NHL Three Stars: Kesler, Miller each score pair to power Canucks, Red Wings

Sean Leahy
December 2, 2013

No. 1 Star: Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks

In the second of two weekend matinees, Kesler netted a pair of goals as the Canucks edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. Kesler's second of the game, which ended up as the game winner, came at the end of a wild start to the second period that saw three goals between the teams in the opening 1:16.

No. 2 Star: Drew Miller, Detroit Red Wings

The game may have been about Daniel Alfredsson's return to Ottawa, but Miller was the star of the game scoring twice as the Red Wings doubled up the Senators 4-2. It was Miller's first multi-goal game since Dec. 17, 2011.

No. 3 Star: Ilya Bryzgalov, Edmonton Oilers

Bryzgalov allowed only a goal to the Dallas Stars and made 28 saves before having to leave the game in the second period after a collision with Ryan Garbutt. Shootout goals from Jordan Eberle and David Perron would help give the Oilers a 3-2 win over Dallas. Devan Dubnyk made 15 saves in relief of Bryzgalov.

Honorable mention: Jason's Garrison's two assists give him six points in his last five games ... Eddie Lack made 29 saves for his first win since Oct. 25. Helping preserve Lack's third win of the season was the quick stick of Alex Burrows:

Alfredsson was honored before the game with a video tribute and ended the night with two points, including an empty-netter. He has now scored against all 30 NHL teams:

Alfie grabbed the puck at the end of the and was named the third star ... Vern Fiddler won 13 of his 15 face-offs ... Ryan Garbutt's two goals give him five points in his last three games.

Did You Know? The Canucks are 21-0-0-1 all-time when Ryan Kesler scores at least two goals. (Sportsnet)

Dishonorable mention: The Hurricanes failed to capitalize on their six power plays ... Carolina has now dropped six of their last eight ... Tyler Seguin missed the game after experiencing concussion-like symptoms on Sunday. After the game, Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said Seguin would travel with the team this week.