Mon Nov 15 01:12am EST
Backstrom was lights-out when the Wild needed him in their 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He made 37 saves overall, including 15 in the first and 13 in the third period. Said John Madden(notes) of the Wild, who had one of the goals: "I don't think there's another team in the league getting the goaltending we're getting."
Gaborik's hat trick was the most notable offensive achievement in a game full of them, as the Rangers routed the Edmonton Oilers, 8-2. He opened the scoring, tied the game in the second period at 2-2 and assisted on Alex Frolov's late second-period goal before closing out the scoring in the third with a goal. Frolov also had a 4-point day with 2 goals and 2 assists.
No. 3 Star: Viktor Stalberg, Chicago Blackhawks
Credit Duncan Keith(notes) with a great shot/pass to set him up, but it was Stalberg's sixth goal of the season that gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks in overtime. The loss ended a six-game win stream for Anaheim. Patrick Kane(notes) and Marian Hossa(notes) had the other Chicago goals; Corey Perry(notes) scored twice for the Ducks.
Honorable mention: John Erskine(notes) had a
fight-of-the-year candidate brawl with Eric Boulton(notes) and scored what would be
the game-winning goal in the Washington Capitals' 6-4 victory over
the Atlanta Thrashers. Alex Ovechkin(notes) scored his 10th and Alex Semin scored his
13th for the Capitals; Bryan Little(notes) had two goals for the Thrashers. ... Brian
Boyle(notes) scored his eighth of the season for the Rangers. ... Cal Clutterbuck(notes), Antti
Miettinen(notes) and Eric Nystrom(notes) had the other Wild goals, while Martin St. Louis(notes)
scored his seventh for Tampa.
Did you know? The Capitals are 9-0-0 when Semin scores. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Whether it was a sucker punch or not, Sean Avery(notes) helped spark a sizable brawl in the Rangers game that had the Oilers claiming he broke The Code. ... Jason Strudwick(notes) was a putrid minus-5 for the Oilers; Andrew Cogliano(notes), Tom Gilbert(notes) and Dustin Penner(notes) were all a minus-4. ... Nik Antropov(notes), Ben Eager(notes) and Jim Slater(notes) were all a minus-3 for the Thrashers. ... Chris Mason(notes) was pulled for Atlanta after giving up four goals on 16 shots.