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Wednesday's Three Stars: Canucks comeback; Crawford irate at non-call

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No. 1 Star: Ryan Kesler(notes), Vancouver Canucks

Both of Kesler's goals were game-tying tallies in Vancouver's 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Anaheim Ducks. Kesler's first was one of two Canucks goals in an 11-second span in the first to take a 2-1 lead. With 21.5 seconds remaining, Kesler sent the game to overtime with a bank shot while on the ice:

Jeff Tambellini(notes) scored in regulation and netted the winning goal in the shootout for Canucks.

No. 2 Star: Anders Lindback(notes), Nashville Predators

Making his third straight start since taking over for an injured Pekka Rinne(notes), Lindback went into Detroit and made 35 saves as the Predators beat the Red Wings 3-2. Lindback's fifth win of the season was sealed when J.P. Dumont(notes) beat Jimmy Howard(notes) to give Nashville a 3-1 lead with under five minutes left in the third period. Johan Franzen(notes) scored his 13th to cut the lead to one before time ran out as Detroit dropped their third straight game.

No. 3 Star: Sidney Crosby(notes), Pittsburgh Penguins

Crosby continued his torrid scoring pace with two more goals and extending his points streak to 17 games as Pittsburgh got past Toronto 5-2 for their 11th win in a row. The Penguins captain leads the NHL in goals with 26th and points with 50. Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) made 23 saves for his 10th straight victory. Rookie Mark Letestu(notes) scored twice, his first goals since Oct. 18th. Near the end of the first period, Colton Orr(notes) and Deryk Engelland(notes) dropped the gloves for the second time this season:

Honorable mention: Ryan Clowe scored a goal and an assist in regulation and then potted the shootout clincher as San Jose edged Philadelphia 5-4. The Flyers stormed out to a 4-1 lead by early in the third until the Sharks scored three times in a 3:55 span to force overtime ... In the loss, Jeff Carter(notes) recorded his 300th NHL point ... Corey Crawford(notes) made 28 saves and won for the seventh straight game and Jeremy Morin(notes) scored his first NHL goal as Chicago upended Dallas 5-3. Jonathan Toews(notes), Bryan Bickell(notes), Duncan Keith(notes), and Dave Bolland(notes) each recorded two points.

Did you know? The Leafs have lost nine of their last 10 road games. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Philadelphia struggled in the faceoff dot losing 43 of 68 draws ... Mike Richards(notes) and the Flyers were mere inches and 0.1 seconds away from winning the game in overtime ... Curtis McElhinney(notes) had to leave the game in the third period after taking a shot to the mask where moments later Daniel Sedin(notes) poked home a goal. Jonas Hiller(notes) replaced a bloodied McElhinney and allowed Kesler's tying goal ... Corey Perry(notes) recorded his 300th NHL point in the loss ... Canucks forward Jonas Andersson(notes) played his first game in the NHL since Apr. 14, 2002 ... Dallas coach Marc Crawford was upset after the game for what he believed should have been a penalty shot after Duncan Keith threw his stick to disrupt Trevor Daley(notes) in the final minute of the game. Via Defending Big D, here's video of the play in question and Crawford's post-game press conference:

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