NHL Three Stars: Seguin gets 5, Crosby’s minus-5; MacKinnon tops Gretzky

Greg Wyshynski
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NHL Three Stars: Seguin gets 5, Crosby’s minus-5; MacKinnon tops Gretzky

No. 1 Star: Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars

Playing the lifeless carcass of the Vancouver Canucks, Seguin had a 5-point game in the Stars’ 6-1 win. He scored two straight goals in the first period and then again in the third, assisting on goals by Jamie Benn and Alex Goligoski. It’s his second 5-point game of the season.

No. 2 Star: Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres goalie made 43 saves against Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning, as Buffalo won, 3-1. Tyler Myers, Marcus Foligno and Cody Hodgson scored the goals.

No. 3 Star: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Can a player land a star of the night with a single assist? Sure, when that assist sets up an overtime game-winning goal by Andre Benoit, and when that assist earned him a point in his 13th consecutive game, the longest streak ever by an 18-year-old – breaking a Wayne Gretzky record. The Avs won, 3-2, on Nicklas Lidstrom Night in Detroit.

Honorable mention: Radim Vrbata scored two goals and Mike Smith made 24 saves as the Phoenix Coyotes topped the Montreal Canadiens, 5-2. … The Boston Bruins swarmed the Washington Capitals, limiting them to 16 shots in a 3-0 victory. Tuukka Rask had the shutout. … Mike Richards and Dustin Brown scored first-period goals as the Los Angeles Kings topped the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2. Jonathan Quick made 17 saves. … In the night’s most entertaining game, Joe Pavelski assisted on two goals by Brent Burns and a knuckle-puck from Joe Thornton as the Sharks rallied with three third-period goals to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3. Pavelski led the Sharks with a plus-3. … Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews scored two goals apiece in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 6-1 rout of Columbus. … Ian Cole and Magnus Paajarvi had the goals and Ryan Miller won again with 20 saves, as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Nashville Predators, 2-1. … Taylor Hall scored an overtime goal on a great setup from Sam Gagner, as the Edmonton Oilers topped the New York Islanders, 3-2, with Wayne Gretzky in the house.

Did You Know? Ryan Smyth scored his 126th power-play goal as an Oiler, tying him for the franchise lead with Glenn Anderson and passing Gretzky.

Dishonorable mention: Sidney Crosby was a minus-5 for the first time of his career. … Zack Kassian was given a 5-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct for a hit from behind on Brenden Dillon. He’ll have an NHL hearing for it. … Eddie Lack was pulled after giving up five goals on 17 shots. … Thomas Vanek’s debut: zero points and one shot on goal with a minus-1. … Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled after giving up four goals on 18 shots.