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NHL Three Stars: Vancouver hates the Pacific; Goalies shine (for most teams)

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No. 1 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

Carey Price has a strong night in net but wasn't getting a whole lot of help in front of him. The Habs were up 3-0 in the first and then Ottawa stormed back with four unanswered goals of their own. To add to his shorthanded goal scored in the first, Tomas Plekanec tied the game at 4-4. PK Subban needed only 23 seconds to score this 5-4 (OT) game winner. Kinda love how they celebrate in front of the Ottawa bench ...

No. 2 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

Since returning from his serious groin strain, Jonathan Quick is 4-1-1 with a 0.947 SV%. The only goal Quick allowed in against the Blues was a pretty penalty shot wrister from TJ Oshie. LA won the game 4-1 with the help of two goals from Trevor Lewis.

No. 3 Star: Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings

Yes, he didn't get the win; however, he faced 48 shots from the Rangers and only allowed in ONE GOAL. For the game, he had a 0.979 SV%. Henrik Lundqvist earned the 1-0 shut out for New York stopping 10 less shots than Howard (38). For those outraged King Henrik wasn't the first star, it's because he was pretty much facing the AHL version of the Red Wings due to a bunch of injuries.

Honorable mention: Watch that Carter Hutton save again. Hutton and his Predator teammates were on track to win the game in regulation when Wayne Simmons capped off his three-point night with the tying goal at 18:36. It took seven (7!) rounds of the shoot-out before Roman Josi finally won the 3-2 (SO) game for the Preds ... Islanders' goaltender Kevin Poulin stopped all three Tampa Bay shooters in the shoot-out to take the 2-1 (SO) victory; the Islanders are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games ... Congrats to San Jose back-up netminder Alex Stalock on earning his first NHL shut out 3-0 against the Florida Panthers ... Jason Pominville provided the opening goal and an assist on what would be the game winning goal in Minny's 4-1 roughing up of Ben Scrivens, new Edmonton goalie ... The Avalanche were victorious 2-1 (SO) against New Jersey thanks to two big plays in the shoot-out. First, Matt Duchene's fake-out move at high speed was perfection ...

Then Semyon Varlamov countered with an unreal toe-save on Patrik Elias ...

... Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci each had a goal and an assist to push Boston by Dallas 4-2 ... Start planning the parade because Paul Maurice is the best coach of all time (sarcasm font). Maurice won his second-straight game as the Jets bench boss by beating the Calgary Flames 5-2 ... The Phoenix Coyotes made the Vancouver Canucks hate being in the Pacific Division even more by handing the 'Nucks their third straight loss. Mike Smith earned the 1-0 shut out by making all 29 saves, including 10 shots from seven Vancouver power plays.

Did you know? It was a busy night in the NHL situation room. There were four video reviews, three of which came from the Dallas vs. Boston game.

Dishonorable mention: Nail Yakupov left the game against Minnesota with a head injury - confirmed by Oilers - after being hit by Matt Cooke; no penalty was called on the play. Some are calling foul; I think it's clean. You can be the judge (scrub to 26 second mark) ...


... Remember how Carter Hutton had that amazing save on a bonehead play? Jaroslav Halak wasn't so lucky'. It turned into a Trevor Lewis short-handed goal ...

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