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Friday's Three Stars: Ribeiro leads angry Stars to historic rout

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No. 1 star: Mike Ribeiro, Dallas Stars

The Stars defeated the visiting New York Rangers, 10-2, reaching double-digits in goals for the first time since relocating from Minnesota. Inept defensive play in front of goalie Stephen Valiquette sealed the Rangers' fate, but Ribeiro worked hard on a scramble in front for a first-period goal and then snapped a shot home after a strong Steve Ott fore-check in the second. He finished with a four-point night, assisting on two others, as the Stars recovered from a tough loss in Colorado. Said Ribeiro: "It's good to see when you have a bad game that you can bounce back."

No. 2 star: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Miller saw his shutout streak end in the second period after nearly 160 minutes, but his 35 saves backstopped the Sabres to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Montreal Canadiens. Miller's 15 saves in the first period set the tone; Tim Connolly's unassisted goal in the third period turned out to be the game-winner.

No. 3 star: Dan Ellis, Nashville Predators

His starting goaltender job all but stolen from him by Pekka Rinne, Ellis stonewalled the Minnesota Wild with 22 saves in his first start in about three weeks. The 2-0 shutout had a little luck and some solid help involved, as the Wild were limited to what Coach Jacques Lemaire said were just "four scoring chances" all game. But on the strength of goals by Jason Arnott and David Legwand, Ellis played well for a big road win. Will Ellis get another start this weekend?

Honorable Mention: Kris Letang scored twice, including one on the power play, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-1. Marc-Andre Fleury was very strong with 33 saves in the game, including 15 in the first period. ... Including Ribeiro, six other Dallas players had multi-point games, including a three-assist night for Matt Niskanen. Dallas was 4-for-10 on the power play. Brian Sutherby's goal off a Scott Gomez turnover was a critical one, answering the first of two goals for Nikolai Zherdev on the night.

Dishonorable Mention: Kari Lehtonen was yanked after giving up five goals on 24 shots in the New Jersey Devils' 5-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers. The Thrash went 0-for-7 on the power play, and the Devils had two shorthanded goals. Zach Parise scored No. 30 on the season. ... Meanwhile, former Devil Scott Gomez was benched in the third period by the Rangers, spending some of it in the penalty box. ... Finally, Eric Boulton of the Thrashers fought Brendan Shanahan of the Devils. Keep in mind he was 11 years old when Shanny debuted in the NHL:

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