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Sunday's Three Stars: Hiller kept busy; Garon blanks Stars

Sean Leahy
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No. 1 star: Jonas Hiller(notes), Anaheim Ducks

Hiller's counterpart may have had lots of time to rest seeing as how the Ducks managed only 12 shots on Antti Niemi(notes), but the Anaheim Ducks goaltender was sharp, making 42 saves in a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim's 12 shots tied a franchise record for fewest in a game and tied a Blackhawks record for fewest shots faced. The victory was Hiller's fourth in a row and he's won nine of his previous 12 starts.

No. 2 star: Mathieu Garon(notes), Columbus Blue Jackets

All that "Fire Ken Hitchcock" talk has been delayed now that the Blue Jackets have themselves a three-game winning streak thanks to Garon's heroics. He made 26 saves in a 2-0 victory over Dallas and posted his 16th career shutout. Garon has all three wins during Columbus' first three-game win streak since mid-November and has given the team a much needed boost as 2009 Calder Trophy winner Steve Mason(notes) struggles. Before the Blue Jackets began winning again, they'd lost 21 out of 24 games.

No. 3 star: Steven Stamkos(notes), Tampa Bay Lightning

Completing their suspended game from Friday night, the Lightning finished off the Devils 4-2 with Stamkos continuing a terrific sophomore season with two goals and an assist. His first goal shut the lights off in Newark on Friday and his second put an end to any thoughts of a New Jersey comeback in the third period. The 19-year old now has seven points in his last four games and leads the Lightning in goals with 23.

Honorable mention: Cam Ward's(notes) 31 saves paved the way for Carolina's 4-1 win over Ottawa. The 'Canes netminder has won three of his last four starts. Eric Staal(notes) scored a goal in his first game back since taking a leave of absence due to the death of his sister-in-law. And Congratulations to Carolina's Brett Carson(notes) for scoring his first NHL goal. Carolina defensemen Tim Gleason(notes) and Niclas Wallin(notes) both finished the night plus-three ... Coming off a shaky start against the New York Islanders on Friday night, Marty Turco(notes) rebounded with a 39-save performance, but his Dallas Stars teammates were unable to put a puck past Garon in the defeat ... Anaheim's win gave head coach Randy Carlyle his 200th career victory behind the bench ... It took 48 hours, but Mike Smith's(notes) 33-saves against New Jersey was his first against the Devils. In the win, Tampa's Brandon Bochenski(notes) scored his first goal in the NHL since April 1, 2008. Martin St. Louis'(notes) two assists extended his point streak to 10 games. Devils forward Jamie Langenbrunner(notes) recorded two assists the day before he's expected to be named captain of Team USA's Olympic team.

Did you know?: Columbus is 18-2-2 when Raffi Torres(notes) scores a goal. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Antti Niemi didn't face many shots and of the 11 that Anaheim threw at him, two made it to the back of the net. The loss gives Chicago its first two-game losing streak since November.

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