Pavel Datsyuk wins one of the 900 faceoffs he took versus Tampa Bay.
No. 1 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
After seven consecutive losses, Corey Perry finally put his foot down, scoring a goal and adding two assists to lead the Ducks to a win, a glorious win, topping the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1. Ryan Getzlaf's foot was also put down rather assertively -- he registered the exact same totals.
No. 2 Star: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Datsyuk opened the scoring, went 22-for-31 in the faceoff circle, and added a beautiful assist on one of the prettiest powerplay goals of the year to lead the Red Wings to a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Seriously, look at that puck movement on this goal. All five Red Wings touch the puck.A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
No. 3 Star: David Krejci, Boston Bruins
Krejci had a three-point night in the Bruins' convincing 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring a goal and setting up teammates Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara for two others. With the win, the Bruins closed out an obscene November in which they went 12-0-1, which is sort of impressive. 13-0-0 would have been better. Guess they're just not clutch enough.
Honourable mention: Lucic scored twice for the Bruins... Ryan O'Reilly put up a goal and two assists and Milan Hejduk added one and one as the Colorado Avalanche knocked off the New Jersey Devils 6-1... Kyle Brodziak scored the game-tying goal midway through the second period, then scored the shootout winner in the Minnesota Wild's 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers...
Did you know? Wednesday marked night Steve Yzerman's first return to Detroit since leaving to take over in Tampa Bay.A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
Dishonourable mention: Kessel and Lupul may have combined for a pretty 2-on-1 goal, but they were on the ice for four against.... But that's still not as bad as Ilya Kovalchuk, was on the ice for five Colorado goals. He was spared a minus-5 rating by scoring the Devils' lone goal... David Steckel went 3-for-11 in the faceoff circle.