NHL Three Stars: Fleury downs Ducks, B’s ruin Ward’s return

No. 1 Star: Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

The resurrected Penguins goalie stopped 27 of 28 shots in Pittsburgh’s 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. So what if Evgeni Malkin hasn’t scored a goal in the past 14 games?! Over the same time period, Geno has picked up 12 assists, including 2 against the Ducks. Pittsburgh’s Brian Gibbons had quite the NHL debut. The rookie tallied a goal, an assist and ended up plus-2.

No. 2 Star: Carl Soderberg, Boston Bruins

Soderberg had a helper on the game’s first goal scored by Reilly Smith on the power play. The second goal came directly from Soderberg and ended up being the game winner in the B’s 4-1 win over the Hurricanes. Carolina took issue with Boston’s third goal scored by Johnny Boychuk. Did the contact made with Ward prevent him from attempting the save? The ‘Canes thought it did.

No. 3 Star: Reto Berra, Calgary Flames

The 5-4 (SO) win by the Flames was the end result of an ugly game against the Jets. Both clubs traded goals all night. The rookie goaltender stopped 43 of 47 shots in regulation and OT before heading to a shootout, Berra’s first in the NHL. He allowed in 2 goals on 8 attempts before Sean Monahan saved the day and snuck one past Winnipeg’s (#1 mobster) Al Montoya.

Honorable mention: Evander Kane skated away with only an assist despite having 10 shots on goal and 8 hits, both team highs… Probably not a good idea to leave Ryan Getzlaf alone in front of the net. Captain Duck scores his 11th of the season on a possible missed off-sides call… Jussi Jokinen played in his 600th NHL game… Milan Lucic added an empty net goal to his plus-2, 6 hit game… Olli Jokinen was 72% on the dot, winning 21 and losing 8 faceoffs.

Did you know? Carolina netminder Cam Ward played in his first game since being injured on October 24th. That should stop goalie trade rumors (and/or Team Canada rumors) for about 10 minutes.

Dishonorable mention: Brian Little was on the verge of being the 3rd star of the night after he scored the game-tying goal with 5.6 seconds remaining. At the end of OT, he did and/or said something refs didn’t like and he received a 10 minute misconduct – making him ineligible for the shootout. Little is 2-for-4 in the game deciding skills contest, good enough for third best on the team. The Jets probably could have used him… Carolina’s Alexander Semin is out indefinitely after taking a hit in St. Louis this past Saturday.