Not sure what's better about Don Cherry's ensemble: The frilly, foppish neckwear or the mosquito trapped in amber on his shoulder. (via NYR34)
Stempniak's second career hat trick (in 505 career games) came at the expense of the Edmonton Oilers, as he scored a goal in each period and added an assist on a Mikael Backlund goal. The Flames defeated their rivals, 6-2. Stempniak was a plus-5 on the night. Olli Jokinen, Chris Butler and Blake Comeau were plus-4. Continuing the theme of inexplicable performances, Jay Bouwmeester had a 3-point game — his 3-point game since tallying four against the Capitals in Jan. 2006.
No. 2 Star: David Backes, St. Louis Blues
The captain had a hand in all four of the Blues' goals, as St. Louis defeated the visiting Buffalo Sabres, 4-2. Backes assisted on goals by B.J. Crombeen and David Perron in the second period to answer Mike Weber's first-period goal. He then scored twice in the third, including an empty-netter to ice it.
No. 3 Star: John Tavares, New York Islanders
Honorable mention: Big win for the Vancouver Canucks in their Western Conference showdown with the San Jose Sharks. Cody Hodgson had two goals, including the game winner to cap a wild sequence in the third in which the teams traded leads in 1:32, as the Canucks defeated the Sharks, 4-3. Logan Couture had two goals for San Jose. … The Anaheim Ducks continue to roll, moving to 7-0-1 in their last eight with a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. Jonas Hiller made 31 saves; Corey Perry and Lubomir Visnovsky had the goals. … Game of the day between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. Marian Gaborik's power-play goal with 3.6 seconds left in OT gave the Rangers a 3-2 win over the B's, as Gaborik tallied twice in the game. Andrew Ference, whose ejection gave the Rangers that power play, had a goal and an assist for the Bruins. Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves. … Scott Hartnell had two goals, Wayne Simmonds had three points and Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-1. Alexei Ponikarovsky scored in his Devils' debut. … Pretty spectacular save here from Marty Brodeur:
Valtteri Filppula scored in the shootout, and Jimmy Howard stopped Ryan Johansen to give the Detroit Red Wings their 16th-straight home win, 3-2 over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Nicklas Lidstrom's power-play goal in the third tied the game. … The Florida Panthers won a seven-round shootout against the Winnipeg Jets on a Mikael Samuelsson goal, 4-3. Kris Versteeg and Nik Antropov scored two goals each. Scott Clemmensen made 41 saves. … Raphael Diaz broke a tie in the third period and Lars Eller scored the insurance goal, as the Montreal Canadiens and Carey Price (32 saves) topped the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1. … Kevin Klein, Colin Wilson and Sergei Kostitsyn scored in the second period to power the Nashville Predators to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Marian Hossa scored two goals for Chicago. … The Tampa Bay Lightning won their third straight, 4-3 over the Phoenix Coyotes. Steven Stamkos scored goal No. 32. Dwayne Roloson made 32 saves. … Chad Rau scored his first NHL goal to break a 2-2 tie in the third period, as the Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars, 5-2. Dany Heatley had a goal and two assists. … Peter Mueller's deflection goal broke a tie, and Gabriel Landeskog's third-period power-play goal iced it in the Colorado Avalanche's 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Anze Kopitar scored No. 15 in the loss. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 25 saves.
Did you know? Wild D Marek Zidlicky was a healthy scratch for the first time since being acquired by Minnesota before the 2008-09 season. (AP)
Fight of the Night: Eric Boulton of the Devils gets the win over Jody Shelley of the Flyers in a heavyweight tussle.
Dishonorable mention: Eric Belanger and Jordan Eberle were minus-3. … Jonathan Toews left midway through the second period with an upper-body injury. He's day-to-day. … Danny Briere suffered a concussion against the Devils. Jaromir Jagr is out with a lower body injury. … Kari Lehtonen was lifted after giving up four goal on 19 shots in 39:44. ... Henrik Zetterberg earned his first game misconduct in the NHL with a hit from behind on Nikita Nikitin. … Ference has a phone hearing with the NHL for this hit on Ryan McDonagh. … Did Steve Ott's fight hurt Dallas? … Finally, oopsie No. 1, as Erik Karlsson knocks the puck into his own net:
And then the worst goal of the night, surrendered by Corey Crawford to Kevin Klein. Crawford was pulled after giving up four goals on 17 shots.