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NHL Three Stars: Neal’s five point night; Shattenkirk, Wheeler score late OT goals

Harrison Mooney
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Ron Hainsey demolishes the net.

No. 1 Star: James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins

Neal had a five-point night in the Penguins 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, picking up the hat trick by scoring once in every period and adding two assists in the third. Sidney Crosby had a three-point night as well, scoring and setting up two goals within a two-minute period midway through the final frame to help the Penguins take over the game.

No. 2 Star: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Perhaps buoyed by the report that he'd be going to Sochi, Ryan Miller made a whopping 49 saves, then added six more in the shootout to guide the Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals. It was all Miller, too. Alex Ovechkin alone tested him 12 times. The Sabres had 17 total shots.

No. 3 Star: Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders

The Islanders came back from down 3-0 to beat the Minnesota Wild, 5-4, and Okposo was a major reason they pulled it off. The Long Island forward assisted on the Isles' first goal and then scored their final two goals in the third period for the win.

Honorable mention: Tom Gilbert had two assists as the Florida Panthers beat the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1... Eddie Lack only needed to make 18 saves for the shutout as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Calgary Flames 2-0... Tyler Bozak had 3 assists and Phil Kessel scored twice in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes... Mats Zuccarello had a three-point night and Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves in his return to a net, a 4-3 win for the New York Rangers over the Tampa Bay Lightning... Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in the San Jose Sharks' 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, snapping Anaheim's 10-game winning streak... Kevin Shattenkirk scored the overtime winner in the St. Louis Blues' 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars with just 11 seconds to go:

... Not to be outdone, Blake Wheeler scored the OT winner for the Winnipeg Jets in their 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche with two seconds to go:

Did You Know? In their last 5 games, the Wild have allowed 24 goals.

Dishonorable mention: Brian McGrattan will likely hear from the Department of Player Safety after his high hit on Andrew Alberts... the Wild are really struggling to keep the puck out of their net right now. Blowing a three-goal lead to the Islanders is tough, and tough to do, really.

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