NHL Three Stars: Sharp helps Hawks to Ducks road sweep; Varly snarls Preds

No. 1 Star: Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks

Notched four assists in Chicago’s 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks to give the Hawks a road sweep over the Pacific Division leaders. Sharp now has nine points in his last five games. It’s the third time in his career he has picked up four assists in a game.

No. 2. Star: Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche

Stopped 23 of 23 Nashville shots on goal to defeat the Central Division leading Predators. The win for Colorado kept the Avalanche within playoff striking distance – just two points back of Calgary for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. It was Varlamov’s fourth shutout of the season and moved his save percentage up to .922.

No. 3 Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Scored two goals and added an assist in Chicago’s win over the Ducks. Kane now has 56 points in 49 games played to move him into second overall in the NHL’s scoring race. He’s just two behind Jakub Voracek for the league lead. 

Honorable Mention: David Backes scored a goal in the Blues’ win over Carolina. Alex Pietrangelo picked up an assist. Teammate Ryan Reaves scored a goal … Ryan Murphy and Justin Faulk each scored for the Hurricanes … Devils goaltender Cory Schneider stopped 41 of 43 Pittsburgh shots on goal in an OT loss to the Penguins … Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang notched two assists in the Penguins win … Pittsburgh defenseman Simon Despres scored the OT winner … Colorado’s Jarome Iginla notched his 1,200th career NHL point … Buffalo’s Chris Stewart scored two goals … Vancouver’s Nick Bonino scored a goal … Chicago’s Corey Crawford stopped 21 of 22 Anaheim shots on goal in Chicago’s victory over the Ducks … Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin notched two assists in a win over Buffalo … Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller stopped 20 of 22 shots on goal in his first game against the Sabres, one of his former teams … Carolina goaltender Cam Ward stopped all 29 shots on goal he faced in relief of Anton Khudobin, but still lost in the shootout to the Blues. 

Did You Know?: Letang’s 16 points in January are the third most by a Penguins blueliner in this month in the team’s hstory behind Paul Coffey (22 in 1989 and 17 in 1990).  

Dishonorable Mention: Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm was a minus-3. Teammate Seth Jones was a minus-2. Nashville fell to 2-2-2 with Pekka Rinne injured … Anaheim’s Cam Fowler and Clayton Stoner were each a minus-2. Teammate Ryan Getzlaf was a minus-3 … Sabres All-Star Zemgus Girgensons scored a goal but was a minus-2 … Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was a minus-3. The Sabres have lost 14 games in a row … Khudobin was yanked after allowing two scores on three shots on goal.

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