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NHL Three Stars: Backlund powers Flames over Ducks; Burrows finally scores

Sean Leahy
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No. 1 Star: Mikael Backlund, Calgary Flames

With two goals and an assist, Backlund and Flames routed the Anaheim Ducks 7-2. The Flames built up a 5-0 lead by early in the second period on a shorthanded marker by Backlund, the team's league-leading 11th of the season. Backlund now has four shorties on the season, tying him for the NHL lead with Tyler Johnson and Brad Marchand.

No. 2 Star: Alex Burrows, Vancouver Canucks

In 35 games this season, Burrows had not scored a goal. In one night, he scored two. The Canucks downed the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 after a shootout as Burrows helped with a pair of goals. Chris Higgins netted the only goal in the shootout as Vancouver bounced back from a 7-4 drubbing Monday night against the Islanders. Eddie Lack made 32 saves.

No. 3 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

A three-goal first period helped the Bruins snap a five-game losing streak to the Montreal Canadiens during their 4-1 win. Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist, while Brad Marchand recorded two helpers. The win was Rask's third in 15 career starts against the Habs.

Honorable mention: Henrik Sedin played 24:02 in his 1,000th NHL game ... Two points from Ryan O'Reilly and Matt Duchene, along with 37 saves by Semyon Varlamov helped the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. Colorado has won four of five in their season series with Chicago. Varlamov became the fourth Russian-born goaltender to reach the 100 win mark ... Corban Knight scored his first NHL goal for the Flames ... Patrick Kane scored an absolutely beauty for the Blackhawks:

Did You Know? David Booth saw it all coming:

Dishonorable mention: Anaheim's power play is 2-for-35 in their last 11 games ... Ryan Kesler injured his leg in a knee-on-knee collision with Jim Slater. He did not return to the game and will travel back to Vancouver for further evaluation:

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