NHL Three Stars: Monahan’s exciting 4 point night; Sabres 3 goal third sink Habs

No. 1 Star: Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames

Monahan earned the first four point night of his career against the Carolina Hurricanes. The forward had 1 goal and 3 assists in the Flames 4-1 win over Carolina. Monahan and the Flames didn’t need much help, the ‘Canes did damage to themselves.

No. 2 Star: Robin Lehner, Buffalo Sabres

 The netminder earned his second win of the season in the Sabres comeback 4-2 victory against the sinking Montreal Canadiens. Of his 33 saves, 14 of them came in the third period as the Habs furiously tried to keep the Sabres from scoring. (Spoiler: They couldn’t.)

No. 3 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

In a relatively boring game between the “rivals” (per NBCSN), Kucherov assisted on Tyler Johnson’s go-ahead goal and the scored final goal for the Lighting in their 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Honorable Mention: Buffalo scored 3 goals in the third period, overcoming a 2-1 deficit against Montreal. There was one bright moment for the Habs. Watch Alex Galchenyuk score a beautiful goal:

… Lightning went 2-for-3 on the power play against Detroit … Jiri Hudler and Johnny Gaudreau on a line with Monahan had 2-points each.

Did You Know? Ben Bishop picked up win No. 100 as a member of the Lightning after his team beat the Red Wings Wednesday night.

Dishonorable Mention: The Habs are sinking, terribly quickly. Before they went ahead 2-1, the team looked like they were ready to self-destruct. They got the lead then lost it. Are the vultures circling? … T.J. Brodie took a shot above the knee towards the end of the second period. He attempted to give it a go, but went to the locker room before the end of the period. Brodie did not return. Referees working in Calgary are going down left and right. Mike Leggo took a puck to the face – on accident – and left the game: