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Thursday's Three Stars: Stamkos' five-spot; Ribeiro's heroics

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No. 1 Star: Steven Stamkos(notes), Tampa Bay Lightning

In the game of the night and potentially the season, Stamkos continued his dominance of NHL scoresheets as Tampa Bay edged the Philadelphia Flyers 8-7 in a barnburner. The opening period saw nine goals, while the second period saw five. By the third, the two teams were out of ammo and Nate Thompson(notes) recorded the only goal. Stamkos recorded his second hat trick of the season and added two assists for a five-point night. Joining him with five points was Martin St. Louis(notes), who recorded five assists (a career high) and broke the 700-point mark for his career during the game.


No. 2 Star: Tuukka Rask(notes), Boston Bruins

Entering the game with an 0-4-1 record, Rask made a statement with 41 saves and blanked the Florida Panthers 4-0. A 1-0 Bruins lead quickly turned into 3-0 after Milan Lucic(notes) scored twice in a 15-second span to finish off a natural hat trick. Nathan Horton(notes) assisted on all three of Lucic's goals. Five Boston players finished plus-3 on the night.

No. 3 Star: Mike Ribeiro(notes), Dallas Stars

Down 4-2 with three minutes remaining in the third period, James Neal(notes) and Ribeiro would score 29 seconds apart for the Stars to force overtime. San Jose had scored four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead before the Stars' comeback. In overtime, Ribeiro would add his second of the game to cap the Dallas comeback and give the Stars their fifth consecutive win at home.

Honorable mention: In the loss to the Lightning, Nikolay Zherdev(notes) had his best game as a Flyer with two goals and an assist ... Jonas Gustavsson(notes) made 29 saves and Toronto got goals from Mikhail Grabovski(notes), Phil Kessel(notes) and Kris Versteeg(notes) in a 3-1 win over New Jersey. Rookie Nazem Kadri(notes) recorded two assists ... Pekka Rinne(notes) recorded his 16th career shutout and Marcel Goc(notes) added a pair of goals as Nashville shutout Montreal 3-0.

Did you know?: The high-scoring affair between Tampa Bay and Philadelphia saw 29 players record a point.

Dishonorable mention: Obviously goaltending wasn't a highlight in Philadelphia tonight. Dan Ellis(notes) surrendered four goals on his first 10 shots before being pulled, while rookie Sergei Bobrovsky(notes), who was making his 12th straight start for the Flyers, let in the same amount of goals, but faced one more shot before he was yanked. ... The loss to the Predators saw Carey Price's(notes) four-game win streak come to an end ... Each of San Jose's last three losses have come in overtime.

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