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Sunday’s Three Stars: Hat-trick Marleau; Schneider boosts Canucks

Sean Leahy
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No. 1 Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

Marleau scored in each period of San Jose's 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche for his fourth career hat trick as the Sharks won for the fifth time in six games. Thomas Greiss stopped 36 shots and Joe Thornton and Marc-Edouard Vlasic each recorded three assists. Vlasic now has seven points in his last three games.

No. 2 Star: Brad Stuart, Detroit Red Wings

One of Stuart's two goals helped the Red Wings open up a 3-0 lead against the Anaheim Ducks and his second of the night came via an empty netter to seal a 4-2 victory. Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg each had two points and Jimmy Howard made 32 stops, including a diving save on Bobby Ryan. Stuart's empty netter came off a well-placed bank shot off the boards:

No. 3 Star: Cory Schneider, Vancouver Canucks

Filling in for an injured Roberto Luongo for a second consecutive game, Schneider stopped 28 shots, including 11 in the third period and two in overtime as the Canucks edged the Ottawa Senators 2-1. Chris Higgins deflected home the winning goal 2:18 into the extra period for his seventh of the season.

Honorable mention: Jeff Skinner set up the opening goal and put home the eventual game winner as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. Eric Staal recorded two assists, including the primary helper on Skinner's goal, and finished 16-for-21 in the dot and a plus-2. Phil Kessel scored his league-leading 15th and 16th goals in the loss. Cam Ward earned his second win in eight starts and made 23 saves, including this one on Tim Connolly:

Avalanche defenseman Shane O'Brien played in his 400th NHL game ... Some real pretty moves by Matt Duchene here:

Did you know? The Red Wings and Calgary Flames are the only teams this season that haven't been involved in a shootout. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Colorado has lost four of their last five and eight of 10 ... The Ducks have won just twice in their last 15 games ... Ryan had two goals disallowed in the second period against Detroit ... At 6:15 of the first period, the lights at Honda Center went out for the second straight game. The cause of the outage was blamed on weather in the Southern California area ... Ottawa's power play failed on all five opportunities.

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