No. 1 Star: Dustin Jeffrey, Pittsburgh Penguins
The Montreal Canadiens jumped out to a 3-1 lead in this game, but they couldn't stop the Penguins' dominant centre. No, not Evgeni Malkin -- Dustin Jeffrey, who scored twice and added an assist to keep the Penguins in the game. Speaking of Malkin though, he eventually went into beast mode and scored the game-tying goal.
Rawr! Beast mode! While in beast mode, Malkin also took a moment to score the shootout winner as the Penguins eked out a 5-4 comeback win.
No. 2 Star: Jussi Jokinen, Carolina Hurricanes
On Tuesday, the Capitals had a chance to take over top spot in the Southeast and they put in a poor performance, falling 3-0 to the New York Islanders. Friday, they had the same opportunity: they did the same thing by the same 3-0 score. Not ideal. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes were led by Jokinen, who scored shorthanded in the first and on the powerplay in the second.
No. 3 Star: Teddy Purcell, Tampa Bay Lightning
Purcell scored the opening goal in this game with only a minute to go in the first period versus the Dallas Stars, and after a scoreless second, it began to look like the goal might stand as the game-winner. However, once Tom Wandell tied the game 1:22 into the third, Purcell turned it on again. He reclaimed his game-winner only two minutes later as the Bolts topped the Stars 2-1.
Honourable Mention: The Penguins clearly have no interest in easing Kris Letang back into the lineup. "The Tang" played over 28 minutes Friday... Erik Cole and Andrei Kostitsyn picked up a goal and an assist in the Canadiens loss... Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist in the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers... Cam Ward picked up the shutout for the Hurricanes. Jiri Tlusty's last-minute goal was a great individual effort:A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
Did You Know? Despite shutting out the Capitals, the Hurricanes indicated that they'd be sellers at the deadline, trading Alexei Ponikarovsky to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for minor-league defenseman Joe Sova and a fourth round pick.
Dishonourable Mention: The Capitals earn a mention here with their 22-shot performance in Carolina. You'd think they might have wanted to win that one... P.K. Subban's slewfoot on Chris Kunitz was pretty dishonourable.