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Thursday’s Three Stars: Kings edge Sharks; Bryz blanks Blue Jackets

Sean Leahy
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No. 1 Star: Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings

Brown scored both of his goals on the power play as the Kings fought off the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in the shootout. It was in the fifth round of the shootout that Brown beat Antti Niemi to give LA the lead before Jonathan Quick denied Patrick Marleau to earn the extra point.

No. 2 Star: Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes

A 28-save, 3-0 shutout of the Columbus Blue Jackets gave Bryzgalov his seventh donut of the season and tied him with Nikolai Khabibulin for the Phoenix franchise record with 21. Bryzgalov has won six of his last seven starts.

No. 3 Star: Sergei Kostitsyn, Nashville Predators

Kostitsyn extended his point streak to five games with two goals during a 5-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Predators took a 5-1 lead midway through the third before the Ducks scored three times in the final 10 minutes before falling short. Kostitsyn is now tied with Patric Hornqvist for the team lead in goals with 19.

Honorable mention: Chris Kunitz's goal in the shootout gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The win puts the Penguins now four points behind the Flyers for tops in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference ... Rob Schremp's goal in the second period against his former team broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Atlanta Thrashers a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders ... Behind Craig Anderson's 29 saves and Erik Karlsson's goal in the shootout, the Ottawa Senators edged the New York Rangers 2-1 ... Jaroslav Halak earned his sixth shutout of the season with a 12-save effort in a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers. T.J. Oshie scored a goal and added an assist for St. Louis. Early on Cam Janssen and Jim Vandermeer squared off in a lengthy tilt:

Corey Perry moved to within a goal of Steven Stamkos for the NHL lead with his 41st and 42nd goals of the season ... Pekka Rinne won his fourth in a row with 34 saves ... Jonathan Quick improved to 9-0 in the shootout ... Patrick Marleau scored twice for the Sharks, including the game-tying goal with 4.1 seconds left in the third period ... The Bruins-Canadiens rematch turned into a dud as Boston routed the Habs 7-0. Gregory Campbell and Nathan Horton each scored twice, while Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Milan Lucic had three helpers apiece ... James Reimer won his 17th game of the year after making 25 saves in a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Nikolai Kulemin scored a pair for Toronto who moved to three points behind Buffalo for the final spot in the East ... Mike Komisarek had your "Hit of the Night" with this check on Mark Olver:

Did you know? Barry Trotz won his 451st game behind the bench, moving him into the top 20 of all-time in the NHL. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: The Rangers' five-game win streak came to an end tonight ... Edmonton dropped to 0-6-2 in their previous eight games ... Ryan Suter accidentally kicked a puck into his own net (we'll have more on that later) ... Mike Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec each finished minus-four for Montreal ... In his first game back from a bout with vertigo, Jonas Hiller allowed three goals on nine shots before being pulled ... Columbus has been shutout in three of their last five games.

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