No. 1 Star: Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars
On a night where the Stars extended their winning streak to three games, their star players contributed in big ways. Led by Eriksson's two power play goals and four-point night, Dallas doubled up the Phoenix Coyotes 6-3. Brad Richards(notes) scored twice and Mike Ribeiro(notes) added three assists. Brenden Morrow(notes) chipped in his 200th career NHL goal in the win. The Stars powerplay was on fire tonight cashing in on four of their six opportunities. Eriksson now has 10 points in his past five games.
No. 2 Star: Benoit Pouliot, Montreal Canadiens
Missing Tomas Plekanec(notes), the Canadiens received big nights from Pouliot who scored twice and Jeff Halpern(notes) who contributed three points ina 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. After Jordan Leopold's(notes) goal put Buffalo up 2-1 midway through the second period, Pouliot scored his first of the night 46 seconds later and added the eventual game winner eight minutes later. Carey Price(notes) made 29 saves in the victory as the Sabres dropped to 0-6-1 at HSBC Arena, the first time since the 1993-94 season they've been winless through the first seven games at home.
Continuing to pile on the New Jersey Devils' miserable season, the Rangers blanked them 3-0 behind 33 saves from Lundqvist. It was the Swede's second shutout of the season and second in his past four starts. Brandon Dubinsky(notes) scored twice as the Rangers moved within three points of first place in the Eastern Conference.
Honorable mention: One bright side for the Devils? They dominated in the face-off circle, winning 41 of 59 draws ... Braden Holtby(notes) made his first NHL appearance relieving Michal Neuvirth(notes) in the third period and stopped all four Boston shots he faced for his first win as Washington beat the Bruins 5-3 ... Capitals defenseman Tyler Sloan(notes) scored his first goal since last November 6th ... Shawn Thornton(notes) of the Bruins played in his 300th NHL game ... Stephen Weiss'(notes) two goals highlighted a wild 7-3 Florida win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Panthers posted 50 shots on Cam Ward(notes), giving them 105 in their past two games ... Bryan Allen(notes) recorded three assists for his second multi-point game in four seasons ... Niklas Backstrom(notes) stopped 33 Calgary shots and Martin Havlat(notes) opened his scoring account as Minnesota edged the Flames 2-1. Matt Cullen(notes) added his 300th career NHL assist ... Anaheim got goals from Bobby Ryan(notes), Ryan Getzlaf(notes) and Saku Koivu(notes) to take a 3-0 second period lead over Pittsburgh and would hang on for a 3-2 win. Jonas Hiller(notes) stopped 30 shots, allowing both goals to Sidney Crosby(notes) ... Jimmy Howard(notes) made 29 saves and Danny Cleary(notes) had a goal and an assist as Detroit got by Edmonton 3-1. Taylor Hall(notes) scored his third goal of the season for the Oilers in the loss ... Nikolai Khabibulin(notes) gets "save of the night" honors with this fingertip denial:
Did you know? Martin Havlat's goal was his first since March 29th of last season.
Dishonorable mention: Tim Thomas(notes) was due for a bad start and tonight was the night. Allowing three goals on 25 shots, Thomas was pulled in the second period but did not lose his perfect record ... The Hurricanes power play was lifeless going 0-for-7.