October 29, 2010
No. 1 Star: Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins
Continuing his hot start, Thomas blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 to improve his record to 5-0-0 on the season with a ridiculous 0.60 goals-against average and even more ridiculous .981 save-percentage. Thomas made 20 saves as the Maple Leafs did not manage more than eight shots in any period. Patrice Bergeron(notes) scored his 100th career NHL goal, while Tyler Seguin(notes) scored his first one in North America. After the game, the Bruins announced that Seguin will be staying with the team this season and not sent back to juniors.
Halak kept up his strong start making 24 saves and stretching his shutout streak to 151:15 with a 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators. Patrik Berglund(notes) and Matt D'Agostini(notes) each scored their fourth of the season in the third period to wrap things up. The shutout was Halak's second straight and 11th of his career. The loss was Nashville's first in regulation this season.
No. 3 Star: Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche
In the wild game of the night, Colorado rallied back from a 3-1 deficit and ended up squeaking by the Calgary Flames 6-5 thanks to a Daniel Winnik(notes) goal with 2:20 remaining in the third period. Stewart notched his second career hat trick and moved into a tie for second place in goals scored with eight. He's also now second in the league in points on the season with 14. Ryan O'Reilly(notes) added three assists, while Paul Stastny(notes) and Kyle Cumisky each had two.
Honorable mention: Craig Conroy(notes) played in his 1000th NHL game ... Daniel Alfredsson(notes), Milan Michalek(notes) and Mike Fisher(notes) each scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-3 Ottawa win over Florida. The Senators now have consecutive victories for the first time this season ... Kyle Wilson(notes) scored his second goal of the year and Nikita Filatov(notes) won it in the shootout as Columbus edged Edmonton 3-2. Steve Mason(notes) made 25 saves and the Blue Jackets dominated in the facoff dot winning 40 of 68 draws. Taylor Hall(notes) scored his first career goal in the loss for Edmonton ... Niklas Backstrom(notes) made 21 saves as Minnesota held off Washington 2-1 ... Wayne Simmonds(notes) and Alexei Ponikarovsky(notes) scored nine seconds apart and Jack Johnson(notes) added three helpers as Los Angeles upended Dallas 5-2. Jonathan Quick(notes) made 30 saves for his sixth win ... Lauri Korpikoski(notes) scored shorthanded and later an empty netter during a 4-2 Phoenix win over the Detroit Red Wings. Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) made 45 saves, including 17 in both the second and third periods. Pavel Datsyuk(notes) recorded his 600th career point on Tomas Holmstrom's(notes) goal ... Nice job by Brad Richards(notes) who manage to shoot a puck through a plane of glass at American Airlines Center:
Did you know? Washington dropped to 0-5-1 all-time at Xcel Energy Center.
Dishonorable mention: Stephen Weiss(notes) and David Booth(notes) both finished minus-four for the Panthers ... Henrik Karlsson(notes) suffered his first NHL loss allowing six goals on 30 shots against the Avalanche. Despite the win, Peter Budaj(notes) hasn't been sharp for Colorado allowing 13 goals in his last three appearances ... Jordin Tootoo's(notes) hit on Carlo Colaiacovo(notes), which earned the Predators forward five minutes for charging and a game misconduct, will be a talking point on Friday: