No. 1 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Ovechkin finished just about halfway to an Ovechtrick versus the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring a whopping four goals in the Capitals 6-5 shootout win. Nicklas Backstrom was in on all 5 Capitals' goals, scoring one himself and adding 4 assists. We already shared Ovi's fourth, so here's the hat trick goal:
No. 2 Star: Martin Jones, Los Angeles Kings
The Kings haven't allowed a first-period goal since November 2nd, but they didn't allow a second or third-period goal either in their 6-0 rout of the Montreal Canadiens. Jones made 31 saves for the shutout, his second in a row.
No. 3 Star: Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Dubinsky had a four-point night in the Jackets' 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils, but after Ovechkin's four-goal game, one goal and 3 assists is like yawn.
Honorable mention: It took 10 shootout rounds, but the Buffalo Sabres got past the Ottawa Senators, 2-1… Rich Clune scored his first of the season as the Nashville Predators beat the New York Rangers, 4-1… The Florida Panthers stormed back from down two versus the Detroit Red Wings to win 3-2 in a shootout… Kevin Shattenkirk scored the powerplay winner as the St. Louis Blues edged the Winnipeg Jets, 2-1… Patrick Sharp scored twice in the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-2 drubbing of the Dallas Stars. His first goal came on an incredible pass from Duncan Keith:
… The Boston Bruins scored twice in the final 7 minutes to come from behind and beat the Calgary Flames 2-1, spoiling Jarome Iginla night… After squandering a three-goal lead versus the Carolina Hurricanes, Jordan Eberle's powerplay goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 5-4 win and saved the night... … Antoine Vermette scored twice as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Colorado Avalanche, 3-1. Check out Patrick Roy on Vermette's second:
A lot happened Tuesday night, but Roy's Hulk-mad reaction juxtaposed with another classic Mike Haynes no-sell may be my favourite moment of the evening.
Did You Know? The New York Islanders finally ended their 10-game losing streak, coming from behind to beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in a shootout.
Dishonorable mention: Come on, Florida… Carey Price was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 16 shots, but it wasn't really his fault. The Canadiens were bad, bad, bad in this one… The Flames just couldn't hold on to their one-goal lead versus the Bruins. And the night started so well… Fortunately, the Oilers blew an even bigger lead, I think in some sort of show of Albertan solidarity.
Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-Caption: "Matt Carkner #7 of the New York Islanders reacts against the Anaheim Ducks on December 9, 2013 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California."
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Preview: Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: New Jersey Devils at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Nashville Predators at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Detroit Red Wings at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets, 8 p.m. ET
Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m. ET
Preview: Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 p.m. ET
Preview: New York Islanders at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. ET
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...
1. Iggy comes home. Jarome Iginla returns to Calgary for the first time since he was traded at last year's deadline. He doesn't plan to get emotional, but that's easier said than done when you're an old dad: "As you get older, and maybe it's the kids, but maybe get a little more emotional."
2. Stephen Weiss also comes home, but no one really cares. It's his first game back in Florida since he… yeah, no one cares.
3. Raanta the treetops, Raanta the sky. Corey Crawford is out for 3 weeks. All hail Antti Raanta! Raanta won his last start, helping to end the Blackhawks' three-game losing streak. Can he continue to keep the team afloat until Crawford returns?
4. Do closed-door meetings work? Because the struggling Rangers, who have lost three straight at home, just had one. I love closed-door meetings. Whenever a team is struggling, they go into a room and shut the door, and… what? Purpose to try harder to win regularly? If these meetings really worked, the players should just close the door more often. If they win, expect the meeting to get a lot of love, although it might have something to do with the Predators' current struggles. They've dropped five in a row.
5. Islanders would like to win, please and thank you. The New York Islanders' losing streaks -- both road and overall -- hit double digits Monday night with their 10th straight loss versus the Anaheim Ducks. Now, with their morale at an all-time low, they face the San Jose Sharks, in San Jose, on the second night of a back-to-back. They picked a bad time to lose 10 in a row, is what I'm saying.
Bold Prediction: Islanders lose in a rout.
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Your collection of links and open thread for Thursday
Mauvaise deuxième période, certains problèmes persistent.
Darren Dreger has our new salary cap figure for 2014-15, and Jay Rosehill thinks you should just leave fighting alone.
In a game that most people who paid close attention to the recent winning streak were expecting, Montreal was blown out by Los Angeles, but was it really as bad a performance as it looked?
This game was more funny than anything else. The Los Angeles Kings laid a 6-0 beat down on the Montreal Canadiens.
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