NHL Three Stars: Leafs, Caps downed in OT; Patrick Kane, boy wizard; Captain Pickard

No. 1 Star: Blake Comeau, Pittsburgh Penguins

Comeau secured his second career hat trick in dramatic fashion by scoring the OT winner against the Leafs.

No. 2 Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Kaner assisted on all three ‘Hawks goals in Chicago’s 3-2 victory over Colorado. He pulls some kind of black magic puck handling to set up Bryan Bickell’s game winner.

No. 3 Star: Calvin Pickard, Colorado Avalanche

WHO?? Exactly. The 22-year-old backup to the backup netminder for the Avs drew the short straw and had to face the Chicago Blackhawks in his fifth ever NHL game. He may have taken the loss, but the kid made 45 saves against a pretty good team.

Honorable Mention: The Islanders were credited with 55 (!!) hits to the Caps 28 … Washington was 2-for-2 on the power play and the Islanders were 2-for-3; either both teams are really good on the man advantage or really bad on the penalty kill … Alex Ovechkin scored 2 power play goals in the 3-2 OT loss to NYI; John Tavares netted the winner on the power play (natch) … My, what wonderful power play passing skills you have, Pittsburgh Penguins …

… Martin St. Louis was honored by the Lightning in his first return to Tampa since the trade … The Bolts spoiled the homecoming for St. Louis on the back of 3-point nights from Steven Stamkos, and the other half of the trade sending Marty to New York, Ryan Callahan … With the Panthers up 1-0 against Carolina, Al Montoya took over in net for Roberto Luongo, who suffered an upper-body injury, and held the score to get his team the win … Martin Jones gave Jonathan Quick another night off as the Kings shelled Minnesota 4-0. All the Kings goals came in the first period including this wacky deflection…

… Dustin Brown scored his 200th career goal  … ‘Uncle Leo’ Komarov netted 2 goals and 6 hits for the Leafs … Pavel Datsyuk returned to the ice for his first game in 10 days and scored 2 goals in the Red Wings 5-2 win against Philadelphia … Karri Ramo got the rare start for Calgary and ended up shutting out the Sharks with help from Juri Hudler and his 2 goals.

Did You Know? Sidney Crosby notched his 800th point on Comeau’s third goal in his 571st game. His career average now sits at 1.40 points per game.

Dishonorable Mention: Patrick Kaleta left the game and did not return after being on the receiving end of this hit from Adam Lowry … Buffalo did not capitalize on the major penalty power play resulting from the hit on Kaleta; instead they gave up a game-winning short-handed goal to Winnipeg’s Michael Frolik … Philly’s Steve Mason was pulled in favor of Ray Emery after giving up 3 goals on 14 shots to Detroit … Darcy Kuemper let in 4 goals on 10 shots from LA in the first period and Nicklas Backstrom finished the final 2 periods without allowing a goal.