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Sunday's Three Stars: Callahan shines; Detroit shootout drama

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No. 1 Star: Ryan Callahan(notes), New York Rangers

Things looked bleak after the Montreal Canadiens built a 2-0 lead over the offensively challenged Rangers. But Callahan led a furious rally that saw New York score six unanswered goals against Client Jaroslav Halak(notes) (28 saves) in a 6-2 win. Callahan tipped home a Marian Gaborik(notes) pass and then led a shorthanded breakaway that Brandon Dubinsky(notes) cashed in to tie the game. Callahan would later score a power-play insurance goal (certified by video review) and assist on Chris Drury's(notes) tally for the final goal of the game.

No. 2 Star: Patrick Sharp(notes), Chicago Blackhawks

The NHL's first indoor regular-season broadcast on NBC was an entertaining affair between the Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings, with Chicago pulling it out in the shootout, 4-3. Jonathan Toews(notes), Marian Hossa(notes) and Sharp scored in the skills competition, but Sharp gets the nod here thanks to his stellar deflection on a Duncan Keith(notes) pass for the Blackhawks' third goal of the game.

No. 3 Star: Brooks Laich(notes), Washington Capitals

Laich and the Capitals won a late afternoon contest against the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3, thanks in part to his three-point game. He tied it 2-2 in the first period after cashing in a Ray Emery(notes) (17 saves) rebound. Laich assisted on Alex Semin's power-play goal to break that tie in the second. Later, Matt Carle's(notes) lazy drop pass was turned into a shorthanded goal to give the Caps a 4-2 lead. Jose Theodore(notes) made 30 saves in a strong effort of the home team.

Honorable mention: Corey Perry(notes) and Bobby Ryan(notes) scored third-period goals as the Anaheim Ducks rallied for a 5-4 win over the visiting Calgary Flames. ... If there's a hole in Alex Ovechkin's(notes) offensive game, it's on breakaways. But the Capitals star scored his 30th goal of the season on a penalty shot against the Flyers. Also, "Ovechkin is by far the fastest player to reach 2,000 shots since the NHL started keeping the stat in 1967," via the AP. ... Jeff Carter(notes) and Daniel Briere both scored their 17th goals of the season. ... For the not-so-offensively-challenged Rangers, Brandon Dubinsky had two goals and an assist, while Marian Gaborik scored goal No. 29. ... Wade Redden(notes) sparked some shock and awe from Blueshirts fans for a second-period fight against Benoit Pouliot(notes) of the Habs. ... Finally, although they lost the game, Pavel Datsyuk(notes) and Todd Bertuzzi(notes) were just nasty in the skills competition against Antti Niemi(notes):

Did you know?: The Ducks now have an 11-game winning streak in Anaheim against Calgary.

Dishonorable mention: The Ducks' defense didn't do Jonas Hiller(notes) any favors, as he surrendered three breakaway goals. ... Eric Nystrom(notes) was a minus-3 for the Flames. ... Marian Hossa had seven shots and zero points against his old team. ... Ray Emery's return for the Flyers was a tad underwhelming. ... Finally, the Habs had only four players that didn't play to a minus against the Rangers.

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