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NHL Three Stars: Lightning finally win again in Detroit; Doan’s heroics vs. Caps

Greg Wyshynski
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No. 1 Star: Teddy Purcell, Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning forward snapped a shot past Jimmy Howard at 3:51 of overtime, taking advantage of a Kyle Quincey mistake that turned into a Richard Panik to the slot. The Lightning won, 3-2, their first win at the Joe since Jan. 1994(!) and in Steve Yzerman’s return to Detroit.

No. 2 Star: Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes

Doan scored two power-play goals, including the game-tying tally at 18:14 of the third, as the Phoenix Coyotes rallied for a 4-3 shootout win over the Washington Capitals. Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker had the shootout tallies.

No. 3 Star: Tyler Toffoli, Los Angeles Kings

The Kings forward had two goals and an assist to lead the Kings to a 5-1 rout of the Vancouver Canucks. Those were his first two goals of the season. Mike Richards had a goal and two assists in the win.

Honorable mention: The Ottawa Senators got a key power-play goal from Clarke MacArthur in the second to key a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers in coach Peter Horachek’s debut. … Claude Giroux finally scored a goal and Steve Mason made 24 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers topped the Edmonton Oilers, 4-2.Patrice Bergeron scored two goals and the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1, in that team’s first visit to Beantown since their playoff meltdown last spring. … Ryan Johansen and Brandon Dubinsky each had a goal and two assists as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the New York Islanders, 5-2. … Ryan Reaves and Kevin Shattenkirk provided the offense, and Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves in the St. Louis Blues’ 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. … The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Dallas Stars, 5-2, as Marian Hossa netted two goals and Patrick Sharp had four assists. … The Minnesota Wild scored three shootout goals against Justin Peters to top the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2, including this nasty move from Zach Parise:

Did You Know? Linden Vey scored his first NHL point for the Kings. And wouldn’t you know it, 10,000 people on Twitter made the same “Oy Vey” joke.

Dishonorable mention: Roberto Luongo was pulled after giving up four goals on 18 shots. … Alex Edler was a minus-3. … Taylor Fedun was a minus-3. … The officials blew a match penalty called on the Oilers’ Anton Belov, who hit Giroux’s shoulder and not his head. … Thomas Vanek left the Islanders’ loss with an upper body injury, and Adam McQuaid was injured for the Bruins.

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