NHL Three Stars: Greiss, Price shutouts nice, Hartnell goals put Wings on ice

Chad Ruhwedel uses the photographer hole to balance himself while battling for a puck.

No. 1 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Ovechkin scored his 37th and 38 goals of the season in the Capitals' 5-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres, but he didn't stop there. The Capitals' captain also contributed two assists, one of which came on Mike Green's overtime winner:

No. 2 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

After being pulled in 2 of his last 3, Price made 36 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Canadiens ended their four-game losing streak, topping the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0.

No. 3 Star: Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia Flyers

Freed of the fear that his foot might be broken, Hartnell played with an extra glide in his stride, scoring twice and adding an assist in the Flyers' 5-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Steve Mason made 33 saves for the shutout.

Honorable mention: Thomas Greiss made 30 saves for the shutout as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Los Angeles Kings, who just can't seem to score right now, 3-0. On the bright side, Drew Doughty hit Oliver Ekman-Larsson really hard:

... The St. Louis Blues avenged the lopsided loss the New Jersey Devils handed them the last time the two teams met, beating New Jersey 3-0 this time around. Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves for the shutout... Mike Fisher's early third-period goal was the difference in a 4-3 Nashville Predators win over the Winnipeg Jets... Mikael Backlund scored twice and T.J. Brodie scored the OT winner as the Calgary Flames beat th eChicago Blackhawks, 5-4... Zach Parise had a three-point night in the Minnesota Wild's 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, just as I predicted... Milan Lucic scored twice as the Boston Bruins routed the Florida Panthers, 6-2... Nazem Kadri contributed two goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2. His second goal was gorgeous:

... Stephane da Costa also scored twice, leading the Ottawa Senators over the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2...

Did you know? Shane Doan registered his 500th career assist for the Coyotes.

Dishonorable mention: The Chicago Blackhawks have now lost five straight... The Blue Jackets have now lost three straight after that historic winning streak... the Red Wings looked terrible, and were outdone on this night only by the Florida Panthers, who probably should have tried a little harder to make Thomas's return to Boston special. Seriously, how do you let Shawn Thornton do this to you?

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