Third Star-Ryan Johansen
Johansen didn’t score a goal or record a point but did he ever step up his game. One ailing factor of his game was his face-off statistics. Coming into the contest Johansen was dreadful in the face-off zone. When the 60 minutes were up, he was ahead of Brandon Dubinsky. For that alone, he gets the third star. But it wasn’t just the face-offs. Ryan looked relevant in the offensive zone, seeming engaged and a threat throughout the game.
Second Star- Boone Jenner
Boo(oooooo)ne Jenner had the best game of his young NHL career. With family in the stands, he put on a show. Like Johansen, he didn’t score or record a point. But Jenner had the puck on his stick throughout the night, looking to score, find a teammate flying through the zone, stickhandle through the Detroit D. He showed his elite offensive ability by being the threat we all thought he could be.
First Star- Cam Atkinson
Uh, who did you think I’d pick? And his (oh my god, did I just see that?!) goal was just the icing on the cake. Atkinson carried the Columbus Blue Jackets on his back all game long. The speedy winger was flying through the ice testing Detroit goaltender Jonas Gustavsson for 6 shots. His goal was a 100% individual effort. Cam picked up the puck in the Columbus zone, carried it through the neutral zone. When a Detroit defender stepped up to back check, Atikinson simply turned his back, carried the puck at body’s length and bulled his way to the net. Once there he got a couple of whacks at the puck, eventually getting the puck past Gustavsson before the net was dislodged.
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