February 08, 2009
No. 1 star, Mike Green, Washington Capitals:
If scoring 18 goals last year didn't catch everyone's attention, the current offensive streak Mike Green has put together certainly will. The Capitals' top defenseman scored a goal in a sixth straight game Saturday for the first time since Ray Bourque enjoyed a similar streak for Boston in 1984. Green went one better, though, scoring two goals and was a big factor on defense, too, late as Washington knocked off a hot Florida team. Green snapped a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal 43 seconds into the third period and added a short-handed empty-netter at 18:47 to give him a new career high with 19 goals and 46 points, both leading figures among NHL defensemen this season. Green, too, spearheaded a five-minute penalty kill late, part of his team-leading 25:53 of ice time.
No. 2 star, Alex Edler, Vancouver Canucks:
Another defenseman had a big night offensively on the opposite coast as Alex Edler led Vancouver's rout of Chicago with a four-point night. Edler provided the second assist on three of the Canucks' first five goals before scoring his fifth of the season on a power play 12:19 into the second period. Edler logged 17:25 of ice time.
No. 3 star, Mike McKenna, Tampa Bay Lightning:
The rookie netminder made 28 saves for his first shutout in only his second career start and third appearance in an NHL game. McKenna's milestone enabled the Lightning to halt a four-game losing streak. McKenna provided the last line of defense on Tampa's 4-for-4 night on the penalty kill.
Honorable mention: Sergei Samsonov scored a goal and added three assists in Carolina's win at Phoenix. … Brad Boyes scored a goal and provided an assist within 31 seconds of the second period as St. Louis moved to 6-1-3 in its last 10 games. … Toronto defenseman Luke Schenn scored his first NHL goal during a win at Montreal. … Ottawa gave new coach Cory Clouston his first win. … Columbus rookie goalie Dan LaCosta made 28 saves and won during his first NHL start, a 3-2 verdict over San Jose in overtime. … Don't look now but a recent 6-1 surge and 3-1 start to a five-game road trip has put young Los Angeles into the thick of the playoff chase. … Detroit blitzed Edmonton with a five-goal first en route to an 8-3 victory. … Corey Perry scored the game-winner as Anaheim won in Calgary for only the second time in 10 games. … Randy Jones scored Philly's winner in overtime at Boston.
Dishonorable mention: The Oilers have surrendered at least eight goals three times this season. Goalie Dwayne Roloson allowed five goals on 16 shots before getting yanked. … San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov allowed goals on the first two shots he faced on Saturday. … Calgary defenseman Adam Pardy gift-wrapped Anaheim's winning goal with a giveaway Perry converted into a breakaway goal.