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Wednesday's Three Stars: Hossa's double; Pavelec blanks Wings

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No. 1 star: Marian Hossa(notes), Chicago Blackhawks

The highly anticipated debut of Hossa was not a disappointment for the Blackhawks and their fans. A 7-2 rout of the San Jose Sharks included three consecutive shorthanded goals chasing Evgeni Nabokov(notes) after the second period. Hossa scored twice with one of his tallies coming shorthanded. It was the second time in the past week that Chicago has scored seven goals in a game.

No. 2 star: Ondrej Pavelec(notes), Atlanta Thrashers

Thrashers fans are quickly forgetting about injured-goaltender Kari Lehtonen(notes) with every stunning performance by Pavelec. Stopping 40 Detroit shots, Pavelec blanked the Red Wings 2-0 for his seventh win of the season. It was the ninth time this season that Atlanta has allowed 35 or more shots with Pavelec in goal. Almost ruining the shutout was Henrik Zetterberg(notes) who came close to taking advantage of a Pavelec turnover before being robbed.

No. 3 star: Semyon Varlamov(notes), Washington Capitals

The Capitals rookie came up big making 25 saves and posting his first career regular-season shutout in the NHL as Washington blanked Buffalo 2-0. Varlamov, who had lost his previous two starts in overtime, improved his record to 9-1-2. Washington remains tied with Pittsburgh atop the Eastern Conference standings with 34 points.

Honorable Mention: Niklas Hagman's(notes) pair of goals and rookie Carl Gunnarsson's(notes) three helpers were key in Toronto's 4-3 win over Tampa Bay ... Sidney Crosby(notes) now has 23 points in 16 games against the Montreal Canadiens after scoring a goal and adding an assist in Pittsburgh's 3-1 win. Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) made 18 stops for his third straight win ... Jamie Langenbrunner(notes) set up Patrik Elias'(notes) first goal of the season, the game-winner, in the second period and added an insurance tally with the Senators net empty as New Jersey defeated Ottawa 3-1. Martin Brodeur(notes) stopped 24 shots for his 570th career NHL win. Props to Devils color analyst Sherry Ross who made history tonight becoming the first woman to do full play-by-play of a NHL game in English ... Slava Kozlov(notes) scored his fifth goal in six games against his former team, the Detroit Red Wings ... Jonathan Quick stopped 22 shots and Wayne Simmonds(notes) tallied a goal and an assist in Los Angeles' 3-1 win on the road in Edmonton ... Teemu Selanne's(notes) 12th goal of the season was originally the insurance marker for Anaheim until it turned into the game-winner when Carolina's Brandon Sutter(notes) cut the Ducks lead to one with :53 second left ... Duncan Keith(notes) assisted on three of Chicago's seven goals and finished a plus-four.

Did You Know?: Nashville is 12-0-0 when they score on the power play. (AP)

Dishonorable Mention: In a tight game with Philadelphia, the Islanders could only muster one shot in the third period and ended up losing 2-1 to the Flyers ... Dallas went an ugly 29-for-76 in the faceoff circle ... Joe Thornton(notes), Dany Heatley(notes) and Dan Boyle(notes) all finished minus-four. Not the kind of stat category you want to be a leader in ... A hot topic on American Thanksgiving will be Alex Ovechkin(notes) who scored the opening goal for Washington, but made bigger news for his hit on Patrick Kaleta(notes) that saw the reigning Rocket Richard winner given a 5-minute major for boarding and a 10-minute game misconduct. The question now becomes if Colin Campbell's "Wheel of Justice" will be spun and if so, where it will land:

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