No. 1 Star: Scott Hartnell, Columbus Blue Jackets
Hartnell scored three goals in his team’s 7-1 drubbing of the Pittsburgh Penguins. With the win, the Blue Jackets now have 48 points – tops in the Metropolitan Division and tied for first in the NHL. Columbus has scored at least seven goals three times this season. The hat trick was Hartnell’s ninth of his career.
Dubnyk got the best of Carey Price in a highly anticipated match-up between the two superstar netminders, stopping 32 of 34 shots on goal as the Wild beat the Canadiens 4-2. Price allowed three goals on 26 shots on goal. Dubnyk is in the middle of a career-high win streak (eight games) and point streak (12 games). He improved to 17-6-3 with a 1.57 goal-against average and .948 save percentage. The Wild tied a franchise record with their ninth straight win.
Drouin scored two goals and added an assist to lead his team to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. The 21-year-old has been heating up this month with 13 points in nine games. The Lightning have won their last two games by the combined score of 9-3.
Honorable Mention: Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter scored a goal in his team’s 4-0 win over the Nashville Predators. … Kings forward Anze Kopitar notched an assist for his 700th point of his NHL career. … Los Angeles goaltender Peter Budaj stopped all 28 Nashville shots on goal. … Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron scored his fifth goal of the season in a 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers. … Bruins defenseman Torey Krug notched his 14th and 15th assists. … Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped 29 of 30 shots on goal in the win. …With an assist, Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr moved ahead of Mark Messier into second on the NHL’s all-time points list with 1,888. … Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman notched three assists and played 22:55. … Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula notched two assists. … Lightning forward Alex Killorn scored his 11th goal of the season. … Blues forward David Perron scored his ninth goal of the season. … Ottawa Senators goaltender Mike Condon stopped 24 of 25 shots on goal in a 2-1 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks. … Senators forward Mike Hoffman scored the overtime winner on the power play. … Jakob Silfverberg scored the Ducks’ only goal. … Wild forward Eric Staal scored the game-winner shorthanded in the third period. The goal was Staal’s 11th on the season. He had just 13 all last year. … Minnesota forward Jason Zucker scored a goal and added an assist. … Wild forward Mikael Granlund notched two assists. … Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter notched one assist and was a plus-3 in 29:27 of action. … Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky notched two assists. … Columbus forward Brandon Saad scored his 12th goal of the season. … Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson notched his team-leading 34th point on a first period goal. …Columbus forward Sam Gagner notched two assists. … Penguins forward Sidney Crosby scored his 23rd goal of the season. … New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider stopped all 16 Philadelphia Flyers shots on goal in a 4-0 win. This broke a seven-game losing streak for New Jersey. It was also Schneider’s first shutout of the season. … Devils forwards Adam Henrique each scored a goal and added an assist. … New Jersey forward Kyle Palmieri scored his fifth goal of the season . … Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward stopped 22 of 23 shots on goal in a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. … Carolina forward Jeff Skinner scored his 13th goal of the season. … Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk scored his sixth goal of the season. … Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped all 38 Colorado Avalanche shots on goal in a 6-0 win. It was his first shutout with his new team. … Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews scored his 16th goal of the season. He has six goals in nine games this December … Toronto forward Nazem Kadri scored two goals. … Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk scored a goal and added an assist. … Toronto forward Mitch Marner notched two assists. … Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers scored two goals and added one assist in a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. … Winnipeg forward Patrik Laine scored his 19th goal of the season. … Jets forward Mark Scheifele notched an assist.
Did you know? Faulk scored his 12th career game-winning goal to move into sole possession of first place amongst Carolina blue liners, passing Joe Corvo.
Dishonorable Mention: Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne allowed four goals on 25 shots on goal. … Canadiens forward Alexander Radulov was a minus-3. … Pittsburgh forward Bryan Rust along with defensemen Brian Dumoulin and Ian Cole were all minus-3. … Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray allowed six goals on 23 shots on goal. … Flyers goaltender Steve Mason was pulled after allowing two goals on eight shots on goal. … The Flyers have lost three of their last four games following their 10-game winning streak. … Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov was yanked after allowing five goals on 18 shots on goal. … Avalanche defenseman Patrick Wiercioch was a minus-3. … Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller allowed four goals on 25 shots on goal. … The Blues have won two of their last seven games.
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