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Friday's Three Stars: Kariya's two goals spark Blues comeback

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No. 1 star: Paul Kariya(notes), St. Louis Blues

Playing in his first game since last November, Kariya looked like his old self as he returned from hip surgery that sidelined him for most of last season. His power-play goal midway through the second period started the St. Louis comeback that saw the Blues score three times in a 5:05 span en route to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Stockholm. Kariya matched his entire goal total from 2008-09 when he put home his second of the game in the second period which would eventually be the game winner.

No. 2 star: Ray Emery(notes), Philadelphia Flyers

Twenty-eight saves, a shutout, and a win was not a bad way for Emery to re-start his NHL career. By blanking the Hurricanes, Emery joins John Vanbiesbrouck and Jeff Hackett(notes) as the only goaltenders in Flyers history to post a shutout in their Philadelphia debut. Power-play goals by Jeff Carter(notes) and Mike Richards(notes) 22 seconds apart to start the second period were enough to give the Flyers the 2-0 win. Daniel Carcillo(notes) found himself in the middle of a fight after his hit from behind on Ray Whitney(notes) caused Tim Gleason(notes) to step in. The Hurricanes defenseman would earn the first instigator and game misconduct of the 2009-10 season.

No. 3 star: Tomas Vokoun(notes), Florida Panthers

Despite having three defensemen in front of him playing with the flu, Vokoun backstopped the Panthers to a shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Finland. Making 52 saves, including robbing Patrick Kane, Vokoun denied Patrick Sharp(notes) on Chicago's final attempt in the shootout to grab the extra point for Florida.

Honorable mention: Three cheers for Finnish-born Ville Koistinen(notes) who was the man of the match after scoring a goal in regulation and then the winning tally in the shootout ... Patrick Kane(notes) was in mid-season form scoring a pretty goal after leaving the penalty box and adding an assist for a two-point night ... Jay McClement(notes) was active in the Blues win over Detroit scoring the opening goal and assisting on the game-tying and winning goals ... Flyers rookie James van Riemsdyk(notes) picked up his first National Hockey League point assisting on a Mike Richards power-play goal ... Carolina's Matt Cullen(notes) played in his 800th NHL game ... Marian Gaborik(notes) scored his first goal as a member of the New York Rangers in a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins ... Before the game, the Penguins raised their third Stanley Cup banner to begin their final season at Mellon Arena.

Did you know? October is Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness month and all 30 NHL teams will hold various activities and events during the month and designate one home game to help raise funds.

Dishonorable mention: Cristobal Huet(notes) allowed two goals on seven shots in the third period against Florida ... Henrik Zetterberg(notes) was a -2 for Detroit ... Carolina and New York both lost and were not helped by their power-play units. The Hurricanes were 0-8 and the Rangers 0-4 with the extra man ... Sergei Samsonov's(notes) double minor gave Philadelphia an extended power-play that saw the Flyers cash in for the game's only goals.

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