No. 1 Star: Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks
The Nashville Predators’ tormentor was at it again, scoring two third-period goals to give the Canucks a 3-1 win. He now has 14 on the year and back-to-back 2-goal games.
No. 2 Star: Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars
The Stars goalie turned away 47 of 50 shots on the road, as the Stars won at the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3. Antoine Roussel scored the game-winner on a penalty shot. Alex Chiasson scored his eighth.
No. 3 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Sid’s unassisted wrist shot beat Anders Nilsson at 3:44 of overtime as the Penguins topped the New York Islanders, 3-2. Crosby now has 15 goals on the season, having previously scored to force OT. Evgeni Malkin had two assists in the win.
Honorable mention: Mike Ribeiro and Mikael Boedker had 3-point nights as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 6-2. … Kings rookie Martin Jones, making his first NHL start, stopped all nine shots he faced in the shootout as LA bested their rivals the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2. Dwight King had the game-winner in the skills competition. … Kyle Okposo had two goals for the Isles. … Sergei Bobrovsky made 17 saves before leaving with an injury, but Curtis McElhinney took the Columbus Blue Jackets all the way to the 1-0 shutout over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Nick Foligno had the outstanding goal for the Jackets. … Brad Staurt had the game-winner and Logan Couture added he empty netter, as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2. … Jeff Skinner scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes rolled to a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Justin Peters made 26 saves. … The Ottawa Senators scored four straight goals, including Bobby Ryan’s 14th, as they defeated the Florida Panthers, 4-2.
Did You Know? Phil Kessel scored goal No. 200 in his career, and the 15th goal of the season for the Leafs.
Dishonorable mention: Justin Schultz and Jesse Joensuu were minus-3. … The Lightning have been shut out in back to back games. … Braden Holtby gave up at least three soft goals among his four surrendered before being pulled. … Morgan Reilly was a minus-3. … Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johnansson were minus-3 for the Capitals. … Scottie Upshall was whistled for three minor penalties. … Finally, the Panthers announced a crowd of 10,074 fans, “the lowest home ‘announced’ crowd since Halloween 2008 -- 10,063” according to George Richards, who tweeted this before the game:
Antoine Roussel of the Dallas Stars had a rather eventful night at the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
His fast-fisted fight with Andrew Shaw nearly took out a pair of linesmen in the first period. He elbowed Jonathan Toews in the second period, leading to a Patrick Sharp power-play goal that helped spark a three-goal Blackhawks rally.
Then, at 3:01 of the third period, Roussel earned a penalty shot against Corey Crawford, beating the Chicago goalie for the eventual game winner … and then taunting the United Center after his tally.
“I usually know what I’m gonna do, but I’m still looking in case something opens up. I used the Fiddler move. It was perfect,” said Roussel after the 4-3 win, referencing teammate Vernon Fiddler’s shootout move.
Brad Gardner of Defending Big D didn’t appreciate the NBC analysts making Roussel the focus of criticism after the Blackhawks rallied … making the taunt all the sweeter:
It was a bunch of boozed up people in Chicago who couldn't figure out why their best-team-in-the-league was getting trolled by Antoine Roussel. And who could blame them? The Hawks dominated this one.
By the way, remember to send flowers to everyone at NBC Sports. Evidence would suggest that someone hit every one of their dogs with some large number of cars this evening as the outcome of this one became clear.
Ouch. A Rousellian taunt to NBC.
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Brandon Pirri sent down while some familiar faces come back.
The Blackhawks dig themselves out a three goal hole but drop their homecoming to the Stars 4-3.
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