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NHL Three Stars: Filppula bails out Bolts; Martin Jones gets third shutout

Harrison Mooney
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No. 1 Star: Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins

Chara had a game-high 5 shots on goal, two of which went into the net. It was all the offence the Bruins would need in a 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames, in large part because Chara's such a force at the other end.

No. 2 Star: Valteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning

Filpulla scored a shootout goal in the Lightning's comeback 3-2 win over the New York Islanders, but he was also the only reason they were there. He scored twice late in the third period to send the game to overtime, including his second of the night with four seconds remaining in regulation:

Defense: the Islanders are doing it wrong.

No. 3 Star: Martin Jones, Los Angeles Kings

In his sixth NHL game, Jones picked up his third career shutout, which is absurd. The Kings' rookie made 24 saves in LA's 3-o win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Honorable mention: The Buffalo Sabres scored 4 unanswered goals to beat the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, for their first regulation win in a month… Aleksander Barkov had 2 assists in the Florida Panthers' 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs… The Anaheim Ducks rode Andrew Cogliano's 3-assist performance to a 5-2 win over the struggling Detroit Red WingsMikko Koivu had 2 assist and Jason Pominville scored the shootout winner as the Minnesota Wild edged the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2. But the real highlight of this game was Wild mascot Nordy dressed as a green man:

Ray Whitney scored twice and Colton Sceviour scored the late winner in the Dallas Stars' 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche… The San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues, 4-2, to sweep the season series… Alex Ovechkin scored his 28th, but it wasn't enough as the Philadelphia Flyers topped the Washington Capitals 5-2. They got two goals from Jakub Voracek… Max Pacioretty had three points in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes… Duncan Keith assisted on both of the Chicago Blackhawks' first-period goals in their 3-1 triumph over the Nashville Predators. His second assist came on this gorgeous Patrick Kane goal:

Did You Know? John Tortorella on the Canucks' performance in the skills competition: "We suck in the shootout. We do. We have to try different people, I guess, because we stink at it.”

Dishonorable mention: Tom Wilson is probably going to get suspended. Kyle Quincey too.

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