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Wednesday's Three Stars: Lundqvist, Perry star in victories

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No. 1 star: Henrik Lundqvist(notes), New York Rangers

The Rangers netminder was under assault from the Los Angeles Kings in the third period of New York's 4-2 win. Los Angeles outshot the Rangers 10-1 in the final frame, but New York managed to hold on for the two points. Lundqvist made 34 saves including this beauty on Teddy Purcell(notes) in the first period for his fifth win of the season.

No. 2 star: Corey Perry(notes), Anaheim Ducks

Perry set the tone early in Anaheim's 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild. His two goals in the first eight minutes of the game gave him seven points in his first six games for the Ducks in '09-10.

No. 3 star: Vinny Prospal, New York Rangers

Prospal was an integral part in the Rangers win, scoring two power-play goals in the first period, his 200th and 201st in the NHL as New York extended their winning streak to six games. Prospal would add an assist in the third period on a Marian Gaborik(notes) goal .

Honorable Mention: Marian Gaborik scored his sixth goal of the season for the Rangers and has now beaten goalies in five of New York's seven games so far this season ... Rookie Michael Del Zotto(notes) assisted on two goals and continues to impress on the Rangers blue line ... The Dallas Stars made fantasy owners happy in their 6-0 win over the Nashville Predators. Loui Eriksson(notes) potted two goals and assisted on another, Brendan Morrow scored twice, while Brad Richards(notes) added a goal and two assists. Youngsters James Neal(notes) (three assists) and Jamie Benn(notes) (two assists) were involved in much of the Stars scoring ... Marty Turco(notes) recorded his 37th career shutout ... Eric Belanger(notes) scored a goal and assisted on a late tally as the Wild fell to Anaheim .. Nikolai Khabibulin's(notes) 35 saves against his former team weren't enough as Edmonton fell to Chicago 4-3 ... I predicted Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz(notes) would score a goal tonight to break his slump. Well, shootout goals may not count in the totals, but he did beat Cam Ward(notes) for the shootout winner tonight in Carolina ... Evgeni Malkin(notes) continues to dominate the Hurricanes scoring a goal and adding an assist tonight ... Down 2-0 to the Penguins, Ray Whitney(notes) led the charge back with two third period goals for the Hurricanes. Whitney now has a three game point streak for the 'Canes ... Ward made 36 saves in defeat, with one coming on Bill Guerin(notes) that could be considered highway robbery:

Did You Know?: The New York Rangers are 12-1 in their last 13 home games? (AP)

Dishonorable Mention: Dan Ellis(notes) was not long for duty tonight after allowing three goals on the first three shots he faced against Dallas. His replacement, Pekka Rinne(notes), ended up making 20 saves in relief, but allowing three goals as well ... All four of Minnesota's losses have come on the road ... Chicago's Patrick Sharp(notes) missed a penalty shot in the second period and is now 0-for-3 in his career ... Los Angeles' power-play was 1-for-7 against the Rangers ... Kris Letang(notes) is having a rough week. First, he gets his finger chomped on by Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell(notes), then he gets rocked by Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu(notes):

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