NHL Three Stars: Niemi blanks Predators; Crosby continues goal scoring ways

NHL Three Stars: Niemi blanks Predators; Crosby continues goal scoring ways

No. 1. Star: Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks

San Jose’s netminder stopped 35 of 35 Nashville shots on goal in a 2-0 win. The Sharks now have 76 points in 68 games played, just three back of the Calgary Flames for the last playoff spot in the Pacific Division. 

No. 2 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh captain scored a goal and added two assists for the Pens in their 6-4 vanquishing of the Edmonton Oilers. That’s now six points for Crosby in his last four games, including three goals.

No. 3 Star: Sergei Bobrovksy, Columbus Blue Jackets

Stopped 41 of 42 Detroit shots on goal in a 3-1 victory over the Red Wings. The Blue Jackets have the 25th best record in the NHL with 62 points. Bob hasn't been that stellar either this season with a 2.79 goals against average and .915 save percentage

Honorable Mention: Blues goaltender Brian Elliott stopped 28 of 28 Philadelphia shots on goal in a 1-0 shootout win over the Flyers … Philly’s Steve Mason stopped 35 of 35 shots on goal, but couldn’t stop T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko in the breakaway contest … Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr each notched two assists in a 4-2 win over Winnipeg … Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovksy stopped 41 of 42 Detroit shots on goal in a 3-1 Blue Jackets win … Columbus forward Scott Hartnell scored the game-winner … Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson scored two goals and added an assist in a 5-2 win over Montreal … Sens goaltender Andrew Hammond improved to 8-0-1 with 27 saves on 29 shots on goal. He is the third goalie in the last 25 years to earn at least a point in his first nine NHL starts … Dallas forward Patrick Eaves scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-3 win over the Hurricanes … Stars forward Cody Eakin and defenseman Alex Goligoski also scored a goal and added an assist for Dallas … Penguins forwards David Perron and Patric Hornqvist each scored a goal and added an assist … Edmonton’s Derek Roy scored a goal and added an assist … Boston’s Tuukka Rask stopped 35 of 37 Tampa shots on goal in a 3-2 shootout win over the Lighting … Bruins forward David Pastrnak scored a goal … Tampa’s Steven Stamkos fired his 37th goal before his stick-throwing incident … New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider stopped 28 of 29 Colorado shots on goal in a 2-1 shootout loss … Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 of 24 New Jersey shots on goal … Colorado’s Jarome Iginla scored his 582nd goal of his career … Kings forward Justin Williams scored a goal and added an assist in a 4-0 Kings drubbing of Vancouver … Los Angeles forward Tyler Toffoli scored a goal … Chicago’s Brad Richards scored the game winner against Arizona … Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith stopped 42 of 44 Blackhawks shots on goal, in spite of picking up his 33rd loss of the season … Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 19 of 19 Vancouver shots on goal in the shutout.

Did You Know?: The Blues’ win was Ken Hitchcock’s 700th of his NHL career.

Dishonorable Mention: Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson allowed three goals on 19 Florida shots on goal … Montreal defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was a minus-3 … Carolina defenseman Ryan Murphy was a minus-3 as were forwards Riley Nash and Elias Lindholm … Edmonton’s Justin Schultz was a minus-3 … Vancouver forwards Zack Kassian and Henrik Sedin and defenseman Dan Hamhuis were each a minus-3. The Nashville Predators have lost seven of their last eight games.