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NHL Three Stars: Rask bests Flyers; Talbot blanks Oilers

Sean Leahy
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No. 1 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

Rask made a career-high 49 saves and won for the ninth time in 10 starts as the Bruins edged the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 after a shootout. Reilly Smith's goal in the fifth round of the shootout gave the Bruins the victory. The win was Boston's ninth straight on the road, a franchise record.

No. 2 Star: Cam Talbot, New York Rangers

Talbot recorded his third career shutout and 12th win of the season with a 26-save night as the Rangers blanked the Edmonton Oilers 5-0. Rick Nash had a pair of goals and Mats Zuccarello two of his own alone with an assist as the Rangers

No. 3 Star: Patric Hornqvist, Nashville Predators

Two goals from Hornqvist and a shootout goal from Craig Smith helped the Predators beat the Washington Capitals 4-3. Carter Hutton made 23 saves for his third straight win. Hornqvist's goal was the 100th of his career; a career that began as the final draft pick in 2005.

Honorable mention: David Legwand's second period goal would stand as the game-winner as the Detroit Red Wings got by the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. The win moves Detroit into seventh in the Eastern Conference. Gustav Nyquist scored his 11th goal in 9 games in beautiful fashion ... Valtteri Filppula scored his 25th goal of the season and extended his points streak to 12 games ... Ottawa native Paul Byron has scored in both games he's played in in his hometown ... Sidney Crosby scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1. Crosby's second goal came via an empty net, his first since Nov. 27, 2010. He was also 20-for-29 in the face-off circle ... In a losing effort, Vincent Lecavalier scored twice, including his 400th career NHL goal ... Patrice Bergeron had a beauty in the shootout for Boston:

 ... as did Claude Giroux: 

A pair of first period goals from Milan Michalek and 37 saves from Robin Lehner helped pace the Senators over the Calgary Flames 6-3. Kyle Turris also finished with a pair of goals and added a helper as the Senators won back-to-back home games for the first time since late-December/early-January. Ales Hemsky recorded a pair of assists and has 11 points in 12 games since being dealt to Ottawa.

Did you know? Erik Karlsson is quite good:

Dishonorable mention: The Blackhawks lost captain Jonathan Toews for the third period to an upper-body injury after a big hit from Brooks Orpik. Head coach Joel Quenneville called him "day-to-day."

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