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NHL Three Stars: Henrik Zetterberg’s 5-point night; Luongo bests Blackhawks

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No. 1 Star: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

The captain had a point on every Red Wings goal Friday night, as Detroit defeated St. Louis, 5-3. Zetterberg had a power-play goal and an even-strength goal in the first period; in the third, he assisted on goals by Jonathan Ericsson and Pavel Datsyuk – the game-winner on the power play – before completing his hat trick and a 5-point night on this wild empty netter. Check out the battle between ‘Z’ and TJ Oshie in the final seconds of the game:

No. 2 Star: Dan Ellis, Carolina Hurricanes

The Canes’ backup goalie made 33 saves for his first shut out since Nov. 9, 2000, as Carolina blanked the Ottawa Senators, 1-0. He made a first-period Eric Staal goal stand up. Craig Anderson made 34 saves in defeat.

No. 3 Star: Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

Luongo made 27 saves and then was brilliant in the shootout, as the Canucks defeated the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1. Alex Edler and Patrick Kane had the goals. Corey Crawford made 21 saves in the loss.

Honorable Mention: The Tampa Bay Lightning lit up the Winnipeg Jets, 8-3. Cory Conacher had two goals and an assist; Steven Stamkos scored his fifth and had two assists. Vinny Lecavalier also had a goal and two helpers. All but five Bolts had points. … Braden Holtby made 29 saves, while Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist to help the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. … Jarmoir Jagr and Jamie Benn scored goals in the shootout to lead the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. Martin Hanzal scored twice for the Yotes; Antoine Roussel scored in his NHL debut and Brenden Dillon scored his first NHL goal. … Kyle Palmieri scored two goals while Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne had 3-point nights in the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Viktor Fasth made 26 saves in the win. … Patrik Berglund scored his fifth of the Blues. …

Did You Know? Dallas D Jamie Oleksiak, the Stars' first-round pick (No. 14) in 2011, also made his NHL debut. At 6-foot-7, the 20-year-old Oleksiak is the tallest player in franchise history. (AP)

Dishonorable Mention: The match penalty handed to David Backes of the Blues, which resulted in his ejection and a power play that led to Detroit’s game-winning goal, was an epic blown call. … The good news: Tobias Entrom had a goal and two assists for Winnipeg; the bad news: he was a minus-3, as was Ron Hainsey. … Chris Thornburn was ejected from the Jets/Bolts game for a check from behind in the first period. … John Erskine can expect a call from the NHL for hitting Wayne Simmonds with a reckless elbow … Kyle Chipchura earned an instigator in a fight with Dillon. … Zac Rinaldo and Matt Hendricks were ejected for fighting before the puck was dropped during the first period. …

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