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Friday’s Three Stars: Brassard wins it for Blue Jackets in overtime; Halak blanks Kings

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Check out the very different reactions of the guy in the Canada jersey and the lady beside him.

No. 1 Star: Derek Brassard, Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets accomplished a rare feat on Friday, at least for them. For only the second time this season, they entered the third period of a game trailing by a goal and won. The hero of the hour was Brassard, who scored midway through the second, then added the 3-2 overtime winner to give Columbus the victory over the Anaheim Ducks 3:55 into overtime:

No. 2 Star: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames

Iginla assisted on the Flames' opening goal and scored the insurance marker halfway through the third as Calgary knocked off the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1. It was Chicago's sixth straight road loss. The Blackhawks should, like, knock it off.

No. 3 Star: Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues

Did I not tell you this was going to be a low-scoring game? Sure enough, the Blues knocked off the Los Angeles Kings 1-0. Jamie Langenbrunner scored the lone goal at 8:38 of the second period and Halak made 22 saves for his fifth shutout of the season.

Honorable mention: Teemu Selanne scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season in Anaheim's loss to Columbus... He didn't get the shutout, but Johnny Quick was pretty dang fantastic versus St. Louis, making 32 saves in the loss... Sean Bergenheim scored the game-winner midway through the second and Kris Versteeg notched his 20th tally of the season in the Florida Panthers' 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. He also made a charitable donation in the first period, lifting Zack Bogosian's stick right over the glass:

Seriously, that was the most exciting thing that happened tonight... Mark Eaton scored the overtime winner in the New York Islanders' 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. Craig Anderson was really great, but, you know, he lost.

Did you know? Miikka Kiprusoff's next win will be the 300th of his NHL career.

Dishonorable mention: The Jets' loss was their ninth straight on the second night of back-to-backs. It's weird, this game was in their division, so it's not like they had to go that far... Here's your dirty hit of the night, courtesy a ref:

Seriously, if that guy wasn't wearing stripes, people would be calling this a vicious blindside headshot. Some of these dirty hits really are accidents.

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