No. 1 Star: Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
The Kings built up a 3-0 first period lead only to see it dissolve as the Ottawa Senators came back to force overtime. But on the power play early in the extra frame, Carter completed his three-point night (2 power play goals, 1 assist) by deflecting in a Mike Richards shot to give LA a 4-3 victory.
No. 2 Star: Alex Steen, St. Louis Blues
In one of the best games of the young season, Steen's goal with 21.1 seconds left in the third period broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Blues a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Steen's third of the season came as a product of a Blackhawks' pinch, which led to a 3-on-1 for St. Louis:
No. 3 Star: Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames
Calgary almost blew another big lead, but hung on to beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2. Flames rookie Monahan helped build a 3-0 lead with a first period goal and an assist nine minutes later on Sven Baertschi's first of the season. His goal came after some nice creativity in the build-up:
Honorable mention: Carter was also 8-for-10 on draws ... Dustin Brown scored his first two goals of the season in the opening period ... Richards and Anze Kopitar each recorded a pair of assists ... Bobby Ryan scored his first goal as a Senator in the losing effort ... Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots as he and the Blues begin the season 3-0-0 ... Alex Pietrangelo recorded two assists, including one on Steen's winner ... Despite the loss, the Blackhawks were successful on the power play, cashing in on both opportunities ... Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews all chipped in two points apiece ... Andrei Markov recorded his 400th career NHL point ... Joey MacDonald made 33 saves for his second win of the season. He flashed he double pad stack in the second period to deny Markov:
Did You Know? "The Blues (3-0) matched their best start to a season, also done in the 1969-70 and 1993-94 campaigns." (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Kane's goal snapped St. Louis' penalty kill streak at 11 straight and ended Halak's shutout streak at 111:52 ... Clarke MacArthur's hooking call late in the third period set the Kings up for their winning overtime goal.