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NHL Three Stars: Corey Perry’s OT heroism; Crawford keeps Blackhawks surging

Greg Wyshynski
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No. 1 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks star scored his fifth of the season at 4:14 of overtime on the power play, giving Anaheim a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Perry also scored a second-period goal, and assisted on Ryan Getzlaf’s power-play goal to tie the game in the third.

No. 2 Star: Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks

Crawford made 28 saves as the Blackhawks extended their season-opening point streak to 18 games. He made Andrew Shaw’s goal stand up, and out-dueled Steve Mason for the 1-0 victory.

No. 3 Star: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames

The Flames captain scored his second of the game at 18:37 of the third period to tie the game, before Curtis Glencross won the game 13 seconds later. Calgary defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-4. Raffi Torres had two goals for the Coyotes.

Honorable Mention: Daniel Paille had a goal and an assist, and Zdeno Chara had a spin-o-rama goal in the Boston Bruins4-1 win over the Florida Panthers. Tuukka Rask made 34 saves. ... Damien Brunner had four points (2G, 2A), Joakim Andersson had two goals and both Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg had three-point nights in the Detroit Red Wings8-3 rout of the Vancouver Canucks. … Evander Kane ended up with the game-winner in the second period, as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-2. Zach Bogosian scored his first of the season. … The Carolina Hurricanes scored four straight goals, including Bobby Sanguinetti’s first of the season, in their 4-2 win over the New York Islanders. John Tavares and Matt Moulson had a goal and an assist. … Sidney Crosby scored the first two goals of the game and added an assist on Beau Bennett’s first NHL goal in the Pittsburgh Penguins5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Steven Stamkos had his 13th goal. … Francois Beauchemin had four assists for Anaheim.

Did You Know? Crosby moved into third all-time in team history with 637 points, behind Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.

Dishonorable Mention: Ryan O’Bryne took the hooking penalty in OT that set up the Perry goal. P.A. Parenteau was given a misconduct after the final buzzer. … Mikkel Boedker and Michael Stone were a minus-3. … Roberto Luongo gave up all eight goals vs. Detroit. … Marty Brodeur didn’t start the Devils’ game with a bad back. … Anders Lindback was pulled in the first period after giving up three goals to Pittsburgh. ... Stephen Weiss was benched in the Panthers' loss.

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