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No. 1 star: Matt Bradley(notes), Washington Capitals

Bradley got the worst of it when trading wild right hands with New York Rangers forward Aaron Voros(notes) in a first-period fight. As he skated off the ice he appeared to ask a linesman, "is this mine?" while pointing at the blood cascading from above his left eye. The answer came in the affirmative, which didn't seem to faze the Washington right wing. That was his last act of the period, but after a little time in makeup he returned to make an impact, scoring the game-winner (video) in an eventual 4-2 win over the Blueshirts. Nice skill play by Bradley, who won a battle with Wade Redden(notes), then used his body to shield the puck from pursuing defenseman Matt Gilroy(notes) before snapping it past Henrik Lundqvist(notes) at 15:09 of the third.

No. 2 star: Carey Price(notes), Montreal Canadiens

Price actually bit on Matt Cullen's(notes) fake in the sixth round of the shootout, but a desperation pad save stopped the puck just short of the goal line, preserving a 3-2 Montreal victory. The knock on the Canadiens' third-year goalie has been that he plays just well enough to lose close games, but Tuesday he was at his best in pressure situations. Price made 13 third-period saves to allow Montreal to tie the score, survived a 7-1 Carolina advantage in shots in the overtime and then turned aside three do-or-die shots in the scoreless shootout before a Maxim Lapierre(notes) goal set the stage for the stop on Cullen.

No. 3 star: Mike Fisher(notes), Ottawa Senators

This one was a battle royale early, with six players earning fighting majors in the opening 11 ½ minutes. But the decisive blows were landed by Fisher. He snapped off a team-high four shots, beating Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Vesa Toskala(notes) for the game's first goal and supplying the game-winner late in the second period of a 3-2 Senators victory.

Honorable Mention: Alex Ovechkin's(notes) return after a five-week absence couple weeks off was no joke. He scored his 15th goal of the season on a second-period power-play. … No shortage of star power at the Garden on Tuesday. Marian Gaborik(notes) scored twice for the Rangers to keep pace with AO atop the league's scoring list with 15 goals. … Caps coach Bruce Boudreau notched his 100th career victory. … Toronto's Phil Kessel(notes) scored his fifth goal to extend his points streak to six games. … First NHL points: Washington's Jay Beagle(notes) (assist) and Toronto's Carl Gunnarsson(notes) (ditto). … Colorado's Ryan Wilson(notes) scored his first NHL goal, fittingly burning a Calgary team that traded him in March. … Joel Ward(notes) and David Legwand(notes) combined for six points (goal, two assists each) as the Predators beat San Jose.

Did You Know?: With man-advantage goals by Steve Sullivan(notes) and Joel Ward in a 4-3 victory, the Predators became the first team to score multiple power-play goals in a game against the Sharks this season.

Dishonorable Mention: The Rangers faced an early 21-11 shots deficit and finished with a season-low 20 pucks on net. … No knock on Michael Leighton(notes), but another injury to a goalie was the last thing Carolina needed. He left with a lower-body injury in the second period as the Hurricanes failed to register their first road win on their 10th try. … Speaking of winless streaks, Vesa Toskala (18 saves) dropped to 0-4-2 on the season.

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