Puck Daddy - NHL

No. 1 Star: Chris Stewart(notes), St. Louis Blues

The Blues power forward scored the game-tying goal in the third period and then beat the Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime on a great individual effort (video). The Blues won, 4-3, despite being down 3-0 to the Jackets.

No. 2 Star: Lubomir Visnovsky(notes), Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks defenseman had a 3-point first period, assisting on Corey Perry's(notes) goal and scoring two of his own in a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers. Visnovsky, who was a plus-5, became the first Ducks defenseman to score five goals in a 3-game span. Bobby Ryan(notes) had a 4-point night (1 goal, 3 assists) and Perry had 2 goals and an assist. Dan Ellis(notes) made 30 saves, a few of them spectacular.

No. 3 Star: Alex Ovechkin(notes), Washington Capitals

Ovechkin opened the scoring with a power-play goal, assisted on Eric Fehr's(notes) second-period goal and then scored his 27th in the third period during the Washington Capitals' 5-0 rout of the Edmonton Oilers. Ovechkin passed the 600-point threshold and moved into third place on the team's career points ranking. Braden Holtby(notes) had his first career shutout.

Honorable mention: Jonathan Quick(notes) made 29 saves and the Los Angeles Kings got second period goals by Anze Kopitar(notes) and Dustin Brown(notes) in a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The Kings are 10-3-1 in their last 14 games; the Wings have lost four straight. ... Tim Stapleton(notes) scored on a 2-on-1 in overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 3-2 win at the Carolina Hurricanes. Big night for Ondrej Pavelec(notes) with 35 saves, including 24 in the final two periods. ... Martin St. Louis's controversial shootout goal was the difference in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Steven Stamkos(notes) scored goal No. 42, while Patrick Sharp(notes) scored his 34th. Jonathan Toews(notes) had a goal and two helpers. ...  Ian Cole scored his first NHL goal for the Blues. ... The Calgary Flames scored three first-period goals. The Dallas Stars scored one in each period, including Tomas Vincour's(notes) first NHL goal to tie it in the third. Alex Tanguay(notes) and Curtis Glencross(notes) scored in the shootout to give the Flames a 4-3 win ... but as Ralph Strangis said, this Mike Ribeiro(notes) shootout tally for the Stars was just filthy:

Did you know? The game was the Blue Jackets' 400th at Nationwide Arena. They are 192-154-54. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Sam Gagner's(notes) hand was sliced open by an errant skate for the Oilers. As he said to the Edmonton Journal: "I had a drink of water, my glove was off and a skate came up and clipped me ... somebody hopping on and off. I don't know who it was." ... Brian Bickell, Mattias Ohlund(notes), Eric Brewer(notes), Marc Staal(notes) and Dan Girardi(notes) were all minus-3. ... Ryan Callahan(notes) and Brandon Dubinsky(notes) were minus-4. ... Finally, Pavel Kubina(notes) will be hearing from the NHL after elbowing Dave Bolland(notes), who left the game after 4:51 of ice time. Here's a small, dirty, off-the-TV video of the hit.

Related Articles

Puck Daddy

Add to My Yahoo RSS

Related Photo Gallery

Y! Sports Blog