No. 1 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
The NHL's top goal scorer entering 2012. Stamkos notched his fifth career hat trick with goals in each period, as the Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-2. Marty St. Louis assisted on each goal. Steve Downie had a goal and two assists. Here's the Stamkos trick:
No. 2 Star: Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
The Vezina campaign continues: Howard stopped all 31 shots he faced in a 3-0 Red Wings victory over the St. Louis Blues. It was his ninth career shutout, and he was especially good in scoreless first period. Johan Franzen scored his 15th in the win.
No. 3 Star: Bernie Parent, Philadelphia Flyers
With due respect to the NHL players who had impressive games on New Year's Eve: You're not a 66-year-old Hall of Famer who electrified 45,000 fans with six saves in 5:32.
Honorable mention: Matt Moulson had a goal and two assists while John Tavares and P.A. Parenteau had a goal and an assist, as the New York Islanders de...