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Thursday’s Three Stars: Max Pac hat trick; Chris Phillips’ memorable 1,000th game

Sean Leahy
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No. 1 Star: Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens

Earning their third straight win, the Canadiens saw Pacioretty notch his first career NHL hat trick during a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders. Pacioretty scored in each period to put him over the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career. It wasn't a memorable win just for Pacioretty's trick, Scott Gomez score his first goal in over a calendar year in the third period.

No. 2 Star: Chris Phillips, Ottawa Senators

Phillips picked a great night to break his 75 game goalless streak. Playing in his 1,000th NHL game, Phillips scored a pair of goals to help power the Senators past the Nashville Predators 4-3 to end their seven-game losing streak. The last time Phillips scored a goal was Nov. 19, 2009 in what was his 800th game. Jason Spezza added three points and Alex Auld stopped 24 shots for Ottawa.

No. 3 Star: Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes

Doan's overtime goal 3:05 into the extra frame gave the Phoenix Coyotes a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames and moved them into the eighth spot in the Western Conference:

Honorable mention: Chris Stewart scored a goal and added an assist and T.J. Oshie netted the only goal in the shootout as the St. Louis Blues got by the New Jersey Devils 4-3. Brian Elliott stopped all 15 shots he faced after relieving Jaroslav Halak late in the second period. St. Louis improved to 11-0-2 against the Eastern Conference this season ... Senators fans gave Mike Fisher a standing ovation in his return to Ottawa:

Scott Hartnell recorded a Gordie Howe Hat Trick and Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3. Hartnell celebration after his goal went from a fist-pump to a fight with Dion Phaneuf ... Brad Richards' goal 2:37 into overtime gave the New York Rangers a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning:

Winnipeg scored twice in 12 seconds late in the second period and Bryan Little's goal in the shootout was the winner as the Jets beat the Washington Capitals 3-2. Ondrej Pavelec made 32 saves and Dustin Byfuglien had two points, including this goal from center ice that dipped its way past Tomas Vokoun:

Scott Clemmensen stopped 22 shots and Florida got goals from Mike Santorelli, Sean Bergenheim and Matt Bradley to down the Los Angeles Kings 3-1. The victory was the Panthers' first against the Kings since Nov. 27, 2002 ... Milestone games for Mike Richards (500th) and Keaten Ellerby (100th) ... Henrik Sedin shook off an ankle injury to play in his 553rd NHL game and scored a goal while brother Daniel chipped in two points as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Minnesota Wild 5-2. Cory Schneider made 22 saves for his fifth straight win ... Jamie Benn scored twice and Kari Lehtonen stopped 26 shots as the Dallas Stars defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2.

Did you know? The Dallas Stars are 16-0-0 when leading after a two periods, good enough for first overall in the NHL. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Kurtis Foster was ejected early in the third period for this board of Chris Porter:

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