No. 1 Star: Dave Bolland, Toronto Maple Leafs
Bolland scored his first two goals as a Leaf, leading Toronto to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers and a 2-0 start to the season. Joffrey Lupul probably deserves half of this star, deftly setting up Bolland on both of his short-range goals.
No. 2 Star: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
This unassisted backhand goal by Datsyuk in the first period ended up being the game-winner, as the Red Wings defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1.
No. 3 Star: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
The top overall pick last summer had an impressive debut, setting up both of Jamie McGinn’s goals with primary assists and stepping up to take on Ben Lovejoy in the second period. The Avs defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 6-1, in Patrick Roy’s debut as head coach.
Honorable mention: Jimmy Howard made 19 saves in the Wings’ win, while Ryan Miller made 34 saves in the loss. … Zemgus Girgensons scored his first NHL goal. … Phil Kessel scored his first of the season. … Vinny Lecavalier picked up his first point a Flyer with a first-period assist. … Jonathan Bernier made 31 saves in his first game as a Leaf. … Steve Downie had a power-play goal and a nice power-play assist to Matt Duchene. … Jakub Silfverberg scored his first as a Duck. … Semyon Varlamov made 35 saves for the Avs.
Did You Know? The Red Wings are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games against Buffalo
Dishonorable mention: So who gets the instigator here? The Flyers were 1-for-7 on the power play. … Cam Fowler was a minus three, as was Francois Beauchemin. … Viktor Fasth made saves on 22 of 28 shots. … Finally, Jay Rosehill got a little nutty when Colton Orr cross-checked him in the head.