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NHL Three Stars: 4-point night for St. Louis, other St. Louis pays tribute to Musial

Harrison Mooney
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Brian Elliott sporting a no. 6 Stan Musial jersey. The entire team wore Musial's name and number in warmup in a tribute to the St. Louis Cardinals legend.

No. 1 Star: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

The diminutive Lightning forward led the way for the Lightning in a 5-1 drubbing over the Philadelphia Flyers. Teddy Purcell added a goal and 2 assists, and Steven Stamkos contributed 1 and 1, but St. Louis was the standout with 4 helpers on the night, pushing him to 11 on the season. Shot of the night goes to Vincent Lecavalier, by the way, for this bottle rocket:

Get it? Bottle rocket? Because it was a rocket and it because it popped the water bottle? Man, I am great at this.

No. 2 Star: Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

It wasn't enough, as the Wild fell 5-4 to the St. Louis Blues in overtime, but Parise gave his club 2 goals and an assist in the losing effort. David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo had 2 helpers each for St. Louis, and Vladimir Sobotka scored the game-winner.

No. 3 Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

Marleau remained amazing in the Sharks' 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. He didn't get the two goals he's been getting in every other game this season, but he still picked up a goal (he now has an absurd 9 on the year). He added an assist as the Sharks cruised to a 4-1 win over the Canucks. Joe Pavelski had two goals and Joe Thornton contributed 1 and 1.

Honourable mention: Craig Anderson made 33 saves in the Ottawa Senators' 2-1 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, unfortunately, he couldn't make a save in the shootout, as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and regulation time goal-scorer James Neal all beat him... Andrei Markov scored the overtime winner in the Montreal Canadiens' 4-3 triumph over the New Jersey Devils. Brendan Gallagher scored his first NHL goal, and Patrik Elias registered his 900th career point in the loss on the prettiest pass of the night:

The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings needed OT as well, and Nick Leddy was the hero in a 2-1 Hawks' win... Joel Ward scored a goal and added an assist as the Capitals got their first win of the season, a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Even more encouraging than the win, however, was who scored the game-winner: Alex Ovechkin, who notched his first of the season on the powerplay... John Tavares had a goal and 2 assists for the New York Islanders, but two quick goals by the Winnipeg Jets forced overtime, where Evander Kane made it a 5-4 final for the Jets...

Did you know? Pittsburgh's goal 13:13 into the first period versus Ottawa was the first even-strength goal Craig Anderson has allowed this season.

Dishonourable mention: The Sabres won 38% of their faceoffs versus Washington. In this aspect of the game, they are terrible right now... Ryane Clowe tied a Sharks' franchise record for most penalties in a game with 8... The New York Islanders led 4-2 with 10 minutes to go versus Winnipeg. Then they surrendered goals 65 seconds apart.

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