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Tuesday's three stars: Norrena at his stingy best against Flames

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No. 1 star: Fredrik Norrena, Columbus Blue Jackets – The team's back-up goalie followed a 43-save effort Sunday against Detroit by stopping everything Calgary threw at him. Norrena turned away 18 shots for his first shutout of the season and the fourth of his career to lead the Blue Jackets to a 3-0 win over the playoff-hungry Flames. The 33-year-old outdueled fellow countryman Miikka Kiprusoff and allowed few rebounds in the process. Norrena was pressed into duty Sunday after starter Pascal Leclaire suffered a concussion during warmups.

No. 2 star: Brad Boyes, St. Louis Blues – The 25-year-old winger who has enjoyed a breakout season scored his team-leading 38th goal in regulation and was the only skater to convert in the shootout as the St. Louis Blues snuck into Montreal and took a point from the Canadiens with a 4-3 victory. Boyes was a plus-1 with two shots on goal, had one block, two hits and a 6-5 edge in the faceoff circle during 17:53 of ice time. Boyes helped the Blues win their first game on the road since Feb. 14. St. Louis had been 0-7-3 on foreign ice since.

No. 3 star: Brian Boucher, San Jose Sharks – Signed at the trade deadline to back up Evgeni Nabokov, the veteran goalie made his second start for his new team and nearly duplicated the shutout he pitched during his debut. Boucher stopped 29 of 30 shots to lead San Jose to a ninth straight win on the road and a point in a 13th straight game (12-0-1). Boucher ran his shutout streak to 105:13 before finally allowing a goal in a San Jose sweater.

Honorable mention: Sean Avery, New York Rangers (two goals, plus-2, three shots and three hits in 5-2 win over Pittsburgh); Sam Gagner, Edmonton Oilers (goal, two assists, four shots, 2-0 in draws during 8-4 victory, the team's third straight); Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (goal for season's 100th point in 4-2 win at Nashville); Alexei Ponikarovsky, Toronto Maple Leafs (goal, assist, plus-1, three shots on goal and 19:12 of ice time during 3-1 win at the Islanders); Manny Malhotra, Columbus Blue Jackets (two goals for second straight game).

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