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NHL Three Stars: Stamkos tricks Leafs; Crawford, Lack post shutouts

Sean Leahy
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No. 1 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Stamkos continued rolling since he returning from his broken leg by recording his seventh career hat trick (second au natural) as the Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3. He now has five goals in his last four games and has scored six times in his last seven games in Toronto.

No. 2 Star: Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

A back-and-forth game needed overtime and in the extra session it was Blake Wheeler who ended it for a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Andrew Ladd scored twice and Wheeler finished with a three-point night as the two teams needed overtime for the fourth time this season.

No. 3 Stars: Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks

Crawford stopped 23 shots as the Blackhawks blanked the St. Louis Blues 4-0. The shutout was Crawford's second of the season and 10th of his career. Goals from Duncan Keith, Ben Smith, Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger were more than enough to help snap the Blues' nine-game point streak. The win was also the first by a Central Division team over St. Louis in regulation this season.

Eddie Lack, Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks inched closer to a playoff spot with a 2-0 victory over the Nashville Predators. Niclas Jensen and Alex Edler scored third period goals 1:13 apart and Lack made 30 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. Jensen now has three goals in his last four games.

Honorable mention: Ben Bishop made 21 of his 36 saves in the third period ... Tyler Johnson scored his 21st of the year and moved to within two goals of Stamkos' Lightning rookie record ... T.J. Oshie meet Duncan Keith:

Did You Know? Michal Handzus played his 1,000th NHL game and Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville won his 700th game.

Dishonorable mention: Paul Ranger left the game on a stretcher after being hit from behind by Alex Killorn. Ranger was stable and alert at a local hospital. Killorn was assessed a five minute major and game misconduct ... This fan got onto the ice at Air Canada Centre and didn't last too long before security grabbed him ... The Blackhawks will be without Patrick Kane for three weeks after he suffered a leg injury ... Paul Gaustad did not return after suffering an upper-body injury in the first period.

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