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Saturday's Three Stars: Nash trick downs Sharks; Burns tribute

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No. 1 Star: Rick Nash(notes), Columbus Blue Jackets

After beating Los Angeles and Anaheim this week, the Blue Jackets continued their best start in franchise history by finishing a California sweep with a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. Nash tallied his fifth career hat trick and Mathieu Garon(notes) notched his third shutout in four games with 35 saves. Columbus also improved their road record this season to 7-1-0.

No. 2 Star: Carey Price(notes), Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal netminder is doing all he can this season to prove he's just as good as former teammate Jaroslav Halak(notes). Price stopped 30 Toronto shots during a 2-0 blanking of the Maple Leafs for his fourth shutout of the season. Jeff Halpern's(notes) shorthanded tally and Mike Cammalleri's goal were enough for Montreal to win for the fifth time in six games.

No. 3 Star: Tomas Vokoun(notes), Florida Panthers

As he's used to doing on a regular basis, Vokoun faced a lot of rubber on Long Island tonight, but unlike many of those nights, this time he was on the winning end of things. With 39 saves, Vokoun helped the Panthers to a 4-1 win over the Islanders. Mike Santorelli(notes) scored twice and Stephen Weiss(notes) added two points as Florida rebounded from a 4-0 loss to Boston on Thursday night. Down 1-0 in the second period, the Panthers scored four times in the opening 10 minutes and didn't look back the rest of the game.

Honorable mention: Despite the loss, Jonas Gustavsson(notes) was almost as good as Price making 37 saves ... Martin Biron(notes) made 26 saves and Marian Gaborik(notes) recorded an assist in his return to Minnesota as the New York Rangers beat the Wild 5-2 ... Brad Winchester's(notes) goal early the third period broke a 2-2 deadlock to give St. Louis a 3-2 win over New Jersey. Jaroslav Halak made 35 sand David Backes(notes) extended his points streak to six games. Patrik Elias(notes) played his 900th NHL game ... Patrick Lalime's(notes) mishap of a pass to Adam Hall(notes) was the difference as Tampa Bay edged Buffalo 2-1. Mike Smith(notes) made 29 saves for the Lightning. Sabres captain Craig River played in his 900th NHL game and Thomas Vanek(notes) extended his points streak to seven games by scoring the only goal for Buffalo ... Michal Handzus'(notes) shootout goal ended any hopes of the Boston Bruins completing their comeback as Los Angeles won 4-3. Jonathan Quick(notes) stopped 38 shots for his 11th win of the season. Jarrett Stoll scored his 100th career NHL goal ... Danny Briere(notes) scored the only goal in the shootout as Philadelphia downed Washington 5-4. Claude Giroux(notes) scored his 11th of the season. Andreas Nodl(notes) scored a nifty little spin-o-rama goal in it ... Martin Erat(notes) scored the shootout winner and Pekka Rinne(notes) made 21 saves as Nashville got by Carolina 2-1. The win gives the Predators four in their last five contests ... Corey Crawford(notes) made 27 saves and his Chicago teammates poured it on in Vancouver during a 7-1 victory. Fernando Pisani(notes) scored twice, Marian Hossa(notes) added three assists and Patrick Kane(notes) scored and recorded two helpers in the win ... Milan Hejduk(notes) scored twice on the power play and Kevin Porter(notes) potted the shootout winner as Colorado got past Dallas 4-3. Peter Budaj(notes) made 26 saves for his fourth win in his last five starts and rookie Kevin Shattenkirk(notes) added two assists to give him four points in three games ... Finally, here's the pre-game ceremony honoring Pat Burns before the Habs and Leafs faced off:

Did you know? Columbus recorded their first regulation win at San Jose and their first win of any kind there since January 8th, 2004. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Dustin Brown's(notes) shootout attempt, Patrick Lalime's pass to Adam Hall and Mike Komisarek's(notes) pass to Mike Cammalleri were the lowlights on the night ... Roberto Luongo(notes) allowed four goals in the second period before being pulled ... All but three Canucks finished as a minus, while every skater for Chicago was a plus ... Niklas Backstrom(notes) allowed five goals for the second time in four games ... The Islanders loss was their 12th straight defeat ... San Jose's loss in regulation snapped their eight game points streak.

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