NHL Blog: Puck Daddy
No. 1 Star: Kyle Palmieri, Anaheim Ducks
Kyle Palmieri had about 100 friends and family in the stands at The Rock in New Jersey. The Smithtown, New York native had a two point night for the Ducks with an assist on the game-tying goal, and scored the game winning goal in overtime. Palmieri went NHL94 on the Devils with the wrap-around deflection.
No. 2 Star: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
At 28 years-old, Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin has become the sixth fastest player to reach the 400 goal plateau. While the goal itself may not have been fantastic - it was an empty netter - the accomplishment is.
Ovi continues to lead the league in goals with 29. He's at nearly a goal-a-game pace and could end up with close to 80 goals at the end of the season should this trend continue.
No. 3 Star: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
Backstrom assisted on all four Capitals goals in Washington's 4-2 win over Carolina. He leads the league in assists with 33 and is third overall in points at 41.
Honorable mention: The last time Michael Grabner scored a goal was on opening night in October; he potted two goals tonight, one shorty and one empty-net in Isles 5-3 win over Rangers ... The Ducks trio of Palmieri, Mathieu Perreault and Teemu Selanne combined for six points in the Ducks 4-3 win ... Philipp Grubauer stopped 39 of 41 shots for Washington ... Evander Kane had a goal, an assist, four shots, six hits, eight penalty minutes and was a plus-2 for the Jets ... Chicago carried a 2-1 lead until midway through the third when Vancouver's Daniel Sedin tied the game, sent it into overtime and won in the shoot-out ... How the hell did Eddie Lack stop this shoot-out goal from Patrick Kane? (Read Kaner's lips after attempt.)
Did You Know? Patrick Kane is 0-for-8 in shoot-out attempts this season.
Dishonorable mention: Henrik Lundqvist stopped only 15 of 19 shots ... New Jersey's Damien Bruner had to be helped off the ice by teammates after bending his leg awkwardly while receiving a check. Bruner went directly to the locker room and did not return ... The brothers Staal combined for seven giveaways ... The Jets and Panthers combined for 28 penalty minutes on 11 different calls in the first period ... Florida snaps five-game win streak with 5-2 loss to Winnipeg. Vancouver and Chicago shoot-out went eight rounds with Ryan Kesler finally ending it.
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