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Sunday's Three Stars: Vandermeer stuns Ducks in OT

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No. 1 star: Jim Vandermeer(notes), Phoenix Coyotes

No, the Turkey Day tryptophan dosage isn't still messing with your mind: Vandermeer, not exactly a Paul Coffey type on defense, scored to tie the game early in the third period and then beat the Anaheim Ducks in overtime, 3-2, with a one-timer from a Robert Lang(notes) pass. Vandermeer now has four goals in 26 games after entering the season with 18 in 312 career games.

No. 2 Star: Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks

Boyle had a perfect read on his second-period power-play goal against the Vancouver Canucks, which turned out to be a key tally in the Sharks' 4-2 victory. Joe Thornton(notes) skated towards the crease and fired a shot at Roberto Luongo(notes) (26 saves), who shouldered the puck right to a cutting Boyle for his sixth goal of the season. Boyle also led the Sharks in TOI with 24:34.

No. 3 Star: Corey Perry(notes), Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks forward earned the secondary assist on Bobby Ryan's(notes) game-tying goal at 18:06 of the third, scoring a point for the 18th straight game and breaking the Anaheim franchise record for points in consecutive games set by Teemu Selanne(notes) in 1999. For that, he receives a star. (The fact that there were only two games on the schedule last night might have contributed to this as well.)

Honorable mention: Stick tap to San Jose's Frazer McLaren(notes), who scored his first NHL goal on a play that featured him crushing Christian Ehrhoff(notes) with a check and then redirecting a Joe Pavelski(notes) pass past Luongo. ... Kyle Wellwood(notes) had a goal and an assist for the Canucks. ... Joe Thornton has an eight-game scoring streak. ... Both Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) (26 saves) and Jean-Sebastien Giguere(notes) (23 saves) had strong stretches in the Coyotes/Ducks game. ... The Sharks welcomed back captain Rob Blake(notes) and forward Devon Setoguchi from injury.

Did you know?: Bryzgalov is now 7-5-2 against the Ducks in his career; Anaheim drafted him 44th overall in the 2000 draft.

Dishonorable mention: After going 4-for-5 against the Oilers on Saturday, the Canucks' power-play didn't register a shot in four chances against the Sharks, according to the AP. ... Finally, the NHL announced Sunday that Matt Cooke(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins was suspended for two games for "a deliberate check to the head area" of New York Rangers forward Artem Anisimov(notes). Which means he'll miss Monday's game against the Rangers at MSG, which is a shame.

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