Saturday’s Three Stars: Geno, Whitney tricks; emotional Sens win

No. 1 Star: Ray Whitney(notes), Phoenix Coyotes

The Wizard had yet to score a goal this season for his new team, but made up for lost time against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. Whitney scored a hat trick and matched a career high with five points overall in Phoenix's 5-3 win over the Blues. He scored two goals in the second period and then put the game out of reach with an empty-netter for the trick. Radim Vrbata(notes) and Matin Hanzal had the other goals; David Backes(notes), Andy McDonald(notes) and Brad Boyes(notes) scored for the Blues.

No. 2 Star: Brian Elliott(notes), Ottawa Senators

No one had outdueled Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas(notes) ... until Saturday. Elliott made 31 saves for his seventh career shutout, handing Thomas his first loss of the season in Ottawa's 2-0 victory in Boston. Erik Karlsson(notes) and Daniel Alfredsson(notes) had the goals. The win followed the devastating news that assistant coach Luke Richardson's 14-year-old daughter had died after "an accident at their home (Friday) [when] Daron tried to take her life by hanging." She later died at the hospital. Condolences to the Richardson family for their loss.

No. 3 Star: Evegni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

Geno had one goal in his last eight games entering the Penguins' contest at the Atlanta Thrashers, but he exploded for a hat-trick and an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-2 win. Malkin scored to tie the game in the second, picked up the secondary helper on Sidney Crosby's(notes) 12th of the season, and then scored on the power play and into an empty net for the trick.

Honorable mention: Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) won his second straight start for the Penguins. ... Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist, and Jiri Hudler(notes) scored his first goal in 19 months, as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-1. ... Claude Giroux(notes) and Mike Richards(notes) each scored two goals while rookie sensation Sergei Bobrovsky(notes) made 34 saves to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win against the Florida Panthers. The Flyers are on an 8-0-1 streak, and peppered Scott Clemmensen(notes) with 42 shots. ... Ryan Kesler(notes) scored twice and Mason Raymond(notes) notched the game-winner in the third period as the Vancouver Canucks overcame the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3. Roberto Luongo(notes) made 16 saves in the third period, helping his team hold off a fired-up Leafs club. Daniel Sedin(notes) scored goal No. 11. Nazem Kadri(notes) played 18:05 and had one shot for the Leafs. ... Watch Thomas Vanek's(notes) overtime game-winner here, as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2, for their first home win of the season. Ryan Miller(notes) made 23 saves in his first game back from injury. ... Cal O'Reilly's shootout goal against Marty Turco(notes) was the difference in the Nashville Predators' 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Cody Franson(notes) forced overtime with a third-period goal. Jack Skille(notes) netted two for the Blackhawks. ... Joe Pavelski(notes) snapped his slump with a goal and two assists, helping the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames. Ryane Clowe(notes), Logan Couture(notes) and Joe Thornton(notes) had the other tallies. Jay Bouwmeester(notes) and Jarome Iginla(notes) scored in the third to make it tight. Antti Niemi(notes) (28 saves) got the win. ... The New York Islanders have now lost 10 straight, as the Los Angeles Kings set a franchise record with an 8-0 start at home with a 5-1 victory. Justin Williams(notes) scored his sixth goal in seven games, and Anze Kopitar(notes) netted two. ... Finally, Tomas Plekanec(notes) had a goal and three assists in the Montreal Canadiens' 7-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes rallied to tie the game in the second; the Habs then scored five consecutive goals. Carey Price(notes) made 28 saves, including this save-of-the-year candidate:

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Did you know? Mark Recchi(notes) earned his 1,003rd penalty minute. He is the 30th player in NHL history with at least 1,000 points (1,494) and 1,000 penalty minutes. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Here we go again -- Andre Markov injured his surgically repaired knee in a collision with Eric Staal, and is out indefinitely. ... Chad LaRose(notes) and Sergei Samsonov(notes) were minus-3 for the Hurricanes. ... Typical Maxime Lapierre night: crazy fun "spin cycle" goal and then roughing and a misconduct in a wild third period. ... Cam Ward(notes) was pulled for the Canes. ... Alex Ovechkin(notes) was limited to 1 shot against the Sabres. ... Jonathan Toews(notes) and Patrick Kane(notes) have both gone three games without a point. ... Ian White(notes) was a minus-3 for the Flames. ... Finally, Jamal Mayers(notes) was given the instigator, 5 for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct for this fight against Cory Sarich(notes) after a clean hip on Jamie McGinn(notes):

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