NHL Three Stars: Crawford blanks Ducks; Havlat helps Sharks

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No. 1 Star: Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks

Behind 29 saves from Crawford, the Blackhawks won their second straight over the Anaheim Ducks 2-0, thanks to goals from Marian Hossa and captain Jonathan Toews. Hossa now has points in 11 of his last 13 games. The shutout was Crawford's first of the season and ninth of his career. The win moves Chicago to a point behind Anaheim for the NHL's best.

No. 2 Star: Martin Havlat, San Jose Sharks

Havlat recorded his first multi-point game since Dec. 17 with a goal and an assist during San Jose's 2-1 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars. In the second period, Havlat tipped home a Scott Hannan shot to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Later, in overtime, Havlat helped set up Tommy Wingels' winning goal 1:52 into the extra frame:

No. 3 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins captain scored a goal and assisted on another as Pittsburgh routed the Buffalo Sabres 5-1. Crosby's goal came in highlight-reel fashion in the second period after splitting the Buffalo defense before chipping a shot over Ryan Miller's glove:

Honorable Mention: Alex Stalock made 19 saves, including this doorstop robbery on Jamie Benn:

Not to be outdone by his teammate, Evgeni Malkin also had two points, including this pretty goal:

Did You Know? "Todd McLellan coached his 434th game with the Sharks, tying Darryl Sutter for the most in franchise history." (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Buffalo has not won in their last eight games at home and is 4-12 in their last 16 meetings with the Penguins ... The Ducks have now lost four of five and have been shutout in two of their last three games ... Anaheim went 0-for-5 on the power play.

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