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NHL Three Stars: Skinner, Hall tally tricks; Leafs win in OT

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No. 1 Star: Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes

Skinner tallied a hat trick for the Hurricanes in their 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators, giving him five goals in his last two games. Justin Faulk also had three points.

No. 2 Star: Jonathan Bernier, Toronto Maple Leafs

Trevor Smith’s tip of a Jake Gardiner shot in front of the Dallas Stars’ goal gave the Leafs a 3-2 victory, despite being outshot 50-24. So the star goes to Bernier for his 48-save performance which ended an 0-3-2 skid for Toronto. Here’s the game-winner; Nazem Kadri had two goals in the win:

No. 3 Star: Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall had a hat trick and an assist in the Edmonton Oilers’ 8-2 rout of the Colorado Avalanche. Ryan Smyth had three assists, while Mark Arcobello, David Perron and Ales Hemsky had two-point nights.

Honorable mention: Marco Scandella’s first goal of the season with 1:48 left in regulation broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Minnesota Wild a big 4-3 division win over the rival Chicago Blackhawks. Zach Parise and Marian Hossa scored their 12th goals in the game. … Rick Nash and Brad Richards had a goal and an assist in the New York Rangers3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. … Best team in hockey, eh? After Dan Bylsma put over the San Jose Sharks, his Pittsburgh Penguins defeated them, 5-1. Chris Kunitz had two goals, Sidney Crosby had three assists and Marc-Andre Fleury made 43 saves. … Carey Price made 32 saves and second-period goals by Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty were the difference in the Montreal Canadiens2-1 win over the Boston Bruins. … Ben Bishop made 33 saves against his former team and Marty St. Louis scored two goals in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. … Dylan Olsen’s first NHL goal was one of five for the Florida Panthers in their 5-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. … Derek Roy, David Backes, Brendan Morrow, Magnus Paajarvi and Jay Bouwmeester had the goals and Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves in the St. Louis Blues’ 5-1 win over the New York Islanders.

Did You Know? The Islanders have lost eight straight overall (0-6-2) and eight in a row on the road. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Semyon Varlamov gave up all eight goals to the Oil. Nate Guenin was a minus-4. … Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook were both minus-2 with a minor penalty. … Antti Niemi was pulled for the Sharks after giving up four goals. … Dustin Byfuglien was a minus-4, Andrew Ladd was a minus-3 as was Tobias Enstrom. … Nasty injury to Johnny Boychuk on a Max Pacioretty hit. After going to the hospital, he was later cleared to fly back to Boston with the Bruins.

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