NHL Three Stars: Spezza’s trick; Price blanks Jets; Sabres win! Sabres win!

Phil Kessel is happy.

No. 1 Star: Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators

After the Senators fell down two goals to the Phoenix Coyotes, Spezza went to work, scoring the next three goals to register his fifth career hat trick and put the Senators up 3-2. The game went to OT, where Cory Conacher scored the 4-3 winner.

No. 2 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

Price is feeling it right now, Two days after making 34 saves in a performance versus Vancouver that Lars Eller called "unbelievable", Price did that show one better, stopping 35 in a 3-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets for his first shutout of the season.

No. 3 Star: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

Marty St. Louis scored twice and added an assist as the Lightning routed the Los Angeles Kings, 5-1. His first goal chased Jonathan Quick, who allowed 3 goals on 17 shots and his second ended any notion of a Kings' comeback, coming just two minutes after Slava Voynov made it 3-1.

Honorable mention: It took 44 saves, a two-point night from Christian Ehrhoff and a shootout, but the Buffalo Sabres finally got a win, edging the New York Islanders 4-3 in the skills competition... Sidney Crosby was all over the ice for Pittsburgh in their 3-2 win over the Oilers, in on every goal his club scored. He finished with three assists and five shots on goal in 22:49 of icetime. Ryan Kesler scored twice, including the game-winner, in the Canucks' come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. His first goal was a gift:

... Despite being outshot by an absurd 38-13 margin, the Toronto Maple Leafs skated to an easy 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Mason Raymond scored twice in the win... Matt Duchene scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 to remain unbeaten... Patrick Sharp scored a goal and the only one of the shootout to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes... Jonas Gustavsson made 36 saves to help Detroit Red Wings hold off the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-1.. The Jackets' lone goal came on a nice solo effort from Cam Atkinson:

... Shea Weber, Mike Fisher, and Craig Smith had two-point nights as the Nashville Predators edged the Florida Panthers 4-3. The Panthers still haven't won in Nashville this millennium, which is a shame, since this Jonathan Huberdeau goal shouldn't have to come in a loss:

... the battle of unbeatens wasn't much of a contest. The San Jose Sharks skated to an easy 6-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. At one point, they led 5-0. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau each had a goal and two assists...

Did you know? Jason Chimera of the Washington Capitals was fined $4,487.18 for
boarding Justin Schultz of the Oilers on Monday night.

Dishonorable mention: Maxim Lapierre is gonna get suspended... Darcy Kuemper was pulled after allowing 3 goals on 7 shots... Drew Doughty was minus-4 for the Kings, the worst plus/minus rating of his entire NHL career...

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