NHL Three Stars: Anderson, Nabokov post shutouts; Thornton’s trio of helpers

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No. 1 Star: Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators

The Senators netminder has struggled this season, but his 27-save performance during a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins gave him his second shutout of the year. Ottawa received goals from five different players, including Erik Karlsson, who finished with a three-point night and a sweet goal:

No. 2 Star: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks

The final 1:51 of the game saw three goals, including two by the Colorado Avalanche in 12 seconds, but in the end, it was the Sharks who prevailed 5-4 after a shootout. Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored in the skills competition to give San Jose the win, while Captain Thornton assisted on three goals and has eight points in his last six games. Brent Burns also recorded three points in the win.

No. 3 Star: Evgeni Nabokov, New York Islanders

Behind 23 saves from Nabokov, the Islanders blanked the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 and took the season series 2-1. Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner and Casey Cizikas scored 5:58 apart in the first period. The shutout was Nabokov's 56th of his career.

Honorable mention: Ryan Johansen and Jack Skille scored 1:28 apart late in the third period to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Mike McKenna made 30 saves to earn his first NHL win since the 2008-09 season ... Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots and Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored in the shootout to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jonathan Bernier made 42 saves in a losing effort ... After falling behind 2-0 midway through the first period, the Anaheim Ducks roared back scoring three unanswered to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2. Hampus Lindholm broke the 2-2 tie with 5:36 left in the third period to give the Ducks their ninth win in a row ... Mark Pysyk's overtime goal came in the craziest of circumstances and gave the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. Really, go see how crazy the goal was ... Two goals from Patrick Sharp and only 10 saves from Antti Raanta was enough for the Chicago Blackhawks to dispose of the New Jersey Devils 5-2. Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 12 games ... Three points from Jamie Benn and 30 saves from Kari Lehtonen helped the Dallas Stars beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-2. The win was Lehtonen's NHL-leading 12th on the road. Tyler Seguin recorded a goal and an assist and has 21 points in his last 18 games ... Like he did to Jack Johnson once before, Tommy Lasorda snubbed Jamie Benn, who earned a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, during the ceremonial pre-game face-off:

Wayne Simmonds had a three-point night and Steve Mason made 26 stops as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the Minnesota Wild 4-1. The win was Philadelphia's ninth straight at Wells Fargo Center. Scott Hartnell recorded his 500th NHL point with a first period assist ... The Calgary Flames overcame a 3-1 third period deficit to force a shootout and eventually beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 Mark Giordano's power play goal with 5 seconds in regulation forced overtime and Joe Colborne scored the only goal in the shootout to secure the extra point ... Three goals in the first period and three in the third period powered the Boston Bruins to a 6-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Two goals from Jarome Iginala and three-point nights from Reilly Smith, Carl Soderberg and Ryan Spooner helped give Claude Julien his 400th NHL head coaching win ... After falling behind 1-0 late in the first period to the Florida Panthers, the Tampa Bay Lightning scored six straight en route to a 6-1 victory. Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists, J.T. Brown chipped in a pair himself and three other players had multi-point nights as Tampa Bay won their fifth in a row ... A goal and two assists from Taylor Hall and and two points apiece from David Perron, Nail Yakupov and Jordan Eberle paced the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

Did You Know? No hockey until Friday. Merry Christmas!

Dishonorable mention: Pittsburgh went 0-for-7 on the power play ... Pascal Dupuis left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury after being collateral damage from this Marc Methot hip check on Sidney Crosby:

Jonathan Ericsson was forced from the game for the Red Wings with an upper-body injury ... Was this tying goal by Nazem Kadri a failed "intent to blow" by the officials?

Will David Backes see supplemental discipline for this knee-on-knee hit on Matt Stajan?

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