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Three Stars: Richards, Smyth, and Witt double down in victories

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No. 1 Star: Ryan Smyth(notes), Los Angeles Kings

Mr. Smyth went to the desert and had himself a night. In front of a sparce Phoenix crowd (announce attendance: 5,855), Smyth scored twice, including the empty-net insurance marker with with :39 seconds remaining in a 5-3 Kings win. "Captain Canada" also assisted on LA's first goal and Justin Williams'(notes) game-tying goal in the third period.

No. 2 star: Brendan Witt(notes), New York Islanders

Brendan Witt almost never scores, but tonight he doubled his pleasure popping in two second period goals in a 3-1 Islanders in over Edmonton. It had been 92 games since the Islanders blueliner had scored, dating back to January of 2008. New York's win now gives them a 5-1-2 record in their past eight games and into seventh in the Eastern Conference.

No. 3 star: Mike Richards(notes), Philadelphia Flyers

Ending his six-game goal scoring drought, the Flyers captain netted two goals and added an assist during Philly's late-matinee rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2. Richards was one of three Flyers to net three-points on the night joining Jeff Carter(notes) (2 goals, 1 assist), Scott Hartnell(notes) (1 goal, 2 assists) and James van Riemsdyk(notes) (3 assists).

Honorable mention: van Riemsdyk's three assists give him 13 points through ten games and place him atop the rookie scoring list ... Steven Stamkos'(notes) goal gives him eight in his last six games ... Rookie David Laliberte(notes) became the fifth Flyer in franchise history to score in his first two NHL games ... Dwayne Roloson(notes) made 22 saves for the Islanders improving his record to 4-0-1 in his last five starts ... Drew Doughty's(notes) third goal of the season with 4:51 remaining broke the Coyotes backs and gave Los Angeles a 4-3 lead after going down 3-1 midway through the second period ... Anze Kopitar(notes) took back the NHL's points lead with a goal and two assists ... Despite the loss, Phoenix captain potted a goal and added an assist ... Scottie Upshall(notes) scored his 50th career NHL goal.

Did you know?: The Flyers have scored first in 10 of their 12 games (AP).

Dishonorable mention: The Coyotes defense couldn't prevent the Kings comeback being outshot 12-4 in the third period and allowing three goals ... Matthew Lombardi(notes), Denis Grebeshkov(notes), Taylor Chorney(notes), Todd Fedoruk(notes), and Vincent Lecavalier(notes) were all minus-3 ... Mike Smith(notes) allowed 5 goals on 18 shots before being chased.

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