NHL Three Stars: Hossa goes 1000; Stamkos snipes; MacKinnon (finally) scores

 No. 1 Star: Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago winger notched his 1,000th point as part of a one goal, one assist night in Chicago’s 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa. Finished second amongst Hawks forwards with 20:37 of ice-time.

No. 2 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Stamkos fired two goals and added an assist in Tampa’s 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

No. 2 Star: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Avalanche sophomore notched his first two goals of the season in Colorado’s 5-0 victory over the Islanders.

Honorable mention: St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen made 24 saves in shutting out the Anaheim Ducks … Chicago captain Jonathan Toews recorded two goals … Hawks goaltender Scott Darling won his second career NHL game, pulling out his first career NHL shootout win … Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson played 30:56 in the shootout loss … Winnipeg defenseman Toby Enstrom picked up his eighth assist, which tied him for second amongst blueliners … Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his second shutout of the year with 36 saves against Los Angeles … Boston’s Brad Marchand scored two goals, including the game winner over the Sabres … Buffalo’s Drew Stafford scored a goal and added an assist …  Florida netminder Roberto Luongo stopped 32 of 33 Arizona Coyotes shots on goal in victory … Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves … Avalanche center Matt Duchene notched two assists … Daniel Sedin from Henrik Sedin is a beautiful thing. 

Did you know?: The New Jersey Devils won their first shootout since March 10, 2013. They had lost 18 straight before Thursday.  

Dishonorable mention: Arizona’s Mike Smith lost his fourth game in his last five contests, this one to the hapless Florida Panthers …  The Islanders Chad Johnson made just 18 saves on 23 Colorado shots on goal … The Bruins were 6:30 away from losing to the Buffalo Sabres before Marchand’s third period goal. Boston won the game in overtime … Meanwhile the Sabres fired just 15 shots on goal … According to eye-witness Twitter reports, Evgeni Malkin and Justin Williams fought, but both were assessed roughing minors.

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