Cody McLeod: 30 PIMs, ejection, named first star

Watch as a bleeding Jason Demers from the Dallas Stars chases Avalanche winger Cody McLeod to the bench and gets payback.

OK, so the NHL’s Three Stars given out at the end of each game isn’t the most scientific measure of how well a player performed. But they generally reward a guy for scoring a goal, getting a shutout or making a key play at a crucial point in the game. These players are highlighted in the boxscore of the game on the NHL’s website.

It’s not a literal ranking of the top three players in the game – but it’s also not supposed to be a mockery.

But that’s what it was Saturday night in Colorado. Despite a spirited 4-1 win by the home side Avalanche over the Dallas Stars – who first pulled their goalie with around nine minutes left of a 3-1 game – somehow, for some reason, Cody McLeod was named the first star of the game. He must have scored a goal, recorded an assist or made an important play, right?

McLeod’s line: Zero goals, zero assists, 30 penalty minutes, 8:58 of ice time.

In fact, McLeod was ejected partway into the third period after an altercation with Jason Demers, which can be seen above. It really fired up the crowd, but being named first star for fighting twice and making a guy bleed (likely by accident)?

Embarrassing. Save it for the bush leagues.