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No. 1 Star: Olli Jokinen(notes), Calgary Flames

Jokinen was the catalyst for this Valentine's Day Massacre, scoring four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the first period to power the Flames' 9-1 trouncing of the Colorado Avalanche. He had helpers on goals by David Moss(notes), Anton Babchuk(notes) and Curtis Glencross(notes), and scored his 12th of the season for the Flames' fifth goal of the frame. At the end of the period, he was hit knee-on-knee by Philippe Dupuis(notes) and was out of the game by the third period. Even cut short, it was an impressive night for Jokinen.

No. 2 Star: Ilya Bryzgalov(notes), Phoenix Coyotes

The Coyotes netminder made 29 saves, including several key ones as the Capitals went 0-for-5 on the power play, helping Phoenix defeat the Washington Capitals, 3-2.  It was Byzgalov's fifth straight win.

No. 3 Star: Alex Pietrangelo(notes), St. Louis Blues

The Blues defender led his team with 22:52 in ice time and had two assists as St. Louis defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2. He created the game-winner on the power play by skating deep into the zone and dishing across the crease to Patrik Berglund(notes).

Honorable mention: Ray Whitney(notes) scored a critical second period goal on the power play to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead, having earlier assisted on Martin Hanzal's(notes) 12th of the season. Vernon Fiddler(notes) added an insurance goal in the third. ... Henrik Sedin(notes) scored his 13th for the Canucks. ... David Moss had a 4-point night for the Flames (1 goal, 3 assists), while Curtis Glencross had 2 goals and an assist. ... Jay Bouwmeester(notes), Glencross, Jarome Iginla(notes) and Robin Regehr were all plus-4. ... Matt Bradley(notes) had a key goal for the Capitals in the third.

Did you know? This was the first time in team (but not franchise) history the Avalanche have given up nine goals.

Dishonorable mention: John-Michael Liles(notes) was a minus-6 against the Flames. Kevin Porter(notes) and Kevin Shattenkirk(notes) were both minus-4. .... A defensive gaffe by John Erskine(notes) led to Phoenix's third goal. ... Dupuis's knee-on-knee hit might draw a suspension. ... Peter Budaj(notes) was pulled for Craig Anderson(notes), who was pulled for Peter Budaj, who was pulled for Craig Anderson. ... Matt Duchene(notes) left the game in the second period with an left arm injury. ... Andrew Alberts broke his wrist in the second period for the Canucks. ... Finally, someone tell Roberto Luongo(notes) that it's customary to give flowers with a Valentine's Day gift this great, as he hands a goal to Alex Steen(notes) of the Blues:

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