NHL Three Stars: Huberdeau sparks Panthers; Islanders’ unlikely hero

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No. 1 Star: Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers

The Panthers rookie had a 4-point night in Florida’s 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. He assisted on two goals by Peter Mueller and scored two of his own – including that sweet penalty shot above vs. Ilya Bryzgalov.

No. 2 Star: Matt Cullen, Minnesota Wild

The Wild forward scored twice and assisted on Devin Setoguchi’s goal as Minnesota defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 3-1.

No. 3 Star: Thomas Hickey, New York Islanders

Hickey was the beneficiary of a great pass by John Tavares that set up another great pass from Michael Grabner. But his overtime game-winner was his first NHL, as the Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 4-3. Matt Moulson scored twice; Max Pacioretty had two goals in the loss.

Honorable Mention: Ilya Kovalchuk’s power-play goal in the third period gave the New Jersey Devils the 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals, despite 34 saves from Braden Holtby. … Andrew Ladd had a goal and two assists while Blake Wheeler had two goals in the Winnipeg Jets’ 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. … Ron Rolston lost his debut as Buffalo Sabres coach, as James van Riemsdyk scored goals Nos. 10 and 11 in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 3-1 victory. … Brad Marchand’s second-period goal broke the tie and Nathan Horton put the cherry on top on the third as the Boston Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2. Steven Stamkos scored goal No. 11. … Derek Dorsett and Vinny Prospal scored third-period goals in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ stunning 3-2 win at the Detroit Red Wings. … Kaspars Daugavins had the game-winner in the 7-round shootout as the Ottawa Senators defeated the New York Rangers, 3-2. … Jason Garrison’s blast 2:32 into the third period broke the tie and then Henrik Sedin gave the Vancouver Canucks valuable breathing room with a goal, as they outlasted the Dallas Stars, 4-3. …

Did You Know? The Canadiens allowed more than a goal for the first time since Feb. 12 against Tampa Bay (a 4-3 shootout win). (AP)

Dishonorable Mention: The Capitals were whistled for six minor penalties in the third period, including a controversial puck over the glass delay of game call. … Craig Anderson’s injury caused some concern, but he’s day to day with an ankle sprain. … Artem Anisimov was off on a stretcher after this collision with Kyle Quincy. … Finally, Taylor Hall might be looking at a suspension for this hit on Cal Clutterbuck:

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