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NHL Three Stars: Lecavalier tricks Isles; Niemi blanks Habs

Sean Leahy
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Small child sums up tonight's Habs result.

No. 1 Star: Vincent Lecavalier, Philadelphia Flyers

It's been a while since the Flyers scored more than three goals and behind Lecavalier's fifth career hat trick, Philadelphia downed the New York Islanders 5-2.

No. 2 Stars: Antti Niemi, Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks

The Sharks needed only 22 saves from Niemi and a pair of goals by Couture to blank the Montreal Canadiens 2-0. The shutout was Niemi's 25th of his career. Patrick Marleau assisted on both of Couture's goals. According to the AP, this was the first win by the Sharks in Montreal since Dec. 2002.

No. 3 Star: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Phoenix Coyotes

No lead was safe as the Coyotes edged the Edmonton Oilers 5-4. Ekman-Larsson provided a pair of assists, including one on Keith Yandle's tying goal in the third period before completing a three-point night with a power play tally of his own with 7:37 left.

Honorable mention: In his first game back on Long Island, former Islanders captain Mark Streit recorded a pair of assists ... Radim Vrbata recorded three assists ... The Coyotes scored on two of six power play opportunities ... Tyler Pitlick scored his first NHL goal for the Oilers ... In his 600th NHL game, Jason Pominville came up big scoring twice as the Minnesota Wild beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves and Mikael Granlund recorded a pair of assists. ... Two third period goals by Martin St. Louis and Ondrej Palat helped the Tampa Bay Lightning come from behind and beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. ... After falling behind 3-1 in the first period, the New Jersey Devils made a comeback and completed it by scoring four times on the power play, including two in the final 1:08 by Marek Zidlicky and Andy Greene:

James Reimer had never lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in regulation in four previous meetings and that streak continued with a 37-save performance during a 4-1 Toronto Maple Leafs victory. Three third period goals, including Dave Bolland's second of the night coming via an empty-netter, gave Reimer the win in his first start since Oct. 17 ... The New York Rangers finished their nine-game road trip to start the season with a 3-2 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings. Derick Brassard beat Jimmy Howard with 12.9 seconds remaining in the extra session to send Detroit to their fourth straight loss. Rookie netminder Cam Talbot made 32 saves for his first career NHL win:

Behind 35 stops from Ondrej Pavelec and Andrew Ladd's goal in the shootout, the Winnipeg Jets edged the Dallas Stars 2-1 to end a three-game losing streak ... Alex Steen scored twice to tie Alex Ovechkin for the NHL led with 10 and Jaroslav Halak stopped 22 shots as the St. Louis Blues routed the Nashville Predators 6-1. T.J. Oshie, Vladimir Tarasenko, David Backes, Jay Bouweester and Alex Pietrangelo each recorded two points ... A three-point night by Mike Cammalleri and a 27 saves from Karri Ramo helped the Calgary Flames upend the Washington Capitals 5-2. Jiri Hudler recorded an assist and now has points in 10 of Calgary's first 11 games.

Did You Know? This was the first time in 12 games dating back to last season that the Flyers scored at least three goals.

Disonorable mention: Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi left the game in the first period after a David Clarkson hit. He was diagnosed with a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated in Pittsburgh ... The loss ended Chicago's seven game points streak ... Braden Holtby was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots in the opening 12:48.

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