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Friday's Three Stars: Deslauriers shines; two highlight-reel goals

Sean Leahy
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No. 1 Star: Jeff Deslauriers, Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton goaltender starred tonight during a 2-1 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild. Deslauriers made 28 saves, including six in overtime and four in the shootout for only his fourth win in his last 15 starts. Mike Comrie(notes) was the offensive hero for Edmonton scoring their lone goal in regulation and then the game-winning tally in the shootout. Heading into the sixth round of the shootout, Comrie beat Niklas Backstrom(notes), who made 22 saves on the night, before Deslauriers denied Guillaume Latendresse(notes) to end the game.

No. 2 Star: Tim Connolly(notes), Buffalo Sabres

For three minutes in the third period, Connolly was feeling like the goat. His turnover to Mike Richards(notes) in the neutral zone led to the go-ahead goal at the time for Philadelphia. Adam Mair(notes) would tie the game with just under six minutes to play and Connolly would make amends for his turnover with the overtime winner 2:31 in to give Buffalo their first post-Olympic victory. Earlier in the third period, Connolly had a golden chance denied by Michael Leighton(notes) put the Sabres ahead. Ryan Miller(notes) made 27 saves in the effort and Thomas Vanek(notes) scored his 300th point in Buffalo's 3-2 overtime win over Philadelphia.

No. 3 Star: Darren Helm(notes), Detroit Red Wings

Moving into one of the top eight spots in the Western Conference earlier this week, the Red Wings kept the pressure on the teams ahead of them with a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators. The win put Detroit three points behind Nashville who currently sit in the seventh spot. Darren Helm scored twice in the second period, including a shorthanded tally to put the Red Wings ahead 4-0. Jimmy Howard(notes) made 20 saves for his 23rd win of the season and Pavel Datsyuk(notes), one of the NHL's best two-way players, played both sides of the puck in a single play to earn his 18th goal of the season:

Honorable mention: Zach Parise(notes) scored twice and reached the 30th goal mark for the fourth straight season in a 5-3 New Jersey loss to Calgary ... In a feisty game that saw numerous scrums in the game's first 23 seconds, Jordan Hendry(notes) scored a goal and added an assist, while Jonathan Toews(notes) recorded two helpers in Chicago's 6-3 win over Vancouver. Chicago's now won six of their last seven and are currently tied with San Jose for first overall in the Western Conference ... Guillaume Latendresse of the Minnesota Wild gives Pavel Datsyuk a challenge for "Goal of the Night" honors:

Did you know? Nicklas Lidstrom's(notes) assist was the 800th of his NHL career putting him sixth all-time among defensemen.

Dishonorable mention: In his second start since winning the gold medal for Canada, Roberto Luongo(notes) was pulled after a disastrous first period against Chicago. The Blackhawks scored five times in the opening period and Luongo was pulled ... Derek Boogaard(notes) was penalized for two minutes after a knee-on-knee hit on Edmonton's Ryan Jones(notes), but will likely face a stiffer penalty from the NHL.

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