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NHL Three Stars: ‘Canes crush Sens, Datsyuk-less Detroit beat Buffalo

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No. 1 Star: Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes

The 'Canes goalie stopped 35 of 36 shots in Carolina's 4-1 win against Ottawa. The only goal he surrendered was to Jason Spezza just 1:07 in to the first period. From that point on, he was perfect; including a potential Save of the Year.

No. 2 Star: Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes

The defenseman was a plus-3 with two assists. Both assists were on big goals for Carolina: the game tying goal by Patrick Dwyer and a power play goal by rookie Elias Lindholm to ice the game for the 'Canes. On the defensive side, he added three hits and a team-high four blocked shots.

No. 3 Star: Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings

Franzen earned a power play goal and an assist on four shots in Detroit's 3-1 victory over the Sabres. The PPG was the game winner and the assist was on Daniel Alfredsson's empty net goal at the end.

Honorable mention: Eric Staal had an empty net goal and two helpers for Carolina... Darren Helm scored a sweet spin-o-ramma-while-falling goal to tie the game... Despite being the losing goalie, Ryan Miller made 31 stops behind a swiss cheese-esque defense... Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson is staring into your soul. Good luck sleeping tonight.

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Did you know? Henrik Zetterberg scored his 700th career point on the assist to Johan Franzen's power play goal.

Dishonorable mention: Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth boarded Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki. Borowiecki left the game, and per Ottawa PR tweet, would not return due to a neck strain... Pavel Datsyuk was not in the lineup due to sustaining a head injury the night before against Ottawa... Steve Ott was given a penalty shot off of a weak call on a breakaway, producing perhaps the best-worst penalty shot of the year?

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