NHL Three Stars: Price puts out Flames; It was Callahan! The big one!
No. 1 Star: Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers
I love when this happens. A guy's name suddenly gets floated in trade talk, and then he turns around and has a massive game. The story writes itself. It was a response! He was playing angry! Well you can safely say Callahan was playing angry, then. He had 2 goals and an assisting the Rangers' 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
No. 2 Star: Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators
Spezza led the way as the Senators handed the St. Louis Blues their first home loss to an Eastern Conference team this season. The Ottawa captain had a goal and 2 assists in the 5-4 win, spearheading a massive third-period comeback before Kyle Turris finished the Blues off in the shootout.
No. 3 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Price stopped all 27 shots he faced for his fourth shutout of the year and his second in four games in a 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames. Luck was on his side. Look at this puck magically stop on the goal line:
Honorable Mention: Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves as the Winnipeg Jets moved to 9-2-0 under Paul Maurice with a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes... Poor Michal Neuvirth deserved a better fate Tuesday night, as the Washington Capitals fell to the New York Islanders, 1-0. He made 27 stops and looked great, especially on this windmill save, which, admittedly, he sells like crazy with some serious breakdancing afterwards:
Evgeni Nabokov picked up the win and the 22-save shutout, but he didn't do any cool dance moves at all, and also he was the road goalie, so he was only named the game's second star... Brian Campbell had two assists in the Florida Panthers' 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs... Darcy Kuemper stopped 34 and that's how many minutes Ryan Suter played too as the Minnesota Wild topped the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1... Antoine Roussel scored the game-winner as the Dallas Stars pulled away from the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-1... Milan Lucic had a two-point night as the Boston Bruins handled the Vancouver Canucks, 3-1, and if you want to know where this one turned, it was this sequence right here:
Did You Know? Poor Robin Lehner:
Sens have 7 games in franchise history where they have given up 50+ shots in a regular season game. Lehner has been the goalie in 5 of them.
— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) February 5, 2014
Dishonorable mention: The Maple Leafs were their usual porous selves, flirting once again with 50 shots against before stopping just short. They allowed 47 shots on Jonathan Bernier... As mentioned, the Senators made it to 50 shots against. Not cool, guys. Robin Lehner is sick of this.