While the elves work, St. Nick enjoys a night out.
No. 1 Star: Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild
Harding continued his Vezina-caliber season with a 37-save Sunday in a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. He would have notched his fourth shutout of the season if it weren't for a Patrick Marleau goal with 1:41 left in the third period. Of his 37 saves, 21 of them came in a second period, including this flashing of the glove:
Earning his first NHL win, Grubauer stopped 30 shots as the Capitals beat the New York Rangers 4-1. Like Harding, he would have had a shutout were it not for a late third period goal. Steven Oleksy scored and assisted on another during a three-goal second period for the Capitals.
Another strong performance from Santorelli saw him pot two goals and add an assist on a third as the Canucks downed the Colorado Avalanche 3-1. Roberto Luongo made 28 saves and came within eight seconds of recording a shutout. Santorelli opened the scoring with a little nifty move against J.S. Giguere:
Honorable mention: Patricks Sharp and Kane each recorded three points, while Marian Hossa, Brandon Saad, Brent Seabrook, and Jonathan Toews had two apiece as the Chicago Blackhawks routed the Florida Panthers 6-2 ... Patrice Bergeron, Carl Soderberg, David Krejci, and Milan Lucic all had two points as the Boston Bruins downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2. Bruins rookie Kevin Miller scored his first NHL goal. Chad Johnson made 30 saves. The Bruins converted on two of their three power plays ... Here's Mikhail Grabovski letting some anger out on his penalty shot:
Did You Know? Harding is 13-1-0 at Xcel Energy Center this season. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: San Jose has lost three straight in regulation and each of their last six visits to Minnesota ... Dion Phaneuf will likely get a call from Brendan Shanahan for this hit on Kevin Miller ... Florida allowed three power play goals on Chicago's four opportunities and failed to score on five man-advantage opportunities ... Corey Crawford had to leave the game with 6:15 to go in the opening period with a lower-body injury:
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