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No. 1 Star: Miikka Kiprusoff(notes), Calgary Flames

Kiprusoff pumped a fist after his second shutout in his last three starts and the 36th shutout of his career, stopping all 27 San Jose Sharks' shots in a 4-0 victory. The Flames spotted him with a 4-0 lead in the first period; he stopped 21 shots in the next 40 minutes to preserve it.

No. 2 Star: Anders Lindback(notes), Nashville Predators

Things got a little freaky for Anders The Giant near the end, but his 42 saves gave the Predators a 4-3 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Preds had a 4-1 lead in the third before Martin St. Louis(notes) and Adam Hall(notes) scored 57 seconds apart for Tampa, but Lindback held the fort with 14 saves in the period. With the victory, Nashville has the best record in the NHL (5-0-3, 13 points).

No. 3 Star: Brandon Dubinsky(notes), New York Rangers

Along with leading all Rangers forwards in ice time, Dubinsky shot to set up Ryan Callahan's(notes) deflection for a power-play goal and his empty-netter iced it for a 3-1 Rangers' win over the bumbling New Jersey Devils. Stick tap to Henrik Lundqvist(notes) for coming up big when he needed to during a 27-save performance.

Honorable mention: Rene Bourque(notes) remained torrid for the Flames, scoring goals Nos. 5 and 6 in the victory. Jarome Iginla(notes) and Craig Conroy(notes) had the other tallies. ... This was the first time the Sharks have been shut out in the regular season since Feb. 10. ... Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) had the Devils' lone goal in his return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch on Saturday. ... Shea Weber(notes) and Sergei Kostitsyn(notes) each scored their first of the season for the Predators, while Cody Franson(notes) and Colin Wilson(notes) each scored their second. ... Michal Rozsival opened the scoring for the Rangers.

Did you know? Jerred Smithson(notes) played in his 400th NHL game for the Predators.

Dishonorable mention: Antti Niemi(notes) was yanked after giving up three goals on five shots, although the Sharks defense did him no favors. ... The Devils gave the Rangers seven power plays, as Jamie Langenbrunner(notes) had three minor penalties on his own. ... The Devils dropped to a putrid 2-6-1 on the season. ... Finally, Steven Stamkos(notes) was shaken up on a Martin Erat(notes) cross-check into the end boards but returned to the game. Erat was given a minor penalty. Said Stamkos: "I was off balance ... he gives me a little nudge. Quick play. Things like that happen."

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