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Wednesday's Three Stars: Getzlaf's four points; Devils, Leafs win

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No. 1 Star: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

In his home debut as team captain, Getzlaf led the way in Anaheim's 4-3 win over Vancouver with a four-point night. He opened the scoring for the Ducks on the power play 2:41 into the game and then helped setup both of Anaheim's goals in the third period to overcome a 3-2 deficit. Corey Perry(notes) and Bobby Ryan(notes) scored 1:18 apart midway through the third to give the Ducks their first win of the season. Ryan started the Anaheim attack on the winning goal by pokechecking the puck away from Henrik Sedin(notes), but was there a missed "too many men" call against the Ducks on the play?

No. 2 Star: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils

Struggling mightily through the first two games of the season, then playing well Monday against Pittsburgh, Brodeur put up another solid performance with a 24 saves and blanking the Buffalo Sabres 1-0. The win was New Jersey's first of the season. The shutout was Brodeur's 111th of his career, extending the record he currently holds.

No. 3 Star: Clarke MacArthur, Toronto Maple Leafs

Three games. Three wins. Three goals from MacArthur. The summer signing from Buffalo scored twice in the second period, including the eventual game-winner, as Toronto outlasted Pittsburgh 4-3. The Maple Leafs now improve to 3-0-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

Honorable Mention: Ilya Kovalchuk's(notes) first goal of the season was the only tally in a 1-0 overtime win for the Devils over Buffalo ... Ryan Miller(notes) made 34 saves in the loss ... Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland(notes) made a statement with his knockout of Maple Leafs tough guy Colton Orr(notes) ... Michal Neuvirth's(notes) 23 saves and Nicklas Backstrom's(notes) goal with 3:39 remaining helped the Capitals to a 2-1 victory over the Islanders ... Washington is now 8-0-3 against New York in their previous 11 meetings ... The Capitals killed off three Islander power plays and are a perfect 15-for-15 shorthanded through four games ... New York's only goal came from rookie Nino Niederreiter(notes), his first in the NHL ... Teemu Selanne's(notes) goal for Anaheim was the 607th of his career ... Joel Ward's(notes) power play goal with 26.7 seconds in the game gave Nashville a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks ... Goaltender Anders Lindback(notes) recorded his first NHL win for the Predators.

Did You Know? Patrick Kaleta(notes) of the Sabres had his Lady Byng candidacy effectively come to an end tonight:

Dishonorable Mention: After suffering a concussion from a Niklas Hjamlarsson hit on Monday, Jason Pominville's(notes) consecutive games played streak of 336 came to an end ... Allowing four goals on 14 shots, Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) kept the Penguins' winless streak alive at CONSOL Energy Center through three games ... Nick Boynton's(notes) "puck over the glass" penalty gave Nashville the power play that led to Ward's winning goal ... Montreal's Carey Price(notes) was peppered all night by the Lightning making 43 saves, but allowed the game-tying goal by Steven Stamkos(notes) with 1:19 to go in the game and then the overtime winner to Ryan Malone(notes) with 51 seconds remaining in the extra frame during a 4-3 Tampa win.

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