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Sunday's Three Stars: Howard is the man

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No. 1 star, Jimmy Howard(notes), Detroit Red Wings:
We could be witnessing a changing of the guard in Detroit's net. Long expected to develop into Detroit's No. 1 goalie, Jimmy Howard may be getting just that chance now. Howard made 28 saves, one of which was a penalty shot and he thwarted a breakaway attempt on another, as the Red Wings capped a good weekend with their third point in two days thanks to a comeback victory in New York. Howard will read that coach Mike Babcock has already gone public with his intentions to start him again in goal when Detroit next plays against St. Louis, thus keeping 37-year-old two-time Stanley Cup winner Chris Osgood(notes) in the backup role. Howard has started five of Detroit's past seven games.

No. 2 star, Corey Perry(notes), Anaheim Ducks:
The feisty winger scored his team-leading 15th goal early in the third period to enable Anaheim to tie the game for the third and final time in regulation. Perry, whose franchise-record 19-game point streak ended last week, extended his home point streak to 15 games. Perry added an assist as well to his four shots and three hits on 23:44 of ice time during a night in which he was a plus-3.

No. 3 star, Filip Kuba(notes), Ottawa Senators:
The defenseman scored only his second goal of the season 64 seconds into the third period to give the Senators their third one-goal lead of regulation. The veteran was a plus-2 with three shots on goal and three blocked shots during 24:53 of ice time that helped snap Ottawa's four-game losing streak during the finale of a five-game trip.

Honorable mention: Alexei Kovalev and Daniel Alfredsson(notes) scored during the first two rounds of a successful shootout for the Senators at Anaheim. … Daniel Cleary scored an even-strength, tie-breaking goal at 17:57 of the third period to lead Detroit to victory on the road.

Did you know?: Detroit is 11-1 against the Rangers since Valentine's Day, 1999.

Dishonorable mention: Despite their win in a shootout, the Senators surrendered one- goal leads three times within a minute of scoring themselves against the Ducks in a game pitting the same teams that met in the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. … Anton Volchenkov(notes) had a tough night in Anaheim as the Ottawa defenseman was a minus-3 including having a Ducks' shot glance off his jersey and into the goal. … Winning Sens' goalie Brian Elliott(notes) was embarrassed when he was fooled by a carom off the glass that resulted in Ryan Getzlaf(notes) scoring a tying goal from the red line.

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