Friday’s Three Stars: Toews, Sharp boost Hawks; Elliott keeps rolling

Sean Leahy

No. 1 Star: Jonathan Toews / Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks

Down 4-2 entering the third period, the Blackhawks ripped off four goals in a span of 8:18 for a come-from-behind 6-5 win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Blackhawks captain had four points in the final frame -- two goals, two assists -- after assisting on one of Patrick Sharp's three goals earlier in the game to finish with a 5-point night. Sharp completed his second career hat trick tying the game early in the third period and adding the go-ahead goal two minutes later.

No. 2 Star: Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues

Elliott's resurgent season continues as he earned his third shutout of the year and fifth win in a row with a 24-save night during a 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames. David Backes scored his fourth goal in five games as the Blues improved to 6-1-2 under Ken Hitchcock.

No. 3 Star: Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils

Hedberg posted his 19th career shutout with a 1-0 win over the New York Islanders. Making 23 saves, including a penalty shot by Michael Grabner, Hedberg won for the third time in four starts. Petr Sykora scored the only goal of the game on a power play tally in the second period as the Islanders lost their fourth straight game.

*Special Edition No. 4 Star: Cory Schneider, Vancouver Canucks

Two games, two shutouts for Schneider this week. After a 23-save win over Colorado on Wednesday, Schneider stopped 22 shots as the Canucks blanked the Phoenix Coyotes 5-0. The win was also Schneider's third in a row. Ryan Kesler led the Canucks with a goal and an assist as Vancouver has outscored their opponents during this three-game win streak 10-1.

Honorable mention: Behind two Ruslan Fedotenko goals and three Ryan Callahan assists, the New York Rangers downed the Washington Capitals 6-3. A four-goal second period saw the Rangers beat Michal Neuvirth three times in a 4:18 span ... Steven Stamkos capitalized on the power play and potted home the overtime winner as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Florida Panthers 2-1 ... Pavel Datsyuk scored in regulation and in the shootout, while Jimmy Howard stopped 41 shots as the Detroit Red Wings snapped the Boston Bruins' 10-game win streak with a 3-2 victory. Datysuk now has eight points in four games ... In the building where he was drafted last June, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins netted a pair of goals and Nikolai Khabibulin made 30 saves as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Minnesota Wild 5-2. Ryan Smyth, Taylor Hall and Shawn Horcoff each chipped in two points. Forward Darcy Hordichuk played in his 500th NHL game ... Chris Mason stopped 20 shots and Zach Bogosian recorded two assists as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 ... Two Claude Giroux goals in the second period powered the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Jakub Voracek and Braydon Coburn each had two points and Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves in the win ... Is Curtis Sanford the saving grace in Columbus? With 28 saves, Sanford improved to 3-0-2 with a 5-1 rout of the Buffalo Sabres. Rick Nash scored twice and James Wisniewski, Jeff Carter and Ryan Johansen each recorded a pair of helpers as the Blue Jackets improved to 4-1-2 in their last seven. Columbus blueliner Marc Methot scored for the first time in 101 games and Vinny Prospal played in his 1,000th NHL game ... Sabres rookie Zack Kassian's assist in the second period was his first NHL point in his first NHL game ... The Pittsburgh Penguins scored four times in the opening 10 minutes to pace their way to a 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. Tyler Kennedy scored a goal and added two assists, while Sidney Crosby recorded three helpers of his own ... Jonas Gustavsson made 26 saves and earned his third straight win as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Dallas Stars 4-3. Joffrey Lupul scored the only goal in the shootout for Toronto who have won three of their last four ... Stars forward Eric Nystrom scored twice giving him seven goals in 17 games since being traded to Dallas.

Fight of the Night: Solid bout between Cam Janssen and Micheal Haley:

Did you know? Edmonton's win was their first in Minnesota in 18 games dating back to Jan. 6, 2007. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Anaheim has now lost six straight ... Craig Anderson let in four Pittsburgh goals in the opening 9:11 of the first period before being pulled ... The Islanders' loss was the sixth time they've been shutout this season ... Finally, big elbow by Luke Schenn to the head of Tomas Vincour, which you've got to believe Brendan Shanahan will be looking at on Saturday: