No. 1 star: Jonathan Drouin, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Drouin (2G-3A, +4) took first-star honours at the Metro Centre ahead of hat-trick scorer Nathan MacKinnon (3G-1A, +3) during the Mooseheads' 6-4 Game 1 semifinal-series win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
The elegant left wing turned it on over the final two periods on a night when the underdog Huskies twice erased two-goal deficits, as both of his goals put Halifax into the lead. After Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov (2G-1A, +1) pulled Rouyn-Noranda level at 2-2 in the second period, Drouin blazed away on a breakaway and drew a penalty shot after being slashed. The 18-year-old who's likely going to be a top-five pick in a deep 2013 NHL draft fed MacKinnon for another goal a few minutes later.
The Huskies tied the game on a 5-on-3 power play early in the third period. Pas de problem for Les Mooseheads; Drouin banged in the winner of a setup from Martin Frk with 11:02 remaining. That assist on the winning goal was redemption for Frk (1G-2A, +2). The Detroit Red Wings prospect had taken three earlier minor penalties, including one that helped create the 4-4 goal.Read More »from Halifax Mooseheads’ Jonathan Drouin nets 5 points in Game 1 win: Saturday’s 3 Stars