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Monday's Three Stars: Turco sets career mark; Jackets embarrassed

Sean Leahy
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No. 1 Star: Marty Turco(notes), Dallas Stars

In ending Washington's 13-game home winning streak, Turco made a career-high 49 saves as Dallas tripped up the Capitals 4-3 in the shootout. Facing 42 shots in the first two periods, the Stars went down 2-0 midway through the second period before scoring three times in a span of 6:20 to take the lead. In the shootout, Turco stopped four out of five Washington shooters to help snap a personal two game losing streak as well as Dallas' three-game skid.

No. 2 Star: Alexander Frolov(notes), Los Angeles Kings

The Kings' winger continued his post-Olympic break hot play with a goal and a career-high three assists in Los Angeles' 6-0 shutout over Columbus. Frolov now has eight points in his last four games and has a goal in three of them. With the victory, the Kings take the season series with Columbus 3-1 and move a point behind the Phoenix Coyotes for fourth place in the Western Conference.

No. 3 Star: Jonathan Quick(notes), Los Angeles Kings

It was a quiet night for Quick as he stopped all 11 shots he faced against the Blue Jackets to record his third shutout and 37th win of the year. He now leads all NHL goaltenders in victories. Quick benefited from a four-goal first period for Los Angeles that featured power play tallies 41 seconds apart from Michal Handzus(notes) and Frolov. The Kings now hit the road to play Chicago and Dallas before returning to Staples Center for a four-game homestand.

Honorable mention: Alex Ovechkin(notes) scored his 43rd and 44th goals to tie Sidney Crosby(notes) for the NHL's overall goal-scoring lead. ... Brad Richards'(notes) goal on the power play started the Dallas comeback and he would assist on a Trevor Daley(notes) tally with the extra man just three minutes later to cut the Washington lead to one ... Helping Los Angeles in their 6-0 win was their dominance in the faceoff dot (34-for-53) and their ability to capitalize on the power play (3-for-5).

Did you know? By recording 10 shots against Dallas, Ovechkin has surpassed the 300-shot mark in each of his five NHL seasons.

Dishonorable mention: After winning three in a row last month, things were looking like they were turning around for Steve Mason(notes). With a fourth straight loss, last season's Rookie of the Year went back a step yet again. Mason allowed four goals on 13 shots before being pulled in the Blue Jackets' loss to the Kings. In his past four starts, Mason has allowed 14 goals ... Mason isn't all to blame. The Columbus offense went missing in action posting just five shots through the first two periods ... Alexander Semin(notes) may never live down his failed shootout attempt ... Semyon Varlamov(notes) ended his undefeated reign at Verizon Center this season (8-0-0) surrendering three goals in a little over six minutes after the Capitals had spotted him a 2-0 lead.

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