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Sunday's Three Stars: Schneider shines; Perry gets Ducks' winner

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No. 1 Star: Cory Schneider(notes), Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks bounced back after losing three out of their first four games to start the season with a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night. Making his first start in goal for the Canucks since last November 6th, Schneider stopped 32 Carolina shots to earn his first win in the NHL since December 14th, 2008.

No. 2 Star: Mason Raymond, Vancouver Canucks

Raymond, bumped up to the top line between the Sedins before the game, scored on the power play in the first and then at even-strength in the third for his first two goals of the season. Raymond also assisted on Mikael Samuelsson's(notes) first in the second period. The Sedins would combine for three assists and now have points in all five of Vancouver's games.

No. 3 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

Perry setup Toni Lydman(notes) in the first period to put the Ducks up 2-0 over the Phoenix Coyotes and would later notch the winner with 5:37 remaining in the third period to give Anaheim a 3-2 victory. The top line of Perry, Ryan Getzlaf(notes) and Bobby Ryan(notes) factored in to all three Ducks goals combining for seven points and finishing a plus-nine.

Honorable mention: Jonas Hiller(notes) made 36 saves, including 17 in the third period for his second win in three starts ... Lydman's two goals in two straight games marks the first time he's achieved that in his 10-year NHL career ... Cam Fowler(notes) would score his first NHL goal in the first period, but midway through the second he collided into the end boards and would not return to the game ... Lubomir Visnovsky(notes) led all skaters in time on-ice with 25:39 ... Mikael Samuelsson set up both of Vancouver's first period goals and then scored one of his own in the second ... Manny Malhotra(notes) dominated in the face-off dot winning 15 of 16 draws.

Did you know? "Carolina will have traveled more than 15,000 miles and through 11 time zones before playing its first home game this season." (AP) The Hurricanes home opener isn't until October 27th.

Dishonorable mention: The Carolina power play could not cash in on any of their six opportunities ... Eric Staal(notes) struggled on face-offs losing 13 of 18 ... A concussion halted the consecutive games streak of Keith Ballard's(notes) at 250 games.

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