Sunday’s Three Stars: Perry tricks Jackets; more Datsyuk magic in OT

Greg Wyshynski

No. 1 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks won by three goals, and Corey Perry had a hat trick. Coincidence!? Probably, since Anaheim was playing the moribund Columbus Blue Jackets, but Perry's fourth career three-goal game was a catalyst in their 7-4 win. He scored the Ducks' second goal of the game, a key power-play goal in the second period to re-establish a three-goal lead and then an empty netter to ice it.

No. 2 Star: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings

He was kept in check by the Chicago Blackhawks all game, but Datsyuk sprung loose when it counted: At 3:08 of overtime, when he shook a Patrick Kane check, collected a rebound and then sent home the winning goal from a tough angle for his 13th of the season. Detroit won in OT, 3-2.

No. 3 Star: Filip Kuba, Ottawa Senators

Kuba's blast through a Daniel Alfredsson screen gave the Ottawa Senators the lead with 1:11 left in their game with the Philadelphia Flyers, eventually winning, 6-4. He finished the night at a plus-4.

Honorable mention: Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist and finished at a plus-5 for the Sens. Daniel Alfredsson, Nick Foligno and Chris Neil also had a goal and an assist. … Teemu Selanne had two goals in the Ducks' win, while Saku Koivu had a goal and two assists. … Iiro Tarkki, an undrafted rookie from Finland, won his first NHL game in relief of Jonas Hiller, who left with an undisclosed lower body injury. … Rick Nash scored two goals for the Jackets. … Ty Conklin denied a penalty shot taken by Jimmy Hayes in the third period. It was the second straight game Detroit faced one. "Yeah, it's funny, now every game we have penalty shot," said Datsyuk. ... Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist. Patrick Sharp scored goal No. 20. … Matt Read had a goal and an assist for the Flyers. … Save of the night right here from Craig Anderson on Brayden Schenn:

Did you know? Blackhawks D Sean O'Donnell played in his 1,200th NHL game.

Fight of the Night: This was a thorough beatdown by Jared Boll on Sheldon Brookbank:


Dishonorable mention: Among the significant injuries on Sunday night were Hiller, Patrick Sharp (undisclosed but sounding ominous) and Jeff Carter (separated shoulder on a Francois Beuchamin hit at center ice). … Matt Carle was a minus-4 for the Flyers. … Replays on NBC showed the Red Wings got away with a too many men on the ice violation just before they scored the game-winning goal. But the game had its share of missed calls overall. ... Another first period meltdown from Steve Mason, who gave up four goals on 16 shots, including one 2:14 into the game. … The Blue Jackets got into it with some Ducks fans behind the penalty box.

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