Sharks used two Patrick Marleau goals to defeat the Anaheim Ducks, 2-0. … Charlie Coyle had two goals, including this awesome one, and Zach Parise scored his fourth in the Minnesota Wild’s 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Did You Know? This is the first time in Capitals history that their first goal of the season was scored shorthanded. (NHL)

Dishonorable Mention:. Torrey Mitchell was given a match penalty for slew-footing Zac Rinaldo. … Luke “Trade Bait” Schenn was a minus-3. … Steve Mason was pulled in the first. ... Sergey Bobrovsky was pulled after giving up four goals. … Cam Atkinson and William Karlsson were a minus-4. … Connor McDavid was scoreless again. … John Tavares was given a game misconduct vs. the Blackhawks. ... Ryan Spooner was given a game misconduct for a boarding major against Alex Semin. Yes, Ryan Spooner.