Wednesday's Three Stars: Sedin's shine; Hank blanks Isles

Sean Leahy

No. 1 star: Daniel Sedin(notes), Vancouver Canucks

Sedin set a career high in assists with his 52nd and scored en route to a 4-1 Canucks win over the Anaheim Ducks. Andrew Raycroft(notes) made 31 saves and had his shutout bid ruined by Saku Koivu(notes) with less than 12 minutes to play in the third period. Sedin's twin brother Henrik recorded three assists and passed Alex Ovechkin(notes) for the NHL's scoring lead with his 99th point of the season. Darcy Hordichuk(notes) and George Parros(notes) scrapped twice, with Round 2 earning them both 10-minute misconduct penalties. Their first tussle was worth the five minutes in the box:

No. 2 star: Henrik Lundqvist(notes), New York Rangers

Stopping 27 New York Islanders shots, Lundqvist posted his third shutout of the season in a 5-0 rout. The Rangers goaltender snapped a three-game losing streak and was helped out by Marian Gaborik's(notes) 38th and 39th goals of the season. Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto(notes) scored for the second straight game as the Rangers kept their slim playoff hopes alive and now sit five points behind the Boston Bruins for eighth in the Eastern Conference. A three-goal opening period for the Rangers set the happy mood inside Madison Square Garden as well as the Theater inside MSG where fans saw the game in 3-D.

No. 3 star: Mike Knuble(notes), Washington Capitals

Without a goal in the shootout in four career attempts, Knuble was an unlikely candidate to take the winning attempt during a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. His goal in the second period opened the scoring and his winner in the shootout gave the Capitals their third victory over the Penguins this season and inched them closer to clinching the Eastern Conference title. Jose Theodore(notes) made 39 saves for his seventh straight win and further cemented his place as starting playoff goalie for Washington.

Honorable Mention: Montreal's Andrei Kostitsyn(notes) scored twice to snap a personal 13-game drought, but goals from Tim Connolly(notes) and Paul Gaustad(notes) in the final 1:59 for the Sabres sent the game into overtime. Ryan Miller(notes) would deny Kostitsyn and Mike Cammalleri in the shootout to beat the Canadiens 3-2. Carey Price(notes) was good making 40 saves in the frustrating loss ... Despite a late rally by Los Angeles, Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson(notes) stopped Anze Kopitar(notes) and Ryan Smyth(notes) in the shootout in a 4-3 Colorado win. Peter Mueller(notes) tallied his 15th point in 10 games for the Avs and Chris Stewart(notes) scored the shootout winner as Colorado cut the Kings' lead over them to one point in the West ... Henrik Zetterberg(notes) continued his hot play of late with a goal and assist in a 4-2 win over St. Louis. Hank now has eight points in his last four games. Jimmy Howard(notes) won his 30th game of the season and Valtteri Filppula(notes) chipped in two goals. Despite the loss, we did get to see a little vintage Paul Kariya(notes) open the scoring:

Did You Know?: Washington's Jose Theodore is 17-0-2 in his last 19 appearances.

Dishonorable Mention: A win away from his 40th of the year and continuing to add to his already franchise record total by a Kings goaltender, Jonathan Quick(notes) allowed three first period goals to Colorado before being pulled for Erik Ersberg(notes). Number 40 will have to wait ... He hasn't set any Islanders franchise win records this season, but Dwayne Roloson(notes) also allowed three first period goals, but wasn't given the hook as he stayed in for the entire 5-0 Rangers win. It was also the third time in eight starts that Roloson has faced more than 40 shots.