NHL 3 Stars: Campbell leads Bruins; Duchene, Avalanche stun Ducks

Photo of the night, courtesy the great Bruce Bennett.

No. 1 Star: Gregory Campbell, Boston Bruins

Campbell doubled his goal total on the season, scoring twice in the first period of the Bruins' 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils. His first goal was the product of some fabulous work by Jaromir Jagr, who fended off four Devils to get a shot on goal before Campbell shovelled home the rebound:

No. 2 Star: Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

Pressed into action after Cory Schneider came down with the flu (or a poisoning from a frustrated Italian netminder looking to get a rare start), Luongo reminded the Canucks that he's still pretty good, making 40 saves in a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames. Thank goodness he played well. Pulling him wasn't really an option, with university student Dustin Butler on an emergency contract on the bench.

No. 3 Star: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche

Maybe the Avalanche were energized by J.S. Giguere's strong words the night prior. Maybe the Anaheim Ducks just played poorly. Whatever it was, they had a great showing versus Anaheim, led by Duchene, who contributed a goal and an assist in a 4-1 victory.

Honourable mention: Phil Kessel scored twice, but it wasn't enough, as Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers skated away with a 3-2 shootout win. Lundqvist made 23 saves, 3 of which came on this sequence late in overtime:

... He didn't get the shutout I predicted, but Mike Smith stopped 29 of 30 to stick the Edmonton Oilers with a 3-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Did You Know? The Coyotes' win was just their third regulation road win of the year.

Dishonourable mention: Rough night for Jonas Hiller, who was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 16 shots, although in his defence, the entire Ducks team deserved to get pulled in this one... Anton Volchenkov will be getting a phone call from Brendan Shanahan after elbowing Brad Marchand in the head.

What to read next

By using Yahoo you agree that Yahoo and partners may use Cookies for personalisation and other purposes