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Sunday's Three Stars: More Iginla mastery; Sabres win in OT

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No. 1 Star: Jarome Iginla(notes), Calgary Flames

Fun fact: No NHL player has scored more goals against the Minnesota Wild than Jarome Iginla, scoring 30 goals and 53 points in 53 games. Yet he hadn't scored a goal in the previous 10 games; perhaps his hat trick in the Flames' 5-2 victory over the Wild was making up for lost time. He potted two power-play goals and an empty netter, adding an assist in a dazzling effort for Calgary. Rene Bourque(notes) had a goal and three assists, Vesa Toskala(notes) made 27 saves for his first win as a starter with the Flames.

No. 2 Star: Patrick Kaleta(notes), Buffalo Sabres

For the Sabres, Brandon Dubinsky's(notes) power-play goal with 1:23 left in the game was a gut-punch. But Kaleta came through in OT for a 2-1 victory at the New York Rangers. He shot the puck from the right wing, collected a deflected rebound, took another shot that was saved by Henrik Lundqvist(notes) and then finally put the game-winner home on the third attempt. (Video here.) Ryan Miller(notes) made 35 saves in the victory.

No. 3 Star: Manny Legace(notes), Carolina Hurricanes

Yeah, about that whole "Atlanta's a solid bet for the playoffs" thing. Legace made 27 saves for his first shutout since April 2008, as the Hurricanes blanked the Thrash, 4-0. Legace now has a 3-1-1 career record with two shutouts against Atlanta. Said Thrashers Coach John Anderson: "We just looked like we were wearing snow shoes, and (Carolina) looked very fresh."

Honorable mention: Chicago Blackhawks winger Andrew Ladd(notes) had a hat trick, but it was a five-goal barrage by the Detroit Red Wings that determined the winner of the big NBC game on Sunday. Detroit chased Cristobal Huet(notes) (13 saves on 17 shots), got goals from five different players and picked up a huge win over their rivals, 5-4, in Chicago. ... Roberto Luongo(notes) made 33 saves and the Vancouver Canucks scored three third-period goals in a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Jannik Hansen(notes) scored the go-ahead goal after two Predators collided down the ice, springing him for a break. Pekka Rinne(notes) made a save but left a rebound that Hansen tapped home. (Video here.) ... Jeff Carter(notes), Simon Gagne(notes) and Danny Briere(notes) scored and Michael Leighton(notes) made 27 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1. ... The rare War Room review of a shootout goal occurred in the Montreal Canadiens' 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Jonas Hiller(notes) (40 saves) stopped Brian Gionta's(notes) shot but his momentum carried him into the goal and the puck ended up over the line. Tomas Plekanec's(notes) shootout goal clinched it. Bad loss by the Ducks, as Gionta and Andrei Markov(notes) scored in the last 2 minutes to send the game to overtime. Hell of a comeback for the Habs.

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Did you know? The Canucks are 7-5-0 so far on their franchise-high 14-game road trip. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Jeff Deslauriers made 22 saves for the shutout, but a hearty "boo" to the New Jersey Devils for meekly dropping a 2-0 decision at the Edmonton Oilers. The Devils had six shots in the first period; they surrendered 32 (!) shots in the final two periods to the Oil. The Devils are now 2-10-1 in their last 13 road games, and are moving snuggly into the No. 4 vs. No. 5 series in the East. ... Carey Price(notes) was pulled after giving up three goals in the first period for Montreal, and Jaroslav Halak(notes) was 21-for-21 in relief. ... Patrick Kane(notes) and Jonathan Toews(notes) were minus-3 for the Blackhawks. ... Marek Zidlicky(notes) was a minus-3 for Minnesota. ... Finally, did Andrew Peters(notes) of the Devils shove a linesman? He denies the charge.

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