December 20, 2010
No. 1 Star: Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars
Chris Osgood(notes) has Eriksson to blame for helping to prevent the Detroit Red Wings goalie's 400th NHL victory on Sunday night. Eriksson assisted on goals by Brad Richards(notes) and Brendan Morrow and then scored the game-winner on a 3-on-1 break to give Dallas a 4-3 win at the Joe. Morrow's goal at 16:46 of the third period sent the game to OT, where Loui won it like this:
Down 2-0 after the first period, the Capitals needed a hero to avoid their ninth straight loss. Perreault responded by scoring 34 seconds into the second and then converted on the power play just over six minutes later to break a 2-2 tie and help lead Washington to a 3-2 victory at the Ottawa Senators. Eric Fehr(notes) had the other goal. Said Perreault after the game: "We felt like we won a championship."
This could have easily been Corey Crawford(notes) of the
Chicago Blackhawks, who stopped 26 shots and was solid in the third during
their win over the Los Angeles Kings. But Anderson was a perfect 14-for-14 in
the third for the Avs, stopping 27 shots overall in their 3-2 win over
the Montreal Canadiens. It was the sixth straight win for Anderson and for the
Avalanche. T.J. Galiardi(notes) had the game-winning goal in the second period.
Honorable mention: Jonathan Toews(notes) had a goal and an assist in the Blackhawks' 3-2 thriller against the Los Angeles Kings. Fernando Pisani(notes) had the eventual game winner in the second period. Wayne Simmonds(notes) had a goal and an assist for LA. ... Pavel Datsyuk(notes) (12) and Johan Franzen(notes) (14) had goals for Detroit. ... Ryan Shannon(notes) and Chris Kelly(notes) had the Senators' goals. ... Michael Cammalleri scored his 12th for Montreal. ... Kyle Clifford(notes) of the Kings had one hell of a move on Crawford for his second of the season:
Dishonorable mention: Ottawa was 0-for-5 on the power play. ... Milan Michalek(notes) had six penalty minutes for the Sens. ... The Capitals roared back to win, but the 2-0 deficit after the first was inexcusable given their losing streak. ... Finally, Steve Ott(notes) takes a loss at the hands of ... Justin Abdelkader(notes)?!