NHL Three Stars: Jonathan Toews tallies twice to help Sabres tank

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NHL Three Stars: Jonathan Toews tallies twice to help Sabres tank
NHL Three Stars: Jonathan Toews tallies twice to help Sabres tank

No. 1 Star: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

The Hawks captain delighted Chicago fans (and Buffalo Sabres fans cheering for a tank) as he scored two goals in 37 seconds in the third period, leading the Blackhawks to a 4-3 win. The game-winner was scored with 56 seconds left.

No. 2 Star: Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis Blues

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The Blues winger tallied a hat trick, scoring twice in the second period and then into an empty net in the third as St. Louis won a wild one vs. the Dallas Stars, 7-5.

No. 3 Star: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche

Duchene scored at 9:08 of the third period to break a 2-2 stalemate, as the Avs defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 4-2. He earlier assisted on John Mitchell’s first-period goal.

Honorable Mention: Logan Couture had a goal and an assist as the San Jose Sharks kept their faint playoff hopes alive, 3-1, over the Arizona Coyotes. … The New Jersey Devils got shootout goals from Jacob Josefson and Patrik Elias in their 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Keith Kincaid made 33 saves. … Marcus Foligno scored twice for the Sabres, while Rasmus Ristolainen had three assists. … Patrik Berglund scored twice. … Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist, while Tyler Seguin had a goal and two assists. … Reto Berra made 35 saves.

Did You Know? The Coyotes (23-47-8) lost for the ninth time in 11 games. They have 54 points, fewer than every other NHL team except the Buffalo Sabres, who have 52. (NHL.com)

Dishonorable Mention: Trevor Daley was a minus-FIVE (!). … Patrik Nemeth and Jason Spezza were a minus-3. … Kari Lehtonen was pulled after giving up seven goals. … David Moss had a goal waved off after review showed he knocked it in with his glove. … Scott Gomez was ejected for elbowing Alex Emelin in retaliation.

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