Taking a 2-1 lead into the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals quickly put the hammer down scoring twice in the opening five minutes en route to a 6-3 victory, their sixth win in a row. Semin was the man of the night scoring a third period hat trick and assisting on Washington's two other goals. The trick was Semin's second of the season. Alex Ovechkin(notes) added three points and Nicklas Backstrom(notes) recorded three of his four assists on the night on each of Semin's goals, including the 200th of his career. Michal Neuvirth(notes) made 38 saves in the victory.
No. 2 Star: Jeff Carter, Philadelphia Flyers
It's been almost three years since the Flyers put an eight-spot on the scoreboard, but on the road tonight in Carolina, Philadelphia routed the Hurricanes 8-1. It was their eighth straight win over Carolina. Carter took charge of the offense scoring once late in the first period and then both Flyers' goals in second to complete his second career hat trick. Sergei Bobrovsky(notes) stopped 35 shots to improve to 9-2-1 and Danny Briere(notes) added two goals and an assist.
No. 3 Star: Artem Anisimov, New York Rangers
Anisimov's first goal gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the second period. It was a lead that would last all of 45 seconds before Mike Grier(notes) tied things up. In overtime, Anisimov made sure New York won the points as his winner gave the Rangers a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres:
Honorable mention: The Lightning learned that they'll be without Vincent Lecavalier(notes) for 3-4 weeks after he broke a bone in his hand ... Dustin Byfuglien(notes) and Tobias Enstrom(notes) each recorded two assists and finished plus-four as Atlanta downed Minnesota 5-2. Ondrej Pavalec earned his first win of the season after making 32 saves ... Steven Stamkos(notes) increased his goal scoring lead with his 14th of the season ... Behind two goals from Danny Cleary(notes) and Tomas Holmstrom(notes), the Detroit Red Wings had more than enough to beat Edmonton 6-2. Jimmy Howard(notes) made 23 saves and Nicklas Lidstrom(notes) and Pavel Datsyuk(notes) each extended their points streaks to 10 games. Theo Peckham(notes) of the Oilers scored his first NHL goal in the loss ... Marcel Goc's(notes) goal in the shootout was the difference in a 3-2 Nashville win over St. Louis. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Predators ... Justin Williams(notes) broke a 1-1 deadlock early in the third period and Jack Johnson(notes) added the insurance tally with 2:48 to go in the third as Los Angeles got by Dallas 3-1 in a penalty-filled affair. Jonathan Quick(notes) made 27 saves for his sixth win in a row. The Kings improved to 11-3-0 on the year, matching their best start in franchise history ... Dan Boyle(notes) scored in regulation, tallied the shootout winner and logged 28:59 in ice time as San Jose edged the New York Islanders 2-1. Dwayne Roloson(notes) made 37 saves in the loss ... P.K. Subban(notes) scored his first regular season goal and Carey Price(notes) stopped 34 shots for his ninth win as Montreal beat Boston 3-1. The Canadiens improved to 8-0-1 when they score first. Scott Gomez(notes) played in his 800th NHL game ... Ryan Kesler's(notes) two goals and Roberto Luongo's(notes) 33 saves helped Vancouver defeat Ottawa 6-2. Mario Bliznak(notes) scored his first career NHL goal for Vancouver and head coach Alain Vigneault earned his 300th career win behind the bench ... Matt Carkner(notes) had a clear victory over Rick Rypien(notes) in their scrap:
Dishonorable mention: Dan Ellis(notes) allowed three goals in 11 minutes in the third period to allow the Capitals to blow their game wide open ... Cam Ward(notes) and Justin Peters(notes) each allowed four goals on 13 shots in Philadelphia's rout over Carolina. Erik Cole(notes) and Tuomo Ruutu(notes) each finished a minus-four ... A four-goal third period doomed Pascal Leclaire(notes) as he finished with six goals allowed on 33 shots as his save-percentage dropped to .882 ... The Islanders shootout loss earned them their first point since October 21 and extended their losing streak to nine games.