No. 1 Star: Kyle Palmieri, Anaheim Ducks
Kyle Palmieri had about 100 friends and family in the stands at The Rock in New Jersey. The Smithtown, New York native had a two point night for the Ducks with an assist on the game-tying goal, and scored the game winning goal in overtime. Palmieri went NHL94 on the Devils with the wrap-around deflection.
No. 2 Star: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
At 28 years-old, Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin has become the sixth fastest player to reach the 400 goal plateau. While the goal itself may not have been fantastic – it was an empty netter – the accomplishment is.
Ovi continues to lead the league in goals with 29. He’s at nearly a goal-a-game pace and could end up with close to 80 goals at the end of the season should this trend continue.
No. 3 Star: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
Backstrom assisted on all four Capitals goals in Washington’s 4-2 win over Carolina. He leads the league in assists with 33 and is third overall in points at 41.
Honorable mention: The last time Michael Grabner scored a goal was on opening night in October; he potted two goals tonight, one shorty and one empty-net in Isles 5-3 win over Rangers … The Ducks trio of Palmieri, Mathieu Perreault and Teemu Selanne combined for six points in the Ducks 4-3 win … Philipp Grubauer stopped 39 of 41 shots for Washington … Evander Kane had a goal, an assist, four shots, six hits, eight penalty minutes and was a plus-2 for the Jets … Chicago carried a 2-1 lead until midway through the third when Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin tied the game, sent it into overtime and won in the shoot-out … How the hell did Eddie Lack stop this shoot-out goal from Patrick Kane? (Read Kaner’s lips after attempt.)
Did You Know? Patrick Kane is 0-for-8 in shoot-out attempts this season.
Dishonorable mention: Henrik Lundqvist stopped only 15 of 19 shots … New Jersey’s Damien Bruner had to be helped off the ice by teammates after bending his leg awkwardly while receiving a check. Bruner went directly to the locker room and did not return … The brothers Staal combined for seven giveaways … The Jets and Panthers combined for 28 penalty minutes on 11 different calls in the first period … Florida snaps five-game win streak with 5-2 loss to Winnipeg. Vancouver and Chicago shoot-out went eight rounds with Ryan Kesler finally ending it.