No. 1 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Price made 34 saves and Andrei Markov(notes) scored his first of the year as the Habs blanked the Vancouver Canucks 2-0. The shutout was Price's second of the season and sixth in his career. Despite 19 shots in the third period, the Canucks couldn't beat Price and saw their six-game winning streak end.
The Ducks won their fourth straight after Lubomir Visnovsky(notes) potted the overtime winner with 32.6 second remaining for a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. Hiller also won his fourth straight making 39 saves, including 22 in the third period to help force the extra frame.
After exchanging goals through the first two periods, the Caps scored twice in the final frame to beat the New York Rangers 5-3. Laich scored on the power play in the first period and added the empty-netter with six seconds remaining to secure the two points for Washington. Mike Green(notes) and Alex Ovechkin(notes) each recorded two assists and Mike Knuble(notes) scored his first goal since opening night. On the same night that Derek Boogaard(notes) ended his 234-game goal drought, John Erskine(notes) ended one of his own with his first goal since last January 26. Rangers forward Brian Boyle(notes) scored twice in the loss.
Honorable mention: In a rematch of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, the Carolina Hurricanes poured it on the Edmonton Oilers. Eric Staal(notes) (four assists), Jeff Skinner(notes) (goal, two assists) and Joe Corvo(notes) (two goals) were heavily involved in the 7-1 rout. Cam Ward(notes) made 21 saves as the Hurricanes established the blowout early by scoring four times in the opening seven and a half minutes of the first period ... Behind Brian Elliott's(notes) 35 saves and Jason Spezza's(notes) two goals, the Ottawa Senators downed Atlanta 5-2 to extend their four-game winning streak ... Steven Stamkos(notes) kept scoring as his two goals helped the Tampa Bay Lightning shutout the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0. Dan Ellis(notes) made 28 saves for his second shutout of the season ... Behind Curtis Glencross'(notes) pair and a three-goal third period, the Calgary Flames came from behind to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2. Miikka Kiprusoff(notes) made 29 saves and David Moss(notes) tallied the go-ahead goal with 4:15 to go in the third period ... Chris Stewart(notes) scored his 10th goal of the season in the loss. It was also his 100th career NHL point ... George Parros(notes) and Frazer McLaren(notes) engaged in the night's most active tilt:
Did you know? Washington is now 9-1-1 in their last 11 games against New York.
Dishonorable mention: Not a fun night to be in the nets for the Oilers. Nikolai Khabibulin(notes) was pulled in the first period after allowing four goals on the first eight shots he faced. Devan Dubnyk(notes) finished the game allowing three more.