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Monday’s Three Stars: Quick blanks Sharks; Ryder gets two

Harrison Mooney
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Perhaps a touch arrogant after his fourth shutout of the year, Jonathan Quick knights himself.

No. 1 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

Quick made 33 saves for his league-leading fourth shutout of the season, helping the Kings overcome their scoring woes by making damn sure it didn't matter. Ethan Moreau scored the game winner 8:32 into the first period and Mike Richards added an insurance marker in the second as the Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0.

No. 2 Star: Michael Ryder, Dallas Stars

Ryder scored the game-winner and the empty-netter to ice the game as the Dallas Stars skated out of Colorado with a 3-1 win over the Avalanche. Andrew Raycroft was fantastic, stopping 35 of 36 shots, and Eric Nystrom added his 8th of the season. Hey, remember when Minnesota gave him away for free?

No. 3 Star: Nicklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild

Speaking of Minnesota, Backstrom made 32 stops as the Wild held on to top the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 and stop their losing skid at two straight. Mikko Koivu and Cal Clutterbuck added a goal and an assist apiece, collaborating on both a shorthanded and an empty net goal.

Honourable mention: Nick Spaling scored the game-winner midway through the third period as the Nashville Predators edged the Edmonton Oilers 2-1...

Did you know? After their game, the Oilers announced that Taylor Hall will miss 2-4 weeks with shoulder surgery.

Dishonourable mention: Vincent Lecavalier finished a minus-3 versus the Wild and won only 6 of 19 faceoffs... Also, Jordin Tootoo with the embellishment of the year:

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