NHL Three Stars: Quick blanks Coyotes; bad night for Maple Leafs

NHL Three Stars: Quick blanks Coyotes; bad night for Maple Leafs

No. 1 Star:  Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

The Kings goalie pitched his second shutout in three games with a 25-save effort in a 1-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Andy Andreoff scored his first NHL goal for the Kings’ only tally. 

No. 2 Star: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals

The Caps sniper netted his eighth of the season in the third period, and then scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the Caps a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

No. 3 Star: Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers

The winger assisted on Benoit Pouliot’s first-period goal, scored one of his own and then assisted on Anton Lander’s goal in the Oilers’ 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Honorable Mention: Steven Stamkos scored two goals and an assist and Ben Bishop made 32 saves in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. …Tomas Plekanec had two points. … Benoit Pouliot had two goals. … Ben Scrivens made 28 saves.

Did You Know? Kuznetsov won the gold medal for Russia at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo and had three assists in the gold medal game against Canada, a 5-3 come from behind victory. (NHL.com)

Dishonorable Mention: Alex Ovechkin earned a double-minor for roughing vs. Mike Weber. … Max Pacioretty made a rather bad pass. … Brandon Prust had 12 minutes in penalties. … Jonathan Bernier was pulled after giving up three goals on four shots in 8:08. … Tyler Bozak earned 24 penalty minutes after an incident involving Ryan-Nugent Hopkins and the refs. … Nazem Kadri was worried he might face suspension for this hit on Mark Fraser. He was given an illegal check to the head penalty, and later left the game when Andrew Ference gave him a hard check: