No. 1 Star: Matt Read, Philadelphia Flyers
Read scored one in each period for his first NHL hat trick as the Flyers routed the Florida Panthers 7-1.
Tye McGinn, who scored his first NHL goal, Luke Schenn and Ruslan Fedotenko each notched a goal and added an assist. Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves and had an assist of his own.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, the Rangers rallied back scoring five straight to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2. Gaborik scored twice, including the go-ahead goal 12:57 into the third period, and added two assists. Marc Staal scored the tying goal five minutes earlier and would assist on Gaborik's first tally.
No. 3 Star: David Perron, St. Louis Blues
Down a goal in the second period Perron took over scoring twice en route to a 4-3 win for the Blues over the Dallas Stars. St. Louis scored three times in the final 10 minutes of the second period, with Perron getting things going with a great individual effort:
Wade Redden opened the scoring in the first period with his first NHL goal since March 18, 2010.
Honorable Mention: Patrick Kane would chip in two assists, including setting up Jonathan Toews' go-ahead goal 6:35 into the third period as the Chicago Blackhawks got by the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. The win ties Chicago's best start at in franchise history at 5-0-0, set in 1971-72 ... Lee Stempniak chipped in three points and Jay Bouwmeester added two as the Calgary Flames won the latest edition of the "Battle of Alberta" 4-3 over the Edmonton Oilers. ... Patrick Marleau was at it again scoring two power play goals in the first period of the San Jose Sharks' 4-0 shutout of the Colorado Avalanche. Thomas Greiss posted his first career shutout with 24 saves. San Jose now has 10 power play goals through their first four games. Rookie Matt Irwin scored his first NHL goal with 2:55 left in the game ... Corey Perry scored the only goal of the shootout and Nashville couldn't score on any of their three chances in the skills competition as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Predators 3-2. Rookie netminder earned his first NHL win with 19 saves. Daniel Winnik set a Ducks franchise record with his fifth goal in the team's first four games. ... Three goals in the second period, including a pair from Anze Kopitar helped the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, their first of the season. Jake Muzzin scored his first NHL goal. Jon Quick made 31 saves. Late in the third, Shane Doan and Mike Richards decided to drop the mitts:
Did You Know? "Marleau has scored exactly two goals in each game this season, joining Ottawa's Cy Denneny in 1917-18 as the only players to open a campaign with four multigoal games." (Elias Sports Bureau)
Dishonorable Mention: The Avalanche lost in San Jose for the seventh straight time ... Jose Theodore was pulled after the first period after allowing three goals on nine shots. Florida lost their fourth straight and have been outscored 18-2 over that stretch ... Brad Stuart laid a big hit on Gabriel Landeskog that resulted in Ryan O'Byrne earning 19 penalty minutes for answering the bell. Was the hit worthy of supplemental discipline? ... Finally, the Blue Jackets thought they had tied the game on the power play midway through the second, but the goal was somehow called off:
Nick Foligno said during an intermission interview that the referee told him he had bumped Corey Crawford and wasn't able to get set again. Huh.
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