With his ceremonial face off, Gene Simmons handles the ceremonial face-off.
No. 1 Star: John Tavares, New York Islanders
Tavares remained red hot in the Islanders' 5-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, picking up 3 assists to extend his point streak to 7 games. Tavares has an absurd 16 points in that span.
No. 2 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Crosby wasn't all that good through for much of Pittsburgh's visit to the Vancouver Canucks, but he poured it on at the end, assisting on Kris Letang's goal to cut the lead to 4-3 and then scoring the game-tying goal 16 seconds later. Both goals came with the net empty. Then he scored the shootout winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins stole one, 5-4, over the Vancouver Canucks.
No. 3 Star: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning winger was the standout in a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, breaking the tie in the third period, then icing the game with an empty-netter. He also registered a game-high six shots. He may have been a little upset about something.
Honorable Mention: Brayden Schenn took a strange skate cut to the cut, but came back to score the overtime winner as the Philadelphia Flyers held off the New Jersey Devils for a 3-2 win:
Matthias Ekholm's first NHL goal was the game-winner as the Nashville Predators knocked off the San Jose Sharks by a score of 3-2... The Phoenix Coyotes got multi-point games from 7 different players in a 6-0 rout of the Calgary Flames... Alex Pietrangelo had two assists as the St. Louis Blues beat up on the Edmonton Oilers, 5-2... Mathieu Perrault scored twice in the Anaheim Ducks' 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins... Nino Neiderreiter scored the shootout winner as the Minnesota Wild held off the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1. Darcy Kuemper was the difference. The Wild were outshot 40 to 17.
Did You Know? The Canucks have surrendered the game-tying goal within the final two minutes three times during their current five-game losing streak.
Dishonorable Mention: Randy Carlyle felt 3 of the 4 goals Jonathan Bernier surrendered were ones he should have had. I definitely agree about this one:
... Winnipeg mustered just 14 shots on goal versus Tampa Bay... Calgary is bad... rough night for Tuukka Rask, who allowed 5 goals on 20 shots...