No. 1 Star: Kevin Bieksa, Vancouver Canucks
This good Ontario boy had two goals on five shots for the Canucks in their 5-4 (OT) victory over Phoenix. Bieksa started the scoring for Vancouver in the first. The Canucks lead a majority of the game; however, Phoenix's Antoine Vermette's natural hat-trick kept the 'Yotes in the game. Shane Doan's late third period goal sent the game into overtime. With only 2:15 left in OT, Bieksa tallied the game winner off of his own rebound while flying through the air.
No. 2 Star: Al Montoya, Winnipeg Jets
Based on his name and the many Law & Order episodes I've watched, I would have guessed Jets' goalie Al Montoya was from Jersey or Staten Island; turns out he's from Chicago. Tonight was his first win in his hometown and it came against the Stanley Cup champs. Montoya stopped 34 of 35 shots - a majority of which (18) came in the first - for Winnipeg's 3-1 win over the 'Hawks.
No. 3 Star: Brad Boyes, Florida Panthers
Detroit was in control in this game until less than three minutes to go. The Red Wings had two two-goal leads in the game and the Panthers kept clawing their way back into it. The score was 4-3 when Florida's Marcel Goc took a roughing penalty putting the Panthers down a man in the final five minutes. The game looked to be over until a short-handed Brad Boyes flew past Detroit's Gustav Nyquist and hit the game tying goal; eventually leading to a Florida 5-4 (SO) win.
Honorable mention: Edmonton Oilers goalie "The Professor" Ben Scrivens earned his first win as an Oiler Sunday night, stopping 35 shots from Nashville. The Oil's 5-1 win snaps a six-game losing streak ... Today's Stadium Series game at Yankee Stadium between the Devils and Rangers was fun for Rangers fans. They lit up the Devils 7-3 with scoring help from 12 different Rangers. Mats Zucarello's two goals tied, and eventually, became the game winner for New York ... Zbynek Michalek blocked 11 shots for Phoenix ... So far without Torts behind the bench, Vancouver is 2-1-0.
Did you know? Winnipeg out-hit Chicago 53-17. Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien, Devin Setoguchi, and Blake Wheeler combined for 29 hits alone.
Dishonorable mention: Some people made big deal about Martin Brodeur getting the Yankee Stadium start over Cory Schneider. It ended up not really mattering. After giving up six goals on 21 shots, Brodeur was replaced by Schneider to start the third period ...