No. 1 Star: Martin Jones, Los Angeles Kings
The Kings backup-to-the-backup goaltender remains perfect on the season defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1. Jones stopped all but one of Toronto’s 39 shots. Cody Franson scored on the power play in the second period, ending Jones’ shut-out streak of 177 minutes and 12 seconds.
No. 2 Star: The Chicago Blackhawks
It’s hard to pick one player that really stood out in a 7-2 thumping of this season’s iteration of the Philadelphia Flyers. Patrick Sharp, Kris Versteeg, Michal Handzus, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane all had multi-point nights.
No. 3 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
After running into teammate Hampus Lindholm’s shoulder with his face, Perry took a few minutes to compose himself before scoring a ridiculous goal on a Lindholm rebound. This goal is Perry’s eighth in the last seven straight games and it put him back into a tie for second place in goals (21) with Alexander Steen. Ryan Getzlaf’s helper on the play extended the Ducks captain’s scoring streak to 13 games.
Honorable mention: Anaheim’s Alex Grant scored his second goal in his second NHL game in the Ducks 2-1 win over Minnesota… Chicago’s backup-to-the-backup goaltender Antti Raanta stopped 37 of 39 shots, including this nifty breakaway by Brayden Schenn…
Even though the Wild lost, Josh Harding played incredibly well. In one series he stopped Dustin Penner (with help from the crossbar) and a wide open Corey Perry on a lunging save…
Did You Know? Since No. 1 goalie Jonathan Quick went down with a major groin injury, the Kings have gone 10-1-3. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. LIAR.
Dishonorable mention: Coming out of the first intermission, the Flyers were leading 1-0. They proceeded to give up 4 goals on 6 shots… Craig Berube finally took mercy on starting goalie Ray Emery and pulled him when the score was 6-2 in the third… LA’s Colin Fraser left the game with an upper-body injury after being hit into the boards by Frazer McLaren. Fraser had to be helped to the locker room by teammates and did not return to the game. McLaren was not assessed a penalty on the play. Yet another Shanaban forthcoming?