October 16, 2010
No. 1 Star: Anthony Stewart, Atlanta Thrashers
In 105 career NHL games, Stewart had amassed five goals over parts of four seasons with the Florida Panthers. Now in Atlanta, it took the former 2003 first rounder one night to set a new career high for goals in aseason. Stewart's first career hat trick, which included two power play goals midway through the third period to even the game at five, led the way as the Thrashers downed the Ducks 5-4 after a shootout. Chris Mason(notes) would make 37 saves and deny all four Anaheim shootout attempts for his second win of the year.
No. 2 Star: Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Breakup the Leafs! They're 4-0-0! Fans in Toronto can get used to this winning thing. The Maple Leafs blew a 3-1 lead in the third period when Brian Boyle(notes) scored twice, but Phil Kessel's(notes) second goal of the night with 1:52 remaining in overtime captured the 4-3 victory. The 4-0-0 start is Toronto's first since they went 10-0-0 during the 1993-94 season. Clarke MacArthur(notes) scored his fifth of the season and has potted goals in all four of Toronto's games this season.
No. 3 Star: Craig Anderson, Colorado Avalanche
Despite the, ahem, avalanche of shots thrown his way in the first period, Anderson denied all 17 from New Jersey and finished with 41 saves and a 3-2 win over the Devils. Through three games this season, Anderson has made at least 34 saves each time. Chris Stewart(notes) (big night for the Stewart brothers) factored in both of Colorado's tallies with a goal and an assist.
Honorable mention: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Eric Tangradi(notes) scored his first NHL goal during a 3-2 overtime win over the New York Islanders ... Devils rookie Matt Taormina(notes) also scored his first career goal in New Jersey's loss to the Avalanche ... Marty Turco(notes) made 30 saves for his first win as a Chicago Blackhawks. Marian Hossa(notes) and Tomas Kopecky(notes) each added a goal and an assist in the 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Patrick Sharp(notes) led all scorers with two goals and 13 shots on net ... Carey Price(notes) made 22 saves and spoiled the 40th anniversary of the Buffalo Sabres' first home game as the Montreal Canadiens were victorious 2-1 ... Teemu Selanne(notes) and Corey Perry(notes) both recorded a goal and two assists in Anaheim's loss to Atlanta. Selanne potted his 608th career tally, tying him with Dino Ciccarelli for 16th place all-time. He's now two behind Bobby Hull. Toni Lydman(notes) scored his first goal since returning to the Ducks after suffering from double vision ... Jonathan Quick's(notes) 25 saves and Dustin Brown's(notes) two goals paced Los Angeles to a 4-1 win over Vancouver, their second win against the Canucks in a week. Kings rookie Jake Muzzin(notes) recorded an assist, his first NHL point.
Did you know? "In the first period of the last two games, the Devils have out shot Buffalo and Colorado by a combined 32-4 margin and been outscored 1-0." (AP)
Dishonorable mention: The referees in Pittsburgh ejected Kris Letang(notes) for a perceived headshot when, in fact, it was a clean, shoulder-to-shoulder hit ... Bad news for the Rangers after their overtime loss to Toronto. They'll be without the services of Chris Drury(notes) (finger - six weeks) and Marian Gaborik(notes) (shoulder - 2-4 weeks) after separate injuries ... Finally, Sean Avery(notes) and Mike Komisarek(notes) won't be exchanging Christmas cards this year: