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No. 1 Star: Ryan Miller(notes), Buffalo Sabres

Facing his Team USA backup Tim Thomas(notes), Miller continued his strong play in March with a 40-save performance in a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Goals from Tyler Myers(notes) and Paul Gaustad(notes) in a 1:38 span midway through the opening period helped give the Sabres their sixth win in their last seven games. Miller made 14 saves in all three periods, including a penalty shot denial of Marco Sturm(notes) in the first period. It was Miller's 38th win of the season and he improved to 8-2-1 this month. 

No. 2 Star: Cam Ward(notes), Carolina Hurricanes

Playing in his first game since Feb. 3, Ward return to the 'Canes' crease and proceeded to stop 26 Atlanta shots en route to a 4-1 win over the Thrashers. A key moment in the game happened in the third period, with Carolina up a goal, when Ward denied Jim Slater(notes) on a breakaway and Rich Peverley's(notes) rebound. Erik Cole(notes) and Jussi Jokinen(notes) would score to extend the 'Canes' lead to three in the final five minutes. Jokinen, who was playing in his 100th in a Carolina uniform, scored twice to hit the 60-point mark on the season.  

No. 3 Star: Curtis McElhinney(notes), Anaheim Ducks

Getting the emergency start because Jonas Hiller(notes) suffered back spasms in warmup, Anaheim got 30 saves from McElhinney and second-period goals from Corey Perry(notes) and Kyle Chipchura(notes) 49 seconds apart as the Ducks upended Dallas 3-1. McElhinney has  won in each of his last three appearances for Anaheim. Ducks rookie Nick Bonino(notes) scored his first NHL goal in his second game four and a half minutes before Perry and Chipchura extended the Anaheim lead. The Ducks' faint playoff hopes remain as the team sits 11th in the Western Conference, nine points behind Colorado.

Honorable mention: Francois Bouillion's goal one minute into overtime gave Nashville a 3-2 win over Florida. Patric Hornqvist(notes) scored his 30th goal of the year and David Legwand(notes) tallied his first since Jan 2. Dan Ellis(notes) made 27 saves in the victory ... Mikko Koivu(notes) set a career high in assists and points with two helpers and Nicklas Backstrom(notes) made 29 saves in Minnesota's 3-2 win over Los Angeles. Martin Havlat(notes) scored 7:38 into the third period on the power play to give the Wild the lead for good. Kings rookie Scott Parse(notes) scored twice in the loss ... Jari Kurri was on hand as Anaheim honored Teemu Selanne before the game for becoming the 18th player to hit the 600-goal mark. 

Did you know? Buffalo is 27-0-0 when leading after the second period. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: With the Bruins losing to Buffalo, Atlanta missed a vital opportunity to pull into a tie with Boston for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference ... After allowing three goals on the first 14 shots he faced, Tim Thomas was pulled from the Boston net for the sixth time this year ... Poor Tim Kennedy(notes) scores for the Sabres and Versus play-by-play man Joe Beninati refers to him as "Tyler" ... twice:

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