No. 1 Star: Frank Vatrano, Boston Bruins The Bruins forward opened the scoring against the Detroit Red Wings with a goal and closed it out with a tip shot followed by a memorable celebration. In between, Detroit dominated, but Vatrano led the Bruins to a 3-2 overtime win. No. 2 Star: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning Bish made 37 saves for the Lightning and only allowed one goal in the shootout as Tampa Bay defeated the Los Angles Kings, 2-1. No. 3 Star: Shane Prince, Ottawa Senators Shane Prince scored his first and second NHL goals and assisted on another, as the Ottawa Senators survived a late push from the Colorado Avalanche for the 5-3 win. Craig Anderson made 40 saves. Honorable Mention: Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves and Matt Calvert had the second-period game-winner in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. … Jack Eichel scored his seventh, but it wasn’t enough as the Nashville Predators got 30 saves out of Carter Hutton and won, 3-2. … Devante Smith-Pelly had two goals and Tomas Plekanec had three assists in the Montreal Canadiens’ 5-1 rout of the New York Rangers. Max Pacioretty scored his 12th. … Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists while Alex Ovechkin scored his 11th of the season in the Washington Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. … Cam Ward made 30 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes scored four unanswered goals in their 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. … Radim Vrbata improved his (alleged) trade value, scoring two consecutive goals and helping the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. … Kyle Okposo had the go-ahead goal and Frans Nieslen scored into an empty net for a 3-1 win over the offensively-challenged Philadelphia Flyers. … Antoine Vermette had his first two goals of the season and Max Domi had two assists as the Arizona Coyotes picked up a big divisional win, 4-2, over the Anaheim Ducks. … Evegni Malkin’s slick goal in overtime gave the Penguins a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues. He previously assisted on Sidney Crosby’s power-play goal, which was Sid’s second of the game. … Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 17 games with two assists, as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the San Jose Sharks, 5-2. Andrew Desjardins scored a key goal in the third period, 1:07 after Patrick Marleau’s tally. Did You Know? Patrick Roy pulled his goalie for a 6-on-4 power play, down three goals and with over 10 minutes left in the third – and it worked! Dishonorable Mention: Devils fans were outraged, but the refs were correct in taking a tying goal from Adam Henrique off the board after Gregory Campbell played the puck on a delayed call against Columbus. … Linus Ullmark was pulled by the Sabres after they went down 3-0. … Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash and Derick Brassard were all a minus-3. … Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was a minus-4, while Jordan Eberle was a minus-3. … Kevin Bieksa and Cam Fowler were minus-2. … Carey Price did not play in the third period for Montreal due to injury concerns. ... Semyon Varlamov was pulled after Ottawa took a 3-1 lead. … Feeling super bad for Nail Yakupov and this freak injury.
There’s a lot to love in this clip of the Boston Bruins’ overtime game-winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings in their 3-2 victory on Wednesday night. Let’s start with the call from NESN’s Jack Edwards (listen here) , who basically acknowledges that the Bruins had no business winning: “THE BRUINS, AGAINST ALL ODDS AND HOCKEY JUSTICE, TURN THE TABLES ON THE RED WINGS! THE BETTER TEAM DID NOT WIN TONIGHT, BUT THE BRUINS WILL TAKE IT AND STUFF IT IN THE TURKEY!” Like everyone else that watched the game, Edwards knew that the Red Wings absolutely dominated in possession and the Bruins needed a Colin Miller goal at 18:16 of the third to send the game to overtime. It was Miller’s shot that Frank Vatrano tipped home for the overtime game winner, and that brings us to the greatest thing about this clip: Vatrano’s hilarious goal celebration, rubbing his glove on the ice before throwing an air punch near the glass. It was great, but greater still was the reaction from referee Dan O'Halloran when that air punch landed a bit too close to him, as he forcibly shoved Vatrano away. Or, in the words of Jack Edwards (we imagine): “HE SAID TAKE THAT CELEBRATION AND STUFF IT IN THE TURKEY!” ____ Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at email@example.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK , is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY