March 23rd, 2013, 01:50 AM #1
NHL Three Stars: Abdelkader’s career night powers Red Wings (PuckDaddy)
No. 1 Star: Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings
Abdelkader had a monster night in the Red Wings’ 5-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. He had a hat trick, with one goal in the first and two in the second, and assisted on Johan Franzen’s third-period goal for a 4-point night. It was his first career trick.
No. 2 Star: Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets
Foligno scored two goals in 51 seconds during the second period to give the Jackets a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, as Columbus pushed its franchise record points steak to 12 games with a 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames.
No. 3 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
The Caps goalie made 30 saves as his team swept two games in Winnipeg, this time in a 6-1 rout. Alex Ovechkin had two goals.
Honorable Mention: The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Islanders, 4-2, thanks to Chris Kunitz’s 19th goal and two points each from Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. Tomas Vokoun made 33 saves. … Josh Bailey scored his fourth for the Isles. … Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen each had a goal and two assists. … Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves in the win.
Did You Know? Datsyuk extended the Red Wings' streak of consecutive games with a power-play goal to six. (AP)
Dishonorable Mention: Minus-3s for the Ducks includes Bryan Allen, Luca Sbisa and Daniel Winnik. … Viktor Fasth was chased after giving up three goals on 11 shots. … Ondrej Pavelec was chased after giving up three goals on nine shots. … Michael Cammalleri, Blake Comeau and Alex Tanguay were all a minus-3. … Brad Boyes and Matt Moulson were also minus-3.