February 17, 2011
No. 1 Star: Alex Semin, Washington Capitals
The Caps sniper scored his first goal since Nov. 28 ... and then scored twice more, for his fourth hat trick of the season, as Washington won a wild one, 7-6, at the Anaheim Ducks. Semin and John Carlson(notes) were both plus-4; Alex Ovechkin(notes) scored goal No. 22.
The rookie goalie made 33 saves, including 17 in the first period, as the Blackhawks won one for their ailing coach Joel Quenneville, 3-1 over the Minnesota Wild. Troy Brouwer(notes) had the game-winner in the third, and Dave Bolland(notes) had three assists. Said captain Jonathan Toews(notes) on Quenneville, who was hospitalized last night with an undisclosed illness: "We just knew what we had to do and what Q wanted us to do, compete and work hard and not change everything."
In a battle of injury-decimated teams, Tyler Kennedy took advantage of a Kevin Porter(notes) tripping penalty in overtime to score a power-play goal at 4:10 and give the Penguins a 3-2 victory at the Colorado Avalanche. Joe Vitale(notes) scored his first NHL goal in the win.
Honorable mention: Despite the loss, a big night for some of the Ducks, as Corey Perry(notes) and Ryan Getzlaf(notes) both had a goal and three assists while Bobby Ryan(notes) scored his 28th. ... Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) scored his 20th, Patrik Elias(notes) had the eventual game-winner and Johan Hedberg(notes) helped hold off a Carolina Hurricanes rally in the third period for a 3-2 victory, as the Devils closed to within 12 points of the eight seed. ... Phil Kessel's(notes) 22nd on the season and Joey Crabb's(notes) shorthanded goal in the third period were the difference in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2-1 win at the Buffalo Sabres, their first win in Buffalo since Dec. 12, 2008. James Reimer(notes) won in relief of Jean-Sebastien Giguere(notes), who left with a lower body injury in the first. ... The only thing more unlikely than Cory Sarich(notes) breaking a 2-2 tie in the third period for the Calgary Flames was Steve Staios(notes) icing it with a shorthanded tally just over two minutes later, as the Flames beat the Dallas Stars, 4-2. Olli Jokinen(notes) scored his 13th in the win. ... Jarret Stoll(notes) had the game-winner in the shootout for the Los Angeles Kings, who defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3. Rick Nash(notes) had a goal and two helpers, including an assist on Kris Russell's(notes) game-tying goal with 1:23 left. ... Danny Briere(notes) had two assists and an empty netter as the Philadelphia Flyers topped the Florida Panthers, 4-2. Sergei Bobrovsky(notes) had 33 saves in the win, as the Flyers spotted him a 3-0 lead. Andreas Nodl(notes) scored his first goal in 19 games and saved a goal with his skate:
Did you know? Cory Stillman(notes) of the Panthers played in his 1,000th NHL game. He became the 262nd player to reach that milestone. Stillman also played his 600th and 900th career games against the Flyers. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Cam Fowler(notes) was a minus-5 for the Ducks. ... Jack Skille(notes), Cory Stillman and Dennis Wideman(notes) were minus-3 for the Panthers. ... Semyon Varlamov(notes) was pulled after giving up 3 goals on 9 shots for the Capitals. ... Finally, this Andy Sutton(notes) hit on Matt Hendricks(notes) and subsequent fight with John Erskine(notes) were all sorts of ugly: