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Friday's Three Stars: Crosby nets 3 to lead Penguins comeback

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No. 1 star: Sidney Crosby(notes), Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins captain scored every goal for his team in a 3-2 shootout win over the visiting Florida Panthers: A snap-shot on the power-play after a great keep by Evgeni Malkin(notes); a shorthanded goal set up by a nice pass from behind the net by Malkin; and then, with Malkin on the bench, a nice shake-and-bake move on Tomas Vokoun(notes) for what would be the shootout winner. Crosby and the Penguins rallied in the third period from a 2-0 deficit.

No. 2 star: Paul Stastny(notes), Colorado Avalanche

In an intense game whose emotions were amplified after Tuomo Ruutu's(notes) hit from behind sent Darcy Tucker off on a backboard, it was Stastny who helped power the Avs' offense in a 5-4 victory that improved their stunning record to 7-1-2. His first-period goal, 31 seconds after Ryan O'Reilly(notes) cut the Carolina lead, tied the game at 2-2. He earned the primary assist on Milan Hejduk's(notes) power-play goal in the second for a 3-2 lead. Then, at 6:21 of the third, it was Stastny cashing in again after some brilliant power-play passing from Hejduk and Matt Duchene(notes) to pad the lead.

No. 3 star: David Perron(notes), St. Louis Blues

Perron was dropped to the St. Louis checking line by Coach Andy Murray, and he responded. Perron had the primary assist on Jay McClement's(notes) first period goal and scored an unassisted shorthanded goal himself in the Blues' 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild, who dropped to 0-7 on the road this season.

Honorable mention: Chris Mason(notes) made 20 saves for the Blues, many of them above average. But the gold star for goaltending goes to Vokoun of Florida, who made 41 saves against the Penguins. ... Chuck Kobasew(notes) scored his first goal as a member of the Wild. ... Steve Reinprecht(notes) was a shootout goal away from matching Crosby's effort, as he scored both of Florida's goals in the first period.

Did you know? The Hurricanes have never won (0-6) at the Pepsi Center in Denver (AP).

Dishonorable mention: Eric Staal(notes) had an epic meltdown late in the Carolina game, with a slashing minor, an unsportsmanlike conduct, a 10-minute misconduct and a game-misconduct after blowing up at the refs. He had 26 PIM for the game. ... David Booth had no points despite eight shots on goal; he's goal-less in seven games. ... Minnesota only managed four shots on goal in both the first and third periods. ... Finally, if you haven't seen it, Ruutu's hit on Tucker was completely irresponsible and dangerous.

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