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Saturday’s Three Stars: Reimer, Vokoun post shutouts; St. Louis nets hat trick

Sean Leahy
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No. 1 Star: James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs

Two straight starts and two straight shutouts for the 23-year old Reimer. After blanking the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night, Reimer followed that up with a 49-save performance during a 5-0 win over the Ottawa Senators. It was his sixth career shutout. Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel each had a goal and two assists as Toronto dropped Ottawa to their sixth straight defeat.

No. 2 Star: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

Playing in his 900th NHL game, St. Louis notched a hat trick as the Lightning downed the Florida Panthers 6-3. St. Louis now has a nine-game points streak, in which he's compiled six goals and 16 points.

Vincent Lecavalier pitched in a four-point night and Mathieu Garon stopped 17 shots for his sixth win in seven starts for Tampa.

No. 3 Star: Tomas Vokoun, Washington Capitals

Earning his third shutout of the year, Vokoun made 30 saves as the Capitals blanked the Montreal Canadiens 3-0. Dennis Wideman, Matt Hendrick and Alex Semin (via a penalty shot) all recorded the goals for Washington as the Capitals posted their third consecutive shutout at Bell Centre. The shutout was Vokoun's 47th of his career.

Honorable mention: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' goal in the sixth round of the shootout was the decider as the Edmonton Oilers got by the Detroit Red Wings 5-4. Sam Gagner kept his hot streak alive scoring twice, adding an assist and scoring in the shootout. He's now tallied a point on 11 straight Edmonton goals. Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots for his third straight win. Jordan Eberle scored a pair including one with 39 seconds left in regulation to force overtime ... Matt Cooke's goal early in the third period stood as the eventual game-winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Boston Bruins 2-1. Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves and Evgeni Malkin recorded his 60th point of the season as the Penguins won for the ninth time in 10 games ... Brooks Orpik laid possibly the hit of the year on Daniel Paille in the third period ... The Buffalo Sabres got goals from Brad Boyes and Jason Pominville in the shootout as they came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the New York Islanders 4-3. Ryan Miller made 35 saves as the Islanders wasted a three-point first period from Frans Nielsen ... Six different Phoenix Coyotes tallied two points as they beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3. Mike Smith made 32 saves for his 19th win of the season ... Jeff Skinner scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and Cam Ward stopped 24 shots as the Carolina Hurricanes got by the Los Angeles Kings 2-1. The Hurricanes has now won eight of their last 11 ... Mason Raymond scored the only goal in the shootout and Roberto Luongo made 44 saves as the Vancouver Canucks got by the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Kevin Bieksa played two-way savior in the final minute preventing an empty-net goal for the Avs and turning around and tying the game with 35 seconds to go:

The New Jersey Devils won their third in a row after going up 6-0 against the Philadelphia Flyers and staving off a comeback holding on for a 6-4 win. Kurtis Foster had two goals and an assist, while Ilya Kovalchuk recorded his first career Gordie Howe Hat Trick ... Pekke Rinne won his 11th in a row by making 42 saves in a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blue. Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn eached recorded three points and Mike Fisher scored his sixth goal in games for the Predators. A pair of Rinne's 42 saves came during a flurry in front, ending with a rob job of Kris Russell:

Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson scored in the shootout, while Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 shots as the Dallas Stars edged the Minnesota 2-1. Kyle Brodziak extended his points streak to six games. Before the game, Dallas honored former netminder Eddie Belfour for his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Did you know? "Most points over two games: 14. Peter and Anton Stastny both did it in February 1981." Elliotte Friedman, Hockey Night in Canada.

Dishonorable mention: Sergei Bobrovsky allowed all six New Jersey goals before being pulled ... Zac Rinaldo was fined $5,000 for a late hit on Jacob Josefson and a "dangerous trip" on Zach Parise ... Their loss coupled with a Carolina win means that the Canadiens now sit dead last in the Eastern Conference ... Scott Gomez and his goalless drought hits 51 games as Feb. 5 is the anniversary of his last goal.

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