No. 1 Star: David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
The rookie scored his first and second career NHL goals for the Bruins in the 3-1 win over Philadelphia. Zdeno Chara recorded 2 assists, both were on special teams.
No. 2 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Just another 2-point night for Geno. He scored the Penguins only regulation goal, and set up Sid with the one-time snipe for the game winner against the Habs in OT:
No. 3 Star: Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues
Allen was not the starter for St. Louis. He came in after Brian Elliott gave up 3 goals on 10 shots. Allen only allowed 1 goal and let his team do the rest of the work to get them back in it. Before TJ Oshie could win it in the shoot-out, Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-tying goal:
Honorable Mention: Called up from the minors, Calgary netminder Joni Otiro earned his first ever NHL shutout against Vancouver … In Nashville’s 3-1 victory, Pekka Rinne stopped 36 shots on goal by Minnesota. Colin Wilson had a 2-point night for the Preds with an assist and this goal on a turnover by Minnesota:
… Washington’s power play was 1-for-2 as Troy Brouwer scored an unassisted goal on a mishandled puck by Jimmy Howard behind the net. The Caps went on to win 3-1 with only 17 shots on goal recorded … Dallas went up 2-0 on the Avalanche before Colorado scored 4-straight to take the game 4-3. Need a reminder of Matt Duchene’s incredible hands? How about this spin-o-rama that put the Avs up by two:
… Prior to the game against Pittsburgh, the Habs honored the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris by playing the French anthem … Ryan Strome, Thomas Hickey, and Brian Strait each picked up 2-points as the Islanders beat the Blue Jackets 5-2 … Chris Kreider provided a one-handed back-hand pass to Martin St. Louis who scored, en route to the Rangers win over the Sharks, completing NYR’s sweep of the California teams:
San Jose paid tribute to longtime former Shark Dan Boyle in his first visit back to the Shark Tank since he left last season … Evander Kane returned to the lineup for the Jets against LA. He registered 5 shots and 6 hits in his 19:28 TOI. Drew Doughty skated away with 2-points after playing 33:45. Watch Doughty get destroyed on a hit, and then become a missile looking to smash anything that moved in white jersey …
Did You Know? This is funny, unless you’re a Knicks fan…
The Knicks have 5 wins. The Rangers have 8 shutouts.
— Brian Monzo (@BMonzoWFAN) January 11, 2015
Dishonorable Mention: After signing a new deal, Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky proceeded to give up 5 even-strength goals to the Islanders … Phoenix’s Mike Smith dropped to 7-17-2 on the season in the ‘Yotes 5-1 loss to Ottawa … Jimmy Howard was stretchered off the ice after attempting to make a save and injuring his groin … Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Philadelphia goaltender Steve Mason leaves game with injury after routine save, and does not return; Ray Emery took his place in the loss to Boston … Thomas Vanek was in alone against Rinne, and he chose to pass the puck. Matt Cooke and Shea Weber dropped the gloves after exchanging cross checks; Weber took exception when Cooke’s stick made contact with his nose:
… The NHL’s situation room was busy tonight: first there was the Nathan MacKinnon goal on Kari Lehtonen that was called a good goal on the ice, reviewed, and came up inconclusive. Next the upheld no-goal call on Henrik Sedin for scoring a goal with a high stick. Finally, the Rangers no-goal call that was upheld due to lack of indisputable evidence … Jay Bouwmeester thought he scored the game clincher for the Blues, but it was waived off for something being seen much more this season – goalie interference … Tanner Pearson (broken leg) and Tyler Toffoli (mono) out indefinitely for the Kings. Kyle Clifford may be hearing from DoPS after his high hit on Anthony Peluso. Kings gave up 3 goals on 3 shots to start the game. They battled back, as expected, scoring four straight, and took the Jets to a shootout. LA did not prevail, but Jonathan Quick made a Hasek-esque save on Mathieu Perreault: