No. 1 Star: Matt Calvert, Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets winger scored a “video game goal” in overtime to defeat the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1. The end-to-end tally included a 360-degree spin move and a nasty snipe to beat Cory Schneider at the end. Full marks to Sergei Bobrovsky, whose 34 saves enabled the Jackets to pull out the win.
No. 2 Star: Patrik Berglund, St. Louis Blues
Berglund scored the game-tying goal at 5:47 of the second period, and then put the Blues ahead for good 2:12 later in St. Louis’s 6-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. He now has 11 goals on the season. Chris Stewart had a goal and three assists.
No. 3 Star: Rick Nash, New York Rangers
The Rangers star scored his eighth of the season in the third period – in fact, all of his goals this season have come in the third – to tie the New York Islanders. He then had the primary helper on Marian Gaborik’s OT game-winner to give the Blueshirts the 2-1 win over the Isles.
Honorable mention: The Penguins were down 4-1 in the first period, and roared back to beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4. Sidney Crosby has three assists while Chris Kunitz scored twice. Jakub Voracek had two goals for the Flyers. … Lars Eller and P.K. Subban scored third-period goals and Carey Price made 31 saves in the Montreal Canadiens’ 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. … The Boston Bruins got two goals and an assist from Tyler Seguin, holding off the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2. Nazem Kadri scored his 11th in the loss. … The Washington Capitals scored four goals in the first 8:10 of the first period, blowing out the Florida Panthers, 7-1. Mike Ribeiro and Alex Ovechkin both had a goal and two assists. … Bryan Little scored the game-winning goal at 15:52 of the third and Al Montoya made 28 saves as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1. … Patrik Elias scored the game-tying goal at 18:54 of the third and then the game-winner in the shootout as the New Jersey Devils broke a six-game losing skid, 3-2 over the Buffalo Sabres. … Thomas Vanek scored his 13th for the Sabres and Brian Flynn scored his first goal. … Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton scored in the second period and Jimmy Howard made 22 saves as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 3-0. … Jaromir Jagr scored twice and Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves as the Dallas Stars defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 5-2. Jeff Carter scored goal No. 16 in the loss.
Did you know? Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt dropped a ceremonial first puck in honor of his 95th birthday before the Bruins/Leafs game.
Dishonorable mention: Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Kyle Chipchura were both a minus-4. … Both Marc-Andre Fleury (4 goals on 18 shots) and Ilya Bryzgalov (4 goals on 16 shots) were pulled. … Danny Briere was a minus-3. … Jhonas Enroth was injured on the Devils’ game-tying goal; Ryan Miller came in and made four saves. … Jakub Markstrom was chased after giving up two goals on his first two shots for Florida. … Tomas Fleischmann, Tyson Strachan, Brian Campbell and Tomas Kopecky were all a minus-3. … Finally, the Panthers’ Strachan was given an interference major and a game misconduct for this hit on Jason Chimera; Shanaban next?