NHL Three Stars: Capitals, Canucks win in OT; Penguins deflate Red Wings


No. 1 Star: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

Sedin’s early goal put the Canucks up 4-2 on a very un-Blackhawks looking Blackhawks team. Chicago managed to battle back and send the game in to OT. The Sedins teamed up for the only shot-on-goal in the overtime session, and they made it count:

No. 2 Star: Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks

Hossa was almost the hero on ‘Marian Hossa Scarf Giveaway Night’ (natch) as he scored 2 goals. The first came on the power play to bring the Blackhawks within one of Vancouver. The second arrived with 55-seconds left in the game to tie it at 4-4. Here’s the goal:

No. 3 Star: Jay Beagle, Washington Capitals

Jay Beagle’s 3-point night included 2 goals and an assist against the San Jose Sharks. The assist came on Joel Ward’s overtime winner:

Honorable Mention: Marc Andre-Fleury earned his 26th win of the season stopping 23 Red Wings shots in the Penguins 4-1 victory. Blake Comeau and Patric Hornqvist each scored a goal and an assist, and were a plus-2. Hornqvist’s goal came after Kris Letang sent a shot off the boards behind the Detroit net and it bounced right to Hornqvist:

… Patrick Kane continues to make his case for MVP as he notched another 3-point night with his 27th goal of the season plus 2 assists. Eddie Lack got the nod for Vancouver making 37 saves in the win. Kris Vertseeg played in this first game since breaking his hand in the Winter Classic … San Jose’s John Scott was credited with 7 hits in 7:51 of ice time (home town scoring?). Brent Burns scored 2 goals, one on the power play and one full strength, in 22-seconds:

Did You Know? Sidney Crosby played in his 600th regular season NHL game on Wednesday night. Not including post season numbers, he’s scored 291 goals, 594 assists for 825 points; 1.38 points/game. Not bad considering the amount of time he’s missed with injury.

Dishonorable Mention: Vancouver held Chicago to 22 shots combined in the first two periods; in the third period, the ‘Hawks threw 19 on net leading to a 2-goal comeback. Radim Vrbata allowed Andrew Shaw to get under his skin in the final 3:35 and took a bad roughing penalty leading to Hossa’s power play goal … Petr Mrazek gave up 4 goals on 15 shots in 2 periods of play; he was replaced in the third by Jimmy Howard, making his first appearance in a month since suffering a groin tear. Howard stopped all 4 shots he faced.