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No. 1 Star: Alex Steen, St. Louis Blues
Steen helped the Blues to put the Calgary Flames away early, scoring a goal and adding a helper as part of St. Louis's four-goal first period. Steen would pick up his third point of the night, a second assist, on the game's final goal in a 5-2 Blues win.
No. 2 Star: Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils
Kovalchuk gave the Devils a strong start versus the Philadelphia Flyers, setting up Travis Zajac for the game's first goal 40 seconds in. The Devils squandered the early lead, however, falling behind 3-1 by the end of the first, so Kovy did it again, setting up the newly-acquired Alexei Ponikarovsky 26 seconds into the second. Granted, it's Martin Brodeur's insane second assist that really makes this play:A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
Wow. Anyway, this time around, the rest of the team would follow suit, scoring four unanswered for the 5-3 win. Kovalchuk finished with 3 assists.
No. 3 Star: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Two assists for the Canuck captain, pushing him past Markus Naslund to become the all-time leading scorer in Canucks' history. Unfortunately, the Canucks wasted the evening. Henrik's second assist gave them a 3-1 lead, but the Dallas Stars clawed back for a 4-3 win. Brendan Dillon scored the game-winner with just inside four minutes to play.
Honourable mention: First goals galore in Buffalo, where Drew Stafford finally got his first goal of the season and Dougie Hamilton finally got the first of his career in the Boston Bruins' 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres... Andrew Cogliano scored twice for the Anaheim Ducks, who dropped 4 unanswered goals on the Detroit Red Wings in a 5-2 win... Marcus Kruger had a goal and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks pushed their regulation unbeaten streak and the San Jose Sharks' losing streak one game further with a 4-1 victory. Joe Thornton and Jonathan Toews fought in this game:A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
.. Craig Adams scored twice as the Pittsburgh Penguins dealt the Winnipeg Jets a 3-1 loss... Mike Richards scored the game-winner early in the third period and the Los Angeles Kings held off the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2-1 triumph...
Did You Know? Jay Bouwmeester played his 600th consecutive game Friday.
Dishonourable mention: Mason Raymond had a goal called off in Vancouver for pretty much no reason... Columbus only tested Jonathan Bernier 13 times... Ian White's hockey stick can go straight to Hell:A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
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