NHL Three Stars: Hat tricks for Zuccarello, Weise; Hossa injured in loss to Wild

No. 1 Star: Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild

In a back and forth game, Koivu had 3 assists for the Wild in their 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. His final assist of the night came on Nino Niederreiter’s game winning goal a mere 32 seconds into the third period:

No. 2 Star: Dale Weise, Montreal Canadiens

Weise earned the first hat trick of his career in the Canadiens 6-2 dispatching of the Calgary Flames. Tomas Fleischmann and David Desharnais assisted on two of Weise’s three goals.

No. 3 Star: Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers

The Norwegian Hobbit picked his first career NHL hat trick in the New York Rangers 3-1 defeat of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Honorable Mention: Carl Soderberg scored with 32 seconds left in the game to bring the Colorado Avalanche within one of the Carolina Hurricanes. It would not be enough, though as the ‘Canes emerge victorious. Ryan Murphy and Kris Versteeg had two helpers each in the win. Colorado blocked 22 shots to the Hurricanes 6 … Buffalo Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark earned his first career NHL win against the Philadelphia Flyers. Ryan O’Reilly factored in all on all Sabres scoring with one goal on the power play and two assists. [American Hero] Jack Eichel scored the first goal of the game for the Sabres on a gorgeous wrist shot:

… Andrew Hammond earned his first win of the season as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-1. Erik Karlsson led the team in ice-time at 25:28. He was a plus-3 and picked up his 10th assist in as many games … Ryan McDonagh registered a team high 7 shots on goal. Peter Holland and Tyler Bozak returned to the lineup for Toronto. Bozak and Byron Froese were both 12 of 16 on the faceoff dot … Braden Holtby improved to 6-2-0 in the Washington Capitals 2-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets. T.J. Oshie was credited with 6 SOG. Oshie was robbed by Sergei Bobrovsky in the waning seconds of the first period:


… The Boston Bruins were 2 for 3 on the power play in the win over the Florida Panthers. Zdeno Chara had 2 points on the power play in his team high 26:19 TOI. Brad Marchand scored 2 goals before getting tossed for boarding … Jonathan Toews scored a short handed and even strength goal for the Blackhawks in the loss. Chicago’s power play was 1 for 1 and Minnesota’s was 1 for 2. Devan Dubnyk picked up the win to move his record to 7-2-0 on the season. Jason Zucker scored the first goal of the game 18 seconds after puck drop:

…The Habs improved to 10-2-0 on the season. Calgary kept pace with Montreal tying the game twice before the Canadiens scored four straight goals to put the game away. Michael Condon is proving to be a steady backup for Carey Price picking up the win with 30 saves … The Vancouver Canucks had a 3-0 lead after the first period and the Arizona Coyotes climbed their way back into it. Tobias Rieder brought the ‘Yotes within a goal but could not push the team past the finish line.

Rookie Jake McCann scored his fifth goal in nine games with the Canucks. The goal helped cement the 19-year-old’s place on the big club. Richard Bachman earned his first win of the season in the 28 save effort against Arizona. 

Did You Know? Fedor Tyutin was healthy scratched for the first time in five years (via @Aportzline).

Dishonorable Mention: Josh Gorges was assessed a 5 minute major and a 10 minute misconduct for boarding Matt Read at the end of the game. Wayne Simmonds defended his teammate’s honor earning a 10 minute misconduct. Vincent Lecavalier drew into the lineup for the second time this season and played a team low 6:58 … Matt Hunwick, James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri, Morgan Reilly, and Leo Komarov were the only minus players for the Leafs at minus-2 … Carolina’s Elias Lindholm did not return to the game due to a lower body injury suffered when he had his legs tangled up with one of the Avalanche on the play: 


 … Boston’s Marchand turned his great night upside-down by boarding Dmitry Kulikov with less than 3 minutes to go in the game. He was given a 5 minute major plus a 10 minute misconduct … Marian Hossa played 8:05 before sustaining a lower-body injury in the second period. Coach Q said he’s consider ‘day-to-day.’ Justin Fontaine left the game after making knee-to-knee contact with Andrew Desjardins:


 … Dennis Wideman and Kris Russell were both minus-3 for the Flames. Joni Ortio, starting in place of a banged up Jonas Hiller, gave up 6 goals on 31 shots … Mike Smith gave up 2 goals on 3 shots in 4:26 minutes before he was yanked in favor of Anders Lindback.