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NHL Three Stars: Sidney Crosby nets hat trick; Price tops Luongo

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No. 1 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Crosby’s first regular-season hat trick since Dec. 2, 2010, highlighted a 4-point night that helped the Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He picked up a secondary assist on Matt Niskanen’s power-play goal with 19 seconds left in regulation that gave the Pens the win.

No. 2 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

The B.C. boy returned home and made 39 saves in a 4-1 Canadiens’ win over the Vancouver Canucks. He made 20 of those saves in the first two periods, winning a game against Roberto Luongo in a duel of Canadian Olympic hopefuls.

No. 3 Star: Alex Steen, St. Louis Blues

The Blues forward opened the scoring with his fourth goal and then assisted on three others as St. Louis defeated the New York Rangers, 5-3. The line of Steen, David Backes and T.J. Oshie combined for 9 points.

Honorable mention: The Toronto Maple Leafs won a wild game against the Edmonton Oilers, 6-5, on an overtime 3-on-1 goal by Dave Bolland. Ryan Smyth had two goals for Edmonton; Joffrey Lupul had two goals for the Leafs. … Ryan Ellis has the game-winning goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators topped the New York Islanders, 3-2. … Loui Eriksson and Milan Lucic scored third-period goals and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves as the Boston Bruins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1. … Henrik Zetterberg scored two third-period goals and added an assist as the Detroit Red Wings outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2. … Alex Tanguay scored two goals, including a shorthanded tally, and Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves as the Colorado Avalanche moved to 5-0-0 with a 5-1 win at the Washington Capitals. … Corey Crawford made 28 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1. …Matt Dumba and Justin Fontaine scored their first NHL goals as the Minnesota Wild routed the Dallas Stars, 5-1. … Brent Burns’ third-period goal was the difference in the San Jose Sharks3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. Rookie Tomas Hertl scored his seventh in the first period. … Steven Stamkos scored his fourth, as did Valtteri Fippula. … Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones both scored their first NHL goals. … This Matt Duchene goal was brilliant:

Did You Know? Nail Yakupov was a healthy scratch for the Oilers.

Dishonorable mention: This snafu by Dan Hamhuis led to a really regrettable shorthanded goal against the Canucks. … Devan Dubnyk posted a .769 save percentage for the Oilers, giving up six goals. David Perron and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were both a minus-3. … Marty Biron was pulled after giving up four goals on 17 shots for the Rangers. … The Flyers gave the Red Wings seven power plays and gave up three goals. … Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin were a minus-3. … Hertl had to be helped to the dressing room after taking a hard hit from Clarke MacArthur, but the Sharks believe he’ll be fine.

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