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Wednesday’s Three Stars: Schneider, Quick pitch shutouts; Dallas back in first

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No. 1 Star: Cory Schneider, Vancouver Canucks

Well this is a good problem to have. After sitting the red-hot Roberto Luongo, Schneider stepped in and made 43 saves in a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Chris Higgins' shorthanded breakaway goal was the only tally. Schneider is 11-1-1 since Christmas.

No. 2 Star: Michael Ryder, Dallas Stars

Michael Ryder has 35 goals. No, seriously. The Stars free-agent acquisition tallied twice in their 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, propelling Dallas back into the Pacific Division lead. Mike Ribeiro had the primary assist on Ryder's first and third period goals; Ryder had a secondary helper on Ribeiro's second period goal. Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves for the win.

No. 3 Star: Jon Quick, Los Angeles Kings

The Kings' netminder set a new franchise record for shutouts in a season with nine, as Los Angeles blanked the Calgary Flames, 3-0. Willie Mitchell, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams scored for the Kings. Quick had shared the record with Rogie Vachon, who set it in 1976-77. Anze Kopitar had two assists.

Honorable mention: Allen York made 29 saves for this first NHL victory, as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2. R.J Umberger had a goal and an assist; Nikita Nikitin had two helpers. Jack Johnson set a franchise record with 32:16 TOI. … Pavel Datsyuk had two assists. … The New York Rangers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to top the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, taking a 5-point lead over the Penguins for the East's top seed. Michael Del Zotto and Ryan Callahan each had a goal and an assist. … Teemu Selanne's third-period goal was the difference as the Anaheim Ducks knocked the San Jose Sharks out of the division lead with a 3-1 win. The Ducks won five of six meetings with the Sharks. Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry had the other goals. Jonas Hiller made 28 saves.

Did you know? The Kings are 26-0-3 this season and 84-0-6 in their past 91 games when leading after the second period. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Jarome Iginla was a minus-2 and didn't register a shot on goal. … Ryan Jones was a minus-3. … Colorado was 0-5 on the power play. … The Ducks were awarded an empty net goal on a Corey Perry shot that went off the side of the net as Dan Boyle slid into the goalpost to dislodge it. Here's how the NHL explained it.

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