NHL Three Stars: Ekman-Larsson’s OT winner; Miller, Peters shine in goal

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No. 1 Star: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Phoenix Coyotes

The defenseman blasted a shot from the point 56 seconds into overtime, giving the Phoenix Coyotes a clutch road win over the St. Louis Blues, 3-2. Ekman-Larsson led Coyotes skaters with 25:50 of ice time, and also assisted on David Moss’s first-period goal.

No. 2 Star: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

In a battle of potential Team USA starting goalies, Miller was outstanding. He stopped 43 shots from the Los Angeles Kings, including two more in the shootout, as the Sabres upset Jonathan Quick and the Kings, 3-2.

No. 3 Star: Justin Peters, Carolina Hurricanes

Peters made 33 saves, some of them spectacular, as the Canes upset the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1. Colorado attempted 72 shots, but thanks to Peters, could only produce one goal. Jordan Staal and Pat Dwyer had the Hurricanes’ goals.

Honorable mention: Dainius Zubrus had the game-winner at 17:06 of the third and Ryan Carter scored twice as the New Jersey Devils topped the New York Rangers, 3-2. … Tim Thomas made 32 saves, including a huge stop on Emerson Etem late, as the Panthers pulled the upset and defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2, rallying from a 2-0 deficit. Anaheim had won five in a row; the Panthers had lost nine straight. … The New York Islanders took it to the Nashville Predators, scoring two first-period goals and never looking back in a 3-1 win. John Tavares scored his eighth. … Alex Ovechkin scored an overtime goal on a great feed from Marcus Johansson, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3. … The Winnipeg Jets received shootout goals from Devin Setoguchi and Andrew Ladd in a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Pavel Datsyuk had two goals. Bryan Little scored goal No. 11. … Despite 44 saves from Carey Price, the Tampa Bay Lightning won their first post-Stamkos game, 2-1, over the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1 in a shootout. Danny Briere scored in his first game back from injury for the Habs. … Jakub Voracek scored twice and Steve Mason made 24 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Ottawa Senators, 5-0. … Finally, Brad Stuart scored one off the skate to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames:

Did You Know? Phoenix is 8-0-0 when leading after one period.

Dishonorable mention: The Rangers were 0-for-5 on the power play. … Jonathan Quick suffered a lower body injury in overtime, so Ben Scrivens was in goals for the shootout. … This no-goal call was a wacky one between the Bolts and the Habs.

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