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NHL’s Three stars of the night for Wednesday: Perry, Holtby, Pacioretty

1. Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks | 3 Goals, +3, 6 SOG, 16:58 | Perry recorded his third hat trick of the season, netting goals 16, 17, and 18 on the season, in the Ducks 4-0 shutout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. When the Ducks top line of Perry and Ryan Getzlaf were on the ice, they dominated possession as Anaheim had 18 shot attempts 5 v 5 with Perry on the ice and just 6 against. The star winger posted a 75 CF% 5 v 5. | Game Recap ANA 4 – TOR 0 |

2. Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens | 2 Goals, 7 SOG, 22:02 TOI | – In a game the Canadiens were outplayed, Max Pacioretty scored two power play goals, including the go-ahead goal with 4:37 left in regulation off a redirect from forward Tomas Plekanec to lead the Canadiens past the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2. Montreal scored three straight power play goals in the third period after trailing 2-0 with nine minutes left in regulation. Pacioretty is 8th in goals (20) and 5th in the NHL in plus/minus (+22). | Game Recap MTL 3 – CLB 2 |

3. G Brayden Holtby, Washington Capitals | 21 Save Shutout | – The surging Washington Capitals moved three points out of first place with a 1-0 shutout win over the Philadephia Flyers. Holtby making his 20th start in 21 games, recorded his fourth shutout of the season with a 21 save performance. Holtby improves to 22-8-7 on the season with a 2.24 GAA and .924 save percentage. The Capitals are 14-2-4 in their last 20 games | Game Recap WAS 1 – PHI 0 |

Stat of the night
*The Capitals held an opponent to 25 or fewer shots for the 12th time this season, matching their total from the previous two seasons combined — Source:

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