NHL 3 Stars: Desharnais completes Habs comeback; 3-point night for Roy (PuckDaddy)
No. 1 Star: David Desharnais, Montreal Canadiens
Desharnais scored twice in the Canadiens' come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins. His second goal was the big one: A little over three minutes after Max Pacioretty had tied the game in the third period, Desharnais put the Canadiens up in the nasty affair for good.
No. 2 Star: Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres
After going down early to the St. Louis Blues, the Dallas Stars scored four unanswered for a 4-1 victory, and Roy was a part of three of them, with a goal and two assists.
No. 3 Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Kane was the difference in the Blackhawks' 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, even if he waited until the game was nearly over to be it. He scored the game-tying goal with just two minutes to go, then iced it in the shootout. I'd say he singlehandedly kept the Hawks' streak alive, except that Corey Crawford was pretty good too, making 32 saves.
Honourable mention: Jiri Hudler had 2 assists in the Calgary Flames 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks... Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice for the Florida Panthers, but they needed three. They fell 3-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes... Artem Anisimov scored the overtime winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets finished on top of the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1... John Tavares and Frans Nielsen scored for the New York Islanders in the shootout to give them a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. Tavares did so with that lovely Forsberg move that always looks so pretty when done properly:
... Rick Nash had a goal, an assist, and a shootout goal in the Rangers' 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres... Patrice Bergeron had a 3-point night in the Bruins' loss... Mikko Koivi was in on 3 of 4 goals in the Minnesota Wild's 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Meanwhile, Sam Gagner got credit for this Rube Goldberg device of a goal:
Did You Know? Marian Hossa played his 1000th NHL game Sunday.
Dishonourable mention: Patrick Kaleta is going to get suspended for his shove on Brad Richards... Cam Ward left the Hurricanes game with a leg injury, although that's not so much dishonourable as it is unfortunate... Zdeno Chara beating the stuffing out of Alexei Emelin was great:
Except that it eared him 17 minutes in penalties, and the Canadiens scored twice while he was out of commission to win the game... and me, because when I wrote "finished on top" in the honourable mentions I snickered. I'm nine, apparently.