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Friday's Three Stars: Raymond leads Canucks comeback

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No. 1 Star: Mason Raymond(notes), Vancouver Canucks

Raymond played the hero in Vancouver's comeback victory over the Washington Capitals with two goals, including the winner with less than seven minutes to play in the third period. His goal late in the second period tied the game at two and his seventh power-play goal of the season was enough to get by the Capitals and put the Canucks one point behind Detroit for eighth in the Western Conference.

No. 2 Star: Jeff Halpern(notes), Tampa Bay Lightning

After being benched by head coach Rick Tocchet against Nashville earlier in the week, Halpern responded tonight with two goals, both in the third period, as the Lightning downed St. Louis 6-3. The veteran Halpern scored the eventual game-winner early in the third period before adding the insurance marker with just under nine minutes to play. The two-point night snaps a five-game pointless streak for Halpern.

No. 3 Star: Ryan Miller(notes), Buffalo Sabres

After getting no help from his offense in a 2-0 loss to Ottawa on Wednesday night, Miller and the Sabres rebounded with a decisive 5-2 win over Toronto. Continuing to make a play at the No. 1 starting job for the U.S. Olympic team, Miller stopped 40 Maple Leaf shots for his 20th win of the season and fourth win in five starts.

Honorable mention: Congratulations are in order for Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Viktor Stalberg(notes), who scored his first career NHL goal against Ryan Miller and Vincent Lecavalier(notes) who, with two assists against St. Louis, hit the 700-point plateau for his career ... Martin Brodeur(notes) passed Patrick Roy for the all-time games played record by taking part in his 1,030 NHL contest ... Radek Dvorak(notes) and Rostislav Olesz(notes) scored goals 37-seconds apart in the third period and added two assists in Florida's 6-3 win over the Carolina. Dvorak finished a plus-5 while Olesz was a plus-3. Jordon Leopold, who scored the opening goal for the Panthers, was a plus-4 ... Steven Stamkos'(notes) goal early in the second period gave Tampa a 2-1 lead and his empty-net tally with 58 seconds to go sealed the deal against the Blues. Ryan Malone(notes) (two assists) and Martin St. Louis(notes) (goal, two assists) were both a plus-4 ... Scoring the bookend goals of the game, David Krejci(notes) started the scoring and ended the regulation scoring in Chicago's 5-4 shootout win over Boston. His goal with 2:43 to go in the third sent things to overtime before Jonathan Toews(notes) and Patrick Kane(notes) tallied in the shootout giving the Blackhawks the extra point. Chicago goaltender Antti Niemi(notes) wasn't sharp, but didn't allow a goal in the shootout to improve his record to 7-1-1 ... Despite being knocked into the Canucks bench, Washington's Brooks Laich(notes) earned a plus and an assist on Alex Semin's goal in the first period:

Did you know?: Ottawa has now lost their last nine games against New Jersey dating back to October 2007. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Senators defensemen Filip Kuba(notes) and rookie Erik Karlsson(notes) were both a minus-3 against the Devils. Karlsson has only been a plus-player in two out of his 20 games this season ... Cam Ward(notes) was pulled before the third period after allowing five goals on 26 shots against Florida. Ward's won just once in his last 15 starts ... Vesa Toskala(notes) now has another blooper to replace Rob Davison's 190-foot goal from almost two years ago. His poor handling of Toni Lydman's(notes) shot in the second period against Buffalo opened the floodgates for the Sabres as they would score twice more in the following six minutes, giving them four for the period. Friday's game was the fourth time in their last eight that the Maple Leafs have allowed five or more goals.

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