NHL Three Stars: Stastny’s 4-point night powers Avalanche; Ceci’s OT winner

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No. 1 Star: Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche center had a 4-point night, with two goals and a primary assist in the second period, in Colorado’s 6-2 win over the Dallas Stars. Along with those two goals, he assisted on goals by Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie.

No. 2 Star: Cody Ceci, Ottawa Senators

The Senators rookie scored his first NHL goal and it was an overtime game winner, as his seeing-eye shot from the blueline beat Brian Elliott and the St. Louis Blues, 3-2.

No. 3 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Sid’s third-period wrister from the slot beat Jonathan Bernier for his 19th of the season, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1.

Honorable mention: Evander Kane had a goal and an assist and Bryan Little scored his 14th as the Winnipeg Jets topped the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2. . … Tyler Seguin scored goal No. 18 for the Stars. … Brandon Sutter’s shorthanded goal in the third was icing on the cake for Pittsburgh. … Chris Stewart had two goals for the Blues.

Did You Know? Kevin Connauton scored his first NHL goal for Dallas in the loss. Morgan Rielly scored his first NHL goal in the Leafs' loss.

Dishonorable mention: The Stars gave up 48 shots to the Avs. … Alex Chiasson was a minus-4 and Brenden Dillon was a minus-3. … Tim Peel blew another goalie interference call in the Jets/Jackets game. … Robert Bortuzzo was given a minor for an illegal check to the head on Jerry D’Amigo, but the NHL has already said “we see unavoidable head contact on an otherwise full body hit. Will not be pursuing supplemental discipline.”

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