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Saturday's Three Stars: Brodeur on the brink of history

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No. 1 star, Martin Brodeur(notes), New Jersey Devils

Inching towards yet another NHL record, Brodeur recorded his 102nd career shutout in a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The 16-year NHL veteran now sits one shutout behind Terry Sawchuk for the all-time lead. Brodeur made 26 in a rematch of last year's dramatic Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

No. 2 star, Johan Hedberg(notes), Atlanta Thrashers

Making his season debut, Hedberg was solid as Atlanta downed the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. Extending his 11-2-1 career record against the Sabres, Hedberg made 40 saves and watched Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) score his sixth and seventh goals of the season as the Thrashers continued their best start in franchise history.

No. 3 star, Ty Conklin(notes), St. Louis Blues

Conklin made the most of his second start of the season by making 26 saves as the Blues defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-0. For Conklin it was his 11th career shutout and the Blues' second largest margin in a road victory in almost a decade.

Honorable mention: Alex Ovechkin(notes) scored two goals in the first period and the shootout winner as Washington got past Nashville 3-2 ... The No. 3 overall selection in last June's entry draft, Matt Duchene(notes), scored his first career NHL goal against the Detroit Red Wings ... Cody McLeod's(notes) two goals, including the game-tying tally with 2:32 remaining helped continue Colorado's hot start ... Washington's Matt Bradley(notes) played in his 500th NHL game while New Jersey's Colin White(notes) played in his 600th .. More solid goaltending tonight from Henrik Lundqvist(notes) (34 saves), Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) (22 saves) and Evgeni Nabokov(notes) (31 saves) who both picked up victories in separate 4-1 wins ... Ryan Vesce(notes), playing in front of family and friends on Long Island, scored his first NHL goal as the San Jose Sharks beat the Islanders 4-1 ... Joe Thornton(notes) added a goal and two assists ... Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) made 22 saves and improved his record to 7-0-0 as the Penguins defeated Tampa Bay 4-1 ... Andy McDonald's(notes) two goals and assist were more than enough in St. Louis' 5-0 blanking of his former team, the Anaheim Ducks ... Alexei Kovalev's return to Montreal was successful as his goal and assist helped lift the Senators over the Canadiens 3-1.

Did you know?: The Pittsburgh Penguins are 20-0-2 when scoring first under head coach Dan Bylsma.

Dishonorable mention: Toronto's power-play was an ugly 0-for-6 against the Rangers. Maybe freeze tag will help since dodgeball didn't? ... The faceoff circle was not kind to the Carolina Hurricanes tonight. Going 16-for-42 in the dot was one of the reasons the 'Canes were blanked by New Jersey ... Jonas Hiller(notes) was yanked after allowing three goals on twelve shots ... Through the first nine minutes of their 2-1 loss to Vancouver, the Minnesota Wild failed to register a shot on Roberto Luongo(notes).

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