NHL Three Stars: Getzlaf leads Ducks to seventh straight win; Hutton, McElhinney impress

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No. 1 Star: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks captain enjoyed a big night during their 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars. The Stars opened up a 3-1 lead in the first period before the Ducks scored five unanswered goals. Scoring once and assisting on three others, Getzlaf helped Anaheim to their seventh straight win. Corey Perry scored twice, both assisted by Getzlaf, and finished with a three-point night.

No. 2 Star: Carter Hutton, Nashville Predators

With Pekka Rinne enjoying a Sunday night off, Hutton made his first start for the Predators and backstopped them to a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The victory was Hutton's first in the NHL and he impressed making 38 saves. Eric Nystrom, Patric Hornqvist and Matt Cullen all scored first period goals to for the Predators.

No. 3 Star: Curtis McElhinney, Columbus Blue Jackets

Giving Sergei Bobrovsky a rest McElhinney was stellar, making 37 stops as the Blue Jackets beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 for their first win at Nationwide Arena this season. He was kept busy all night, especially the third period where he made 16 saves, including this one on the doorstop to deny Chris Higgins:

Honorable mention: R.J. Umberger and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist for Columbus in the third period. Umberger put home the winner on a nifty little play:

Mike Santorelli won 12 of 15 draws for the Canucks ... Nashville has a five-game point streak ... After entering the game 1-for-23 on the power play, the Ducks cashed in on two of their five man advantage opportunities.

Did you Know? Teemu Selanne is first NHL player 43 years or older to score in three consecutive games since Gordie Howe did so at age 51 in 1979. (Ducks)

Dishonorable mention: Jonas Hiller lasted one period, allowing three goals on 12 shots, before being pulled ... Should Ryan Garbutt of the Stars receive any punishment for this head on Dustin Penner? Is it a head shot or does Garbutt make first contact with Penner's chest/jaw and their heads collide?

Penner was alert and walking on his own after the game as he underwent further evaluation.

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