No. 1 Star: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
Tough call here between Tyler Seguin, who had four goals and an assist in the Stars' 7-3 win over the Calgary Flames, and Jamie Benn, who had a goal and five assists. But we’ll defer to Seguin: “He was making some incredible passes out there. Some of the plays I was just fortunate enough to finish them off." Congrats to Benn on his first star and impending call from the Canadian Olympic team.
No. 2 Star: Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins
The Bruins forward win their game in overtime with a great individual effort. Lucic blocked a Cam Atkinson shot from the point, took off down the ice to recover the puck and beat Sergei Bobrovsky for the 3-2 victory.
No. 3 Star: Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning center stepped up in Steven Stamkos’ absence, scoring two goals and assisting on one from Marty St. Louis in their 5-1 rout of the Anaheim Ducks.
Honorable mention: Tomas Hertl scored with 1:05 left in regulation and then Dan Boyle scored the game-winner in OT on the power play, as the San Jose Sharks stunned the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1. … Matt Stajan scored two goals for the Flames. … Alex Steen had two goals to retake the NHL lead, as the St. Louis Blues dominated the Colorado Avalanche, 7-3. T.J. Oshie had four assists while Derek Roy had a goal and two assists. … Brandon Pirri had the game-tying goal in the third period and then scored the game-winner in the shootout to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 victory. Michael Stone had two goals for the Phoenix Coyotes. … The Los Angeles Kings scored three goals in the third period, including Tyler Toffoli’s game winner at 18:33, to defeat the New York Islanders, 3-2.
Did You Know? Tampa Bay's record against the Western Conference is at 7-0-0.
Dishonorable mention: Chris Butler was a minus-4 for Calgary. T.J. Brodie and Lee Stempniak were a minus-3. Goalie Retro Berra was pulled … Kevin Bieksa was suckered into a fight and watched Hertl score from the penalty box. … Rusty Klesla was a minus-3. … Crazy thought, but maybe Matt Duchene shouldn’t fight in a blowout: