NHL Three Stars: Markov’s deuce powers Montreal; Rask over Niemi

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No. 1 Star: Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens

Markov was the Habs’ offensve against the Chicago Blackhawks, scoring in the second and at 1:28 of overtime to lead Montreal to a 2-1 victory. Carey Price (19 saves) and Corey Crawford (36 saves) battled all night.

No. 2 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

In a battle of Finnish Olympians, Rask made 26 saves for the shutout while Antti Niemi made 21 in a losing effort, as Carl Soderberg a puck bounce his way for the 1-0 Boston win.

No. 3 Star: Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings

After losing his father this week, the Wings forward had an assist and scored the game-winner in the Wings’ 3-1 win at the Los Angeles Kings.

Honorable mention: Matt Carle had two assists and was a plus-6(!) in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Ryan Maline had two goals. … Mika Zibanejad and Jason Spezza scored in the shootout as the Ottawa Senators edged the Nashville Predators, 2-1. … Ryan O’Reilly and Charlie Coyle traded 2-goal nights, but it was the Colorado Avalanche scoring twice in the third to top the Minnesota Wild, 4-2. … The Columbus Blue Jackets scored four second-period goals in a 6-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu each had two goals. … The Anaheim Ducks took out the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-3, as rookie Hampus Lindholm scored twice and Ryan Getzlaf scored goal No. 23. Radim Vrbata had three assists for the Yotes. … Goals by Chris Kunitz and Matt Niskanen were made to stand by Marc-Andrew Fleury’s 27 saves, as the Penguins topped the Calgary Flames, 2-1. … Riley Sheahan scored his first NHL goal. … Marek Zidlicky won the game for the New Jersey Devils at 4:57 of overtime over the Florida Panthers – on a set play! Jaromir Jagr’s assist gave him 1,724 points in the NHL, breaking the tie with Mario Lemieux for seventh place on the League's all-time list. Lemieux reached 1,723 points in 915 games.

This Corey Crawford save was something else:

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Dishonorable mention: Steve Mason was pulled for the Flyers. … Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn were minus-3. … Tomas Greiss was pulled after giving up four goals.

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