The Canadiens forward had a 5-point night, including a hat trick, as Montreal beat the Ottawa Senators in a wild 7-4 game. Pacioretty scored his first goal in the first to tie the game at 3-3. He scored another in the second and then completed the trick for his 38th goal of the season. Thomas Vanek had three assists in the win.
Gagner scored the game-tying goal for Edmonton at 19:19 of the third period – a gift thanks to a miscue by Phoenix Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss – and then beat Greiss in the shootout with an awesome move for the 3-2 win.
No. 3 Star: Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils
Honorable mention: The Detroit Red Wings scored three first-period goals and then hung on for a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist. … Colin Wilson and Mike Fisher scored two goals apiece in the Nashville Predators’ 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. ... Mike Cammalleri scored in the Calgary Flames’ 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers. It was Cammalleri’s 500th career point. … The Columbus Blue Jackets suffered a heartbreaking loss as Ben Smith scored with 3.7 seconds left in regulation, giving the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win. Ryan Johansen scored his 31st in the loss, while Patrick Sharp scored his 32nd. …
Dishonorable mention: Chris Neil earned 24 minutes in penalties against Montreal. … P.K. Subban and Jason Spezza were a minus-3. … Francois Beauchemin was a minus-4.