NHL Three Stars: Hats off for Colborne, Panik; OEL in OT

No. 1 Star: Joe Colborne, Colorado Avalanche

The Dallas Stars were up 2-0 on Colorado by the seven minute mark of the first period. That’s when the Avs decided to wake up. From the middle of the first to the middle of the second the Avalanche scored five straight goals with Colborne recording his first career NHL hat trick. Dallas almost came all the way back, but ultimately lost 6-5. It’s the first win behind the bench for Colorado coach Jared Bednar.

No. 2 Star: Richard Panik, Chicago Blackhawks

In a back-to-back, home-and home with the Nashville Predators, Panik scored his first NHL hat trick in the Blackhawks’ 5-3 victory. His second goal was originally credited to Marian Hossa – which would have been his 500th – but the scorers corrected the tally.

No. 3 Star: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes scored all types of goals in their 4-3 OT win against the Philadelphia Flyers. A power play goal by Shane Doan, an even-strength goal by Martin Hanzal, a short-handed goal by Brad Richardson, and to top it off, an overtime goal by OEL.

Honorable Mention: The Minnesota Wild were booed off home ice after allowing two goals by the Winnipeg Jets in 1:11 at the end of the first period. Bruce Boudreau peeled some paint during intermission. The Wild scored four in a row in the second and third. The team earned Boudreau’s first win behind the bench of the Wild, and Eric Staal picked up his first goal with the franchise … The New Jersey Devils went up 2-0 early on the Tampa Bay Lighting. The Bolts tied it up in the second on goals by Steven Stamkos and Alex Kilorn. Andy Greene thought he’d put the Devils ahead; however, Tampa challenged the play as being offsides and the Situation Room agreed. Valtteri Filppula scored the game winner 5:43 into the third … In the Washington Capitals 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders, Daniel Winnik scored both goals for the Caps. His second was a beauty on a breakaway (aided by Travis Harmonic falling) … Connor Brown and Mitch Marner recorded the first goals of their respective NHL careers in the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Frederik Andersen earned his first win as a Leaf … The Ottawa Senators ended the first period with a 2-0 lead over the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs clawed their way back into it and eventually took the lead on two goals from Jeff Petry and the first goal of Artturi Lehkonen’s NHL career. Tom Pyatt tied it up with two and a half to go. Ottawa came out on top in the shootout by, who else but Mr. Everything, Erik Karlsson … Jonathan Marchessault had a goal and two assists for the Florida Panthers in the 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings … Ian Cole, Connor Sheary and Phil Kessel each picked up their first goals of the season the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Corey Perry also earned his first goal picking up his own rebound off Marc-Andre Fleury and going top shelf … The San Jose Sharks were up 2-0 on the Columbus Blue Jackets until 3:42 into the third period when Zach Werenski earned his first NHL goal on the power play. With seconds remaining and the Sharks on the power play, Patrick Marleau extended San Jose’s lead back to two. Nine second later, Josh Anderson made it 3-2, but it was too little, too late … The St. Louis Blues improved to 3-0-0 on a 33 save performance by backup netminder Carter Hutton. Vladimir Tarasenko notched his third goal of the season in the Blues 3-2 win over the New York Rangers … After a terrible start resulting in an own goal, the Vancouver Canucks rallied to tie the game in late in the third. Taking it to the shootout, Brandon Sutter was the only skater that scored for the Canucks win. He also took out an official but made sure to apologize. Via Steph:


Did You Know? The St. Louis Blues did not record a single shot on goal in the third period against the Rangers and still won the game.

Dishonorable Mention: Loui Eriksson scored an own-goal during a delayed penalty against the Flames … AUSTON MATTHEWS DIDN’T SCORE! WHYYYYY?! David Backes was not available to reporters following the Bruins loss. It was reported he had a hand injury after fighting Nazem Kadri in the first period. Here’s the scrap courtesy of our friends at HockeyFights.com:

… Dylan Larkin a minus-4 against Florida … Trevor van Riemsdyk was a healthy scratch. Ryan Hartman and Anthony Bitetto did not play after being injured in separate incidents in Friday’s matchup … You know that old hockey cliche ‘he’s going to want that one back’? Yeah, Jonathan Bernier is going to want to have this one back against the Penguins.

… Carl Gunnarson, Kyle Brodziak, and Jori Lehtera did not return for St. Louis  and Dan Girardi did not return for the Rangers to start the third period. Despite the Blues injuries, Ryan Reeves only played 4:55 … Coyotes rookie Jakob Chychrun is incredibly lucky after colliding with the end boards on an extremely delayed icing call. He was helped off the ice and miraculously returned later in the third. Via Steph, the second GIF in slo-mo is really scary: