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Saturday’s Three Stars: JVR’s first trick; Perry takes Richard lead

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No. 1 Star: James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia Flyers

van Riemsdyk notched his first career NHL hat trick with a pair of goals in the first and the capper midway through the third period as Philadelphia downed the New York Islanders 4-1. Already having surpassed his rookie season goal total of 15, van Riemsdyk's three points give him a career high of 36 and counting with eight games to go in the regular season.

No. 2 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

Perry continued his recent tear by scoring twice in the third period, including the game-winner with 4:30 to go as the Ducks nipped the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1. With his two goals tonight, Perry grabbed the NHL's goal scoring lead with 44 on the season, one better than Steven Stamkos. Perry now has 13 goals in his last nine games.

No. 3 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

In an afternoon tilt with the Boston Bruins, King Henrik earned his NHL-best 11th shutout during a 1-0 Rangers victory. Along with Lundqvist's 26 saves, the Rangers also helped their goaltender out with 29 blocked shots. Derek Stepan tallied his 20th of the season as the Rangers won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Honorable mention: Ryan Miller posted his fifth shutout of the year stopping 30 New Jersey shots in a 2-0 win for the Sabres. Nathan Gerbe scored his fifth goal in five games and Thomas Vanek notched his 26th in the win ... Braden Holtby recorded his second shutout of the season with an 18-save night and Marco Sturm and Alex Semin scored the only goals as Washington blanked Montreal 2-0. The Capitals have now won 14 of their last 17 games ... Ray Emery's comeback continued its success as the goaltender made 27 saves to improve to 4-0-0 ... Ryan Smyth scored a goal and added an assist and Jonathan Quick improved to 7-0 lifetime against Colorado as Los Angeles dumped the Avs 4-1 ... Milan Hejduk reached the 20-goal plateau for the 11th consecutive season ... Sergei Bobrovsky improved to 5-0-0 against the Islanders this season with help from saves like this one on Kyle Okposo:

Thirty-eight seconds after Joffrey Lupul tied the game, Jiri Hudler broke it with his 10th of the year and Henrik Zetterberg added an empty netter as Detroit slipped by Toronto 4-2 ... Simon Gagne now has six goals in five games against Carolina as he potted two during a 4-2 win for the Lightning. Mike Smith stopped 33 shots in the win ... St. Louis received goals from six different players as they doubled up Minnesota 6-3. The final shot totals were 47 for the Blues and just 16 for the Wild ... Mike Fisher scored twice, his first goals for the Predators since Feb. 17, and Pekke Rinne made 28 saves for his fifth win in a row as Nashville got by Dallas 4-2 ... Brendan Morrow scored your "Wacky Goal of the Night" with his double bank shot:

Down 4-1 in the third period, Calgary roared back scoring three time in 14 minutes to force overtime and Alex Tanguay's goal in the shootout completed the Flames comeback in a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Jarome Iginla scored twice and added an assist, while Mark Giordano had three helpers ... Devan Dubnyk: save of the year? ... Wild forward Andrew Brunette became the 29th player to reach the 700-point mark ... San Jose opened a four-point lead on the Phoenix for the Pacific Division lead with a 4-1 win over the Coyotes. Rookie Logan Couture reached the 30-goal mark with a pair and Ryan Clowe recorded a Gordie Howe Hat Trick along with a three-point night. Antti Niemi made 26 saves for his 31st win.

Did you know? Montreal had not been held scoreless in three straight games since Oct. 23-29, 1949. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: The Islanders loss eliminates them from playoff contention ... Detroit lost Jimmy Howard early in the third period to a shoulder injury, but Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that doesn't look like anything significant and he went for an MRI after the game ... The Wild dropped their eighth straight game ... Montreal's been shutout in each of their last three games ... New Jersey's failure to score against Buffalo extended their drought to 173:55. They've been blanked three times in five games ... Days after losing Justin Williams for the season, Los Angeles' lineup took another blow as Anze Kopitar broke his ankle after falling awkwardly and will miss a minimum of six weeks.

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