No. 1 Star: Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Just another 2-point night for the one they call ‘Hoss’. He does score a goal, but his most impressive move of the night was an assist on David Rundblad’s goal where Hossa deftly keeps the puck onside to set up the score:
No. 2 Star: Michael Hutchinson, Winnipeg Jets
What a revelation the young goaltender for the Jets has been. He pitched a 4-0 shut-out for Winnipeg against Columbus, stopping all 29 shots sent his way. With Sergei Bobrovsky likely out of the All-Star Game, he’d be a great choice to take his place. Hutchinson is second in save-percentage at .935 and third with 1.90 GAA.
No. 3 Star: Ryan O’Reilly, Colorado Avalanche
Still think the Avs are serious about moving O’Reilly at the deadline? A lot of teams wouldn’t mind having his services. With 1:35 left in the third and the goaltender pulled, O’Reilly scored the game-tying goal against Tuukka Rask.
Honorable Mention: Pittsburgh made it interesting against Chicago by overcoming a 2 goal deficit to tie the game in the second period. The bout went all the way to the shoot-out where Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane netted the only goals. Congrats to Pittsburgh’s Zach Sill for scoring his first NHL goal in the loss … Dustin Byfuglien and Ben Chiarot were plus-3 against the Blue Jackets … Colorado and Boston went to the shoot-out with Nate MacKinnon scoring the only goal … The woes of the Leafs continue as they lose 4-3 to Ottawa. Jake Gardiner recorded the only multi-point night for Toronto. Erik Karlsson had 2 goals in 25:03 TOI; one of his goals came on this beauty of an exchange with Mike Hoffman:
… Playing with the flu, Frederik Andersen backstopped the Ducks to a 6-3 victory over Calgary. Ben Lovejoy, Corey Perry, and Nate Thompson each recorded multi-point nights … It was Metallica night in San Jose! Logan Couture had 2 goals and an assist in the Sharks 4-2 win against Los Angeles. The best goal of the game came on the power play:
Did You Know: The Flames have lost in Anaheim for 20 consecutive games.
Dishonorable Mention: Pittsburgh was without the services of Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin. Letang has experienced ‘concussion like symptoms’ in the wake of the hit he received from Zac Rinaldo the previous game. Malkin was a late scratch for unknown reasons. He will not attend the All-Star Game … Sergei Bobrovski had to leave the game against Winnipeg due to injury; he’ll be re-evaluated on Thursday … After giving up 4 goals on 11 shots, Flames goalie Joni Ortio was replaced by Jonas Hiller in net. Mason Raymond was a minus-4 … Somehow Dion Phaneuf and Milan Michalek ended up with the same amount of penalty minutes from this exchange: