NHL Three Stars: Hossa leads ‘Hawks late; Price’s acrobatics beat Bruins

No. 1 Star: Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks

St. Louis came back from a one-goal deficit twice in the tilt versus Chicago. In the third period, Hossa paired up with Brandon Saad to score the go-ahead goal, and the empty-netter to ice it for Chicago. Here’s the power play goal putting the Blackhawks up 3-2:

No. 2 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

The Habs swept the season series against the Bruins thanks to another great performance from Price. He made 34 saves in Montreal’s 3-1 victory, including this awesome spin-o-swatter save.

No. 3 Star: Carter Hutton, Nashville Predators

After giving up two goals in the second, Hutton held on as the Preds mounted a comeback scoring two power play goals in the third on Roberto Luongo. The two squads went to the shoot-out, and Hutton stopped 2-of-4 shots against to put Nashville back in the top spot in the NHL.

Honorable Mention: Brian Boyle scored 2 goals in the Lightning’s 5-3 win over Anaheim. The Ducks had a late rally, where Ryan Getzlaf scored the 200th goal of his career (or did he, Mr. Referee), but couldn’t get past Ben Bishop and the Bolts … The Blues took the loss, but daaamn Vladimir Tarasenko:

… Jason Spezza had a 3-point game for Dallas against the Rangers, scoring a goal and two assists. Spezza’s third point came on Ales Hemsky’s OT game winner … The Islanders were up 3-0 on Buffalo when the Sabres scored 2 straight. It wouldn’t be enough as Jaroslav Halak earned his 28th win of the season … Claude Giroux’s goal and assist gave the Flyers a 2-1 victory against Washington. Alex Ovechkin scored a power play goal to bring him to 33 on the season, tying him with Rick Nash.

Did You Know: The Sabres matched a franchise low 10 shots on goal against the Islanders.

Dishonorable Mention: The Stars ended up winning in overtime, but they would have won in regulation if it wasn’t for this massive brain fart by Kari Lehtonen in the closing seconds of the third period leading to Chris Kreider’s tying goal:

… Philly’s Steve Mason injured himself during a TV timeout and had to leave the game … Carrie Underwood’s baby daddy (Mike Fisher) decreased Erik Gudbranson’s chances of having children thanks to this shot to his special purpose … Scary moment for the Ducks, goaltender Frederik Andersen leaves game after being hit in the back of the head by a falling crossbar: