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Friday's Three Stars: Henrik Sedin steps up for Canucks

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No. 1 star, Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks:
The Canucks were looking for a hero after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period and Henrik Sedin was there to fill the void. Sedin scored twice in a 30-second span midway through the third period to rescue the hosts, who beat the pesky Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Friday night. Sedin snapped a 2-2 tie with his first goal in nine games and the 100th of his NHL career. Sedin's 13th goal of the season came during an even-strength shift at 8:44. And before fans could settle back in their seats he struck again at 9:14 with some insurance. Sedin provided an assist on a first-period power-play goal to account for his three-point night in addition to nine wins in the faceoff circle and 18:14 of ice time.

No. 2 star, Antoine Vermette, Columbus Blue Jackets:
When the Blue Jackets traded for Antoine Vermette they knew they were getting a solid player. What they might not have known is they were getting a good-luck charm as well. Columbus has won all four games since Vermette came aboard, and on Friday in Chicago the ex-Ottawa Senator scored two goals to help propel the visitors past the Blackhawks. Vermette, with three goals and six points since the March 4 trade, started the scoring 45 seconds after the opening faceoff and added his 12th of the season on the power play at 17:44 of the second period to break a 2-2 tie. Vermette produced a team-high four shots on goal and won 11 draws during 20:45 of ice time.

No. 3 star, Wade Dubielewicz, Columbus Blue Jackets:
The veteran goalie, claimed off waivers from the Islanders by the Blue Jackets in January, hasn't seen a lot of action in Columbus. But when called upon Friday during the second night of back-to-backs, Dubielewicz stopped 27 shots for his first win in the NHL since last April as his team beat a division rival on the road.

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