NHL Three Stars: Kopecky’s hat trick powers Panthers; Holtby blanks Canes (Puck Daddy)

No. 1 Star: Tomas Kopecky, Florida Panthers A wild game ended in 6-4 in favor of the Panthers over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins. Florida built up a 4-1 lead before allowing Pittsburgh to come back and tie it; but in the end it was Kopecky's first career hat trick that helped power the Panthers to the win. He also added an assist for a 4-point night. Brian Campbell and Tomas Fleischmann each chipped in a goal and two assists, while Scott Clemmensen stopped all 15 shots he faced in relief of Jose Theodore. No. 2 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals The pre-game story might have had to do with Alex Semin's visit, but Holtby was the man for the Caps making 33 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Carolina Hurricanes. The shutout was the fifth of Holtby's career. Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal and added an assist for Washington. No. 3 Star: Evander Kane, Winnipeg Jets Kane extended his point streak to eight games with two goals and an assist in Winnipeg's 4-3 win over the New York Rangers. His goal in the second period gave the Jets a 2-0 lead and his second of the evening would eventually stand as the game-winner just 20 seconds after Taylor Pyatt cut the Winnipeg lead to a goal midway through the third period. Olli Jokinen would score a pair of his own as the Jets finished their road trip 4-1-0

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