October 09, 2010
No. 1 Star: Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars
With the scored tied 3-3 in a hectic overtime road game against the New Jersey Devils, Eriksson went down ice on an odd-man rush and blasted a perfectly-placed shot through Martin Brodeur(notes) (24 saves) to give Dallas a 4-3 victory. It was his second goal of the night.
No. 2 Star: Evander Kane, Atlanta Thrashers
While Chris Mason(notes) (29 saves) deserves a special mention for his emergency goaltending in the wake of Ondrej Pavelec's scary collapse in the first period, Kane gets our second star for a 2-goal performance that included seven shots and this penalty shot goal against Michal Neuvirth(notes) of the Washington Capitals. The Thrashers won the difficult game, 4-2.
Pavel Datsyuk scoring a goal isn't news. Pavel Datsyuk picking up an assist isn't news. But Pavel Datsyuk fighting Corey Perry(notes) -- hell, fighting anyone -- to complete the Gordie Howe Hat Trick makes him our third star. He held his own with Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks, whom the Red Wings shut out, 4-0. But kiss that Lady Byng goodbye ...
Honorable Mention: Mike Modano(notes) scored his first goal as a Red Wing while Jimmy Howard(notes) had the 21-save shutout for the Wings. ... Logan Couture had the game-winning power-play goal in the third period and Antti Niemi(notes) stopped 30 shots as the San Jose Sharks opened with a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Stockholm. Ryane Clowe(notes) and Joe Pavelski(notes) had two assists each. ... Cam Ward(notes) stopped 41 shots and was perfect in the shootout as the Carolina Hurricanes moved to 2-0 on the season with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Jeff Skinner(notes) had the lone goal in the skills competition. Niklas Backstrom(notes) had 36 stops for the Wild. ... Derek Roy(notes) scored at even strength and on the power play, assisted both times by Tyler Ennis(notes), as the Buffalo Sabres used a 25-save performance from Ryan Miller(notes) to ruin the Ottawa Senators' home opener, 2-1.
Did You Know? "Dr. Don Chow, Ottawa's team physician, attended the game six weeks after he was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. Chow stood and waved to the crowd to acknowledge their cheers when he was introduced during the first period." (AP)
Dishonorable Mention: As Senators Coach Cory Clouston said, Ottawa "gave away the second period" in getting outshot 16-3 on home ice. They were also 0-for-5 on the power play. ... Columbus was 1-for-7 on the power play. ... Henrik Tallinder(notes) was a minus-2 for the Devils, who blew two leads in their loss, including a 2-0 advantage given to them by the Parise/Zajac/Kovalchuk line. ... Matt Beleskey(notes) was a minus-3 for the Ducks. ... Finally, Andy Sutton(notes) proved to be an expert on breaking his own thumb in a skirmish with Ruslan Salei(notes) of the Wings, which is a big blow to the Anaheim defense.