Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 12/18/11
No. 1 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins Malkin tied a career high with five points as the Penguins steamrolled the Buffalo Sabres, 8-3. Malkin scored the third, fourth and seventh goals for the Pens, his seventh career hat trick; he assisted on goals by James Neal (his 18th) and Chris Kunitz. Malkin now has 15 goals on the season. No. 2 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators Rinne faced 40 St. Louis Blues shots and three more in the shootout. He turned aside all of them save for one T.J. Oshie goal on a 2-on-0 on a power play. Rinne and the Predators won in the skills competition, 2-1, thanks to a David Legwand goal. No. 3 Star: Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche The defenseman factored into both Avs goals in their 2-1 victory over the struggling Washington Capitals. Johnson had a secondary helper on Cody McLeod's first of the season, and then answered an Alex Semin goal in the second period with his first goal in 38 games. Jean-Sebastian Giguere made their goals stand up
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