NHL Three Stars: Grosenick gets shut-out in first NHL win; Stars, Ducks pummeled in losses

No. 1 Star: Troy Grosenick, San Jose Sharks

Welcome to the NHL, Troy! Grosenick is filling in as backup to Antti Niemi while Alex Stalock is out after having ‘minor’ knee surgery. Sunday he made his NHL debut against the Carolina Hurricanes. Grosenick faced 45 shots and stopped all of them for his first NHL win and shut-out.

Victor Rask is still not sure how he didn’t score…

No 2 Star: Nick Bjugstad, Florida Panthers

The youngster put up 2 goals and 2 assists in the Panthers 6-2 drubbing of the Ducks. Al Montoya did his part stopping 33 shots sent his way. In addition, Florida blocked 21 shots to Anaheim’s 7.

No. 3 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Arizona Coyotes

Could Dubnyk possibly unseat Mike Smith as the Coyotes starter? He pitched a shut-out versus Vancouver on Friday, and on Sunday he allowed 1 goal on 34 shots in the ‘Yotes 2-1 win against Edmonton.

Honorable mention: Zach Parise entered back into the Wild’s lineup after missing five games with a concussion; he scored 2 goals … Jason Pominville had a 3 point night which included an assist on the Marco Scandella OT game winner … Brendan Gallagher this is just ridiculous (in a good way) …

… The Habs scored 4 goals on 19 shots against Jimmy Howard … Congrats to Josh Manson (Ducks), Curtis McKenzie (Stars), and Brandon Gormley (Arizona) on earning their first NHL points … Brad Richards played in his 1,000th NHL game … Both Kris Versteeg and Patrick Kane had real stinkers in their previous game. They made up for it by each having 3 point nights. Here’s one of Kaner’s highlights in the 6-2 win over Dallas …

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Dishonorable mention: Both Ondrej Pavelec and Nicklas Backstrom started the game but did not finish it. Pavelec was pulled after giving up 3 goals in the first, and Backstrom got the hook midway through the third after allowing 3 straight. Minnesota ended up winning in OT with Darcy Kuemper in net … Ryan Suter came into Sunday’s game with 4 PIMs; he added 8 more against Winnipeg … Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele left the contest against Minny after twisting his leg/knee awkwardly; he did not return:

… Blackhawks Trevor Van Riemsdyk had played only 2:19 before he left the game with what now appears to be a serious leg injury … Kyle Palmieri (high ankle sprain) and Corey Perry (mumps) returned to the Ducks lineup and it didn’t help … Anaheim’s Frederik Andersen was yanked for the second time in three games after allowing 3 goals. Jason LaBarbera took over and gave up another 2 goals before Andersen was brought back to start the third. He allowed two more goals … Finally, this is a bit excessive, Brad Stuart. Jason Zucker is down after colliding into boards, no need for the excess head trauma (no penalty on play):