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NHL Three Stars: Leafs’ Reimer rules vs. Capitals

Greg Wyshynski
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No. 1 Star: James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs goalie made 49 saves and a few more in the shootout, as Toronto bested the Washington Capitals, 2-1. David Clarkson and Alex Ovechkin had the goals.

No. 2 Star: David Krejci, Boston Bruins

Set up by Jarome Iginla on a rush into the zone, Krejci had to make a nifty move to beat Cam Ward and give the Boston Bruins the 3-2 win in overtime.

No. 3 Star: Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild played without a backup goalie, as expected starter Josh Harding was injured in warmups. But Backstrom made 37 saves and Charlie Coyle won it in the shootout against the Winnipeg Jets for the 3-2 win.

Honorable mention: Cam Talbot made 17 saves for the shutout and Mats Zuccarello set up goals by Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan as the New York Rangers topped the Nashville Predators, 2-0. … Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov didn’t face the shot volume of his counterpart Ben Scrivens, but his 19 saves were good enough for the shutout as Colorado won in OT, 1-0. Jamie McGinn was credited with the goal, which went off of a sliding Jarret Stoll. … Max Pacioretty and James Neal both had two goals, but it was Tomas Plekanec’s goal that helped push the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. … Clarke MacArthur scored two goals and Robin Lehner made 37 saves in the Ottawa Senators4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. … Matt Read scored two goals as the Philadelphia Flyers continued their turnaround, 5-2 over the New York Islanders. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist, while Steve Mason made 36 saves. … The Blues’ top line generated two goals in their 6-1 rout of the Dallas Stars. David Backes scored his 10th. … Dustin Penner scored two goals and Jonas Hiller made 42 saves in the Anaheim Ducks4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. Shane Doan scored goal No. 11. … The Chicago Blackhawks got goals from Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger nine seconds apart in defeating the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1. … Scott Hannan and Tyler Kennedy had first-period goals, while Antti Niemi made them stand up with 18 saves in the San Jose Sharks2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Did You Know? Brendan Morrow, who played 13 seasons with Dallas, picked up an assist for the Blues. He now has a point against all 30 teams. …

Dishonorable mention: Nashville lost forward Patric Hornqvist in the first period with an upper-body injury. … Jamie Benn and Sergei Gonchar were minus-3. … Kari Lehtonen was pulled after giving up five goals for Dallas. …The Ducks lost Bryan Allen to injury, while Phoenix lost Martin Hanzal in the first to a lower-body injury. … Pavel Datsyuk will miss Sunday’s Detroit game with an injury he appeared to suffer on a Jared Cowen head shot.

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