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Thursday's Three Stars: Lundqvist blanks Canucks; Oilers sink Sharks

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No. 1 Star: Henrik Lundqvist(notes), New York Rangers

Before their game with the Vancouver Canucks, Rangers coach John Tortorella said he wasn't expecting to win the game 1-0. His reverse jinx succeeded as New York snapped Vancouver's 17-game regulation unbeaten streak with a 1-0 win behind 31 saves from Lundqvist. Wojtek Wolski(notes) scored his first goal as a Ranger in the second period as Lundqvist recorded his sixth shutout of the season.

No. 2 Star: Taylor Hall(notes), Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers rookie tallied a pair and assisted on Dustin Penner's(notes) 13th as the Oilers sent San Jose to their sixth straight loss with a 5-2 win. Alex Hemsky assisted on each other Hall's two goals, as well as two others and Devan Dubnyk(notes) made 41 saves for his second win in a row. Hall's three-point night puts him two points behind Logan Couture(notes) for second place among rookie scorers.

No. 3 Star: Keith Yandle(notes), Phoenix Coyotes

Yandle added the empty-netter the helped sink the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-1 loss, but the Coyotes blueliner also helped setup Phoenix's two goals to open the third period and give them a 3-0 lead. Lauri Korpikoski(notes) added two points and Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) made 28 saves to improve to 4-0 lifetime against Toronto.

Honorable mention: Five different Bruins recorded two points as Boston rallied from three deficits to beat Philadelphia 7-5. Steve Kampfer(notes) scored the go-ahead goal for Boston with 1:14 remaining as part of a five-goal third period for the Bruins. Danny Briere(notes) recorded two points, giving him six since being left off the All-Star Game player pool. Scott Hartnell(notes) opened the scoring with this nifty tough-angle goal:

David Booth's(notes) goal with 4:12 to go in the third was one of two Florida goals in a 2:14 span as the Panthers edged Nashville 3-2 ... Drew Stafford's(notes) goal early in the third period gave Buffalo a lead they wouldn't surrender as they got past Carolina 3-2 to improve to 5-1-1 in their past seven games. Cody McCormick(notes) was an assist away from a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, but along with his goal and fight, he drew the penalty that led to Stafford's goal ... Robin Lehner(notes) earned his first NHL win in his first start by making 20 saves in a 6-4 Ottawa win over the New York Islanders to snap a six-game losing streak. Jesse Winchester(notes) and Milan Michalek(notes) each had a goal and an assist, while Sergei Gonchar(notes) finished a plus-4. Trevor Gillies(notes) scored his first NHL goal in the loss for New York ... Ryan Reaves(notes) scored his second NHL goal and Jaroslav Halak(notes) made 24 saves as St. Louis ended a five-game skid with a 3-1 win over Los Angeles.

Did you know? "The Senators are the only team in the NHL that hasn’t won a single game that has gone past regulation." (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Alex Burrows' stick found Marc Staal's(notes) nether regions for an uncomfortable moment for the All Star defenseman ... Mike Brown(notes) will likely hearing from Colin Campbell after his blindside hit on Ed Jovanovski(notes) ... San Jose has lost six straight, their longest streak in 15 years ... The Kings are 1-6-0 in their eight game homestand.

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