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Sunday's Three Stars: Backstrom leads comeback; Downie slew-foot?

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No. 1 Star: Nicklas Backstrom(notes), Washington Capitals

Down 3-0 entering the third period and without Alex Ovechkin(notes), the Capitals stormed back against the Chicago Blackhawks led by Backstrom's two goals. Setting up Brooks Laich's(notes) power play began the comeback and then Backstrom and Eric Fehr(notes) scored 13 seconds apart to complete it. In overtime, Backstrom's individual effort earned him his 28th goal of the season and gave the Capitals their 101st point, tops in the NHL.

No. 2 Star: Craig Anderson(notes), Colorado Avalanche

Anderson continued his career season making 48 saves in a 5-3 come-from-behind win for the Avalanche over the Dallas Stars. Coming into this season Anderson has a total of 36 career NHL wins in 109 appearances. With Sunday's victory, Anderson won for the 35th time in 60 games this year. Paul Stastny(notes) scored twice and Milan Hejduk(notes) and Darcy Tucker(notes) each contributed a goal and assist in the win.

No. 3 Star: Roberto Luongo(notes), Vancouver Canucks

After a 14-game road trip that saw them go 8-5-1, the Canucks returned home to GM Place and swept their pair of games this weekend to keep up their lead over the Colorado Avalanche in the Northwest Division. Luongo made 32 saves for his fourth win in a row, a 3-1 triumph over Calgary. Luongo was forced to keep busy in net during a third period that saw the Flames outshoot Vancouver 11-0. The Sedins each scored and helped setup goals for one another, while Ryan Kesler(notes) extended his points streak to 13 games with his 20th of the year.

Honorable mention: Chicago's Jonathan Toews(notes) and Brandon Segal(notes) of the Dallas Stars each scored a pair of goals in separate losses ... Sean Avery(notes) scored twice and annoyed the Philadelphia Flyers all afternoon in a 3-1 win for the New York Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist(notes) made 17 saves and Brandon Dubinsky(notes) and Mike Richards(notes) exchanged pleasantries with each other for the third time in their careers ... Clinging on to their slim playoff hopes, Martin Biron(notes) stopped 26 Toronto shots in a 4-1 win for the New York Islanders. Blake Comeau(notes) on three of the four Islander goals, while Richard Park(notes) added a shorthanded tally ... There's something about the desert that Phoenix Coyotes forward Lee Stempniak(notes) loves. Since being dealt from Toronto on trade deadline day, Stempniak has six goals in five games for Phoenix, including one this afternoon in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Atlanta Thrashers. Jason LaBarbera(notes) made 39 saves filling in for Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) ... Mikko Koivu(notes) had a goal and assisted on two others, while Josh Harding(notes) made 36 saves in Minnesota's 4-2 win over St. Louis ... Jonas Hiller(notes) made 31 saves and Teemu Selanne(notes) scored goal No. 599 during Anaheim's 4-2 win over San Jose.

Did you know? The Phoenix Coyotes are 11-1-1 all-time against Atlanta. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Not helping the Toronto Maple Leafs' cause against the Islanders? Going 0-for-7 on the power play ... The Calgary defense didn't aid Miikka Kiprusoff(notes) as he faced 20 shots and allowed three goals in the opening period against the Canucks before being pulled in favor of Vesa Toskala(notes) ... Chris Mason(notes) surrendered three goals on seven shots before being pulled in St. Louis' loss to Minnesota ... The Alex Ovechkin game misconduct after his hit on Brian Campbell(notes) has been discussed at length today. Click here and here if you need to be caught up on everything ... Ovechkin wasn't the only superstar involved in a controversial play. Sidney Crosby(notes) got tangled up with Steve Downie(notes) of Tampa Bay and while the Pittsburgh captain gets the worst of it, he did return to the game without issue ... but, was it a slew-foot?

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