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Wednesday’s Three Stars: Vokoun blanks Pens; Parise OT hero

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No. 1 Star: Tomas Vokoun, Washington Capitals

Vokoun earned his 46th career shutout and second this season with a 30-save blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins during a 1-0 win. It was the first time the Penguins have been shutout this season.

No. 2 Star: Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils

The Devils took advantage of a power play opportunity in overtime and Parise cashed in with his 15th of the season 1:08 in to give New Jersey a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. The loss was Edmonton's 11th in 13 games. Parise now has eight points in his last five games.

No. 3 Star: Jason Chimera, Washington Capitals

Taking advantage of a Pittsburgh turnover, Chimera made the Pens pay and tallied the only goal of the game late in the first period. The goal was Chimera's 14th of the year and most since the 2007-08 season when he finished with 14.

Honorable mention: Jeff Halpern won 10 of 12 draws ... Washington blocked 21 Pittsburgh shots. Roman Hamrlik led the way with four ... The Capitals have won seven of eight at Verizon Center ... Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist for the Devils. He's now scored in his last four games ... Kovalchuk's shorthanded tally gave New Jersey their NHL-best 11th goal down a man ... Johan Hedberg made 22 saves for his fifth win in six starts.

Did you know? Pittsburgh has lost six in a row for the first time since Jan. 2006. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Edmonton was credited with 22 giveaways ... Corey Potter was the man in the penalty box serving a tripping call when Parise put home the winner for New Jersey.

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