No. 1 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
The netminder made 40 saves in the Kings shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Perhaps his most impressive save of the game came in said shootout against Nick Bonino. Quick stopped the puck with his glove behind his back.
No. 2 Star: Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers
A total of 12 goals were scored in the Oilers 7-5 victory against the New York Rangers. On Glen Slather appreciation night, the Rangers came back three times before Edmonton finally took over. Hall scored 4 points (2G, 2A). His second goal ended up as the game winner and it came 13 seconds after Rick Nash tied the game at 5-5:
No. 3 Star: Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey Devils
Palmieri assisted on Sergey Kalinin’s game tying power play goal in the third period. In overtime, Palmieri netted his 13th goal of the season on an alley-oop play:
Honorable Mention: Evgeni Malkin tied the for the Penguins with 1:10 left in the third period. Marian Gaborik sealed the shootout victory for LA in the fourth round … Leon Draisaitl recorded 4 assists against the Rangers … Jeff Skinner earned a hat trick in the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 trouncing of the Anaheim Ducks … Mikkel Boedker scored both goals for the Arizona Coyotes in their 2-1 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild. Boedker’s first goal was a beauty of a breakout:
… Corey Crawford nabbed the shut-out in the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Patrick Kane extended his scoring streak to 25 games with his power play goal … With goal No. 20, Jamie Benn took over as the top goal scorer in the NHL. The Stars beat the Flyers 3-1 on a 44 shot performance.
Did You Know?
Lauri Korpikoski becomes the 52nd different player in #Oilers history to record a Hat Trick.
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) December 12, 2015
Dishonorable Mention: Zach Parise took an ill advised penalty in overtime leading to Boedker’s game-winning power play goal … Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after surrendering two early goals in the third period … Detroit went up 2-0 on the Devils on the power play before New Jersey put up 3 straight goals for the win … Jordan Nolan was not happy with the linesman and pushed him away. Might cost him some cash:
… Anaheim’s Nate Thompson received a five minute major and a game misconduct for elbowing Justin Faulk. John Gibson was relieved of his goaltending duties to start the third period. Frederik Andersen played in his first game in 20 days, giving up 1 goal … Max Domi is going to need some spa time and probably a facial after the game against Minnesota:
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