NHL Three Stars: Talbot earns first shutout; four points for Hanzal

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No. 1 Star: Cam Talbot, New York Rangers

Making his fifth start, Talbot improved to 4-1 with 1-0 shutout over the Montreal Canadiens, the first of his career. Ryan Callahan provided the offense with a first period power play tally and Talbot made 22 stops. Talbot's numbers through five games: 1.58 goals against average, .943 save percentage -- all coming on the road.

No. 2 Star: Martin Hanzal, Phoenix Coyotes

Hanzal ended his night with four points and helped the Coyotes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3. It's unknown if he called "bank" before scoring his goal in the first period:

Lauri Korpikoski chipped in a goal and two assists and Radim Vrbata added a trio of helpers as the Coyotes snapped the Lightning's seven-game winning streak against the Western Conference. Rookie Connor Murphy, playing in his first NHL game, scored his first career goal.

No. 3 Star: Marek Mazanec, Nashville Predators

Mazanac earned his first NHL win with a 39-save night during Nashville's 7-2 thrashing of the Chicago Blackhawks. Craig Smith recorded three points and five other Predators chipped in a pair each as they set a season high in goals scored.

Honorable mention: A pair of goals by Jaromir Jagr and 27 saves from Martin Brodeur helped the New Jersey Devils upend the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. The goals were Nos. 687 and 688 of Jagr's career, putting him two behind Mario Lemieux for ninth all-time. Adam Larsson scored his first goal since Nov. 26, 2011 ... Frans Nielsen scored the only goal in the shootout (the 27th of his career) to help give the New York Islanders a 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings. John Tavares recorded two points and Josh Bailey snapped his 10-game pointless streak in the win. The Islanders improved to 6-0-1 in their last seven games against the Red Wings ... Pavel Datsyuk scored a pair of goals while playing in his 800th NHL game, including this one from a ridiculous angle to force overtime:

Alex Steen scored his NHL-leading 17th goal and Roman Polak joined him with a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues downed the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. Steen extended his scoring streak to 13 games, the longest for the Blues since Pierre Turgeon's 15-game one in 1999-2000. The win was Ken Hitchcock's 618th of his career, placing him ninth all-time among NHL head coaches ... Eric Staal and Nathan Gerbe scored shorthanded goals 57 seconds apart for Carolina:

A night after losing to the Buffalo Sabres 3-1, the Maple Leafs got revenge by doubling them up 4-2. James van Riemsdyk, back on the wing, scored a pair in the first period to help build an eventual 3-0 Toronto lead. Mason Raymond had a goal and an assist, while James Reimer stopped 33 shots ... Florida Panthers netminder Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots to earn his 200th NHL victory during a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Tom Gilbert had three helpers, while Scottie Upshall chipped in a pair of his own for the Panthers ... Devan Dubnyk's 32 saves and third period goals from Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky, David Perron and Boyd Gordon helped the Edmonton Oilers overcome a 2-0 deficit to down the Calgary Flames 4-2 in the "Battle of Alberta."

Did You Know? The shutout was the first by the Rangers in Montreal since Eddie Giacomin did it on Feb. 25, 1967. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Not a good night for old goaltenders as Evgeni Nabokov and Nikolai Khabibhulin left their respective games with lower-body injuries ... Detroit has dropped six straight ... Alex Semin had to leave the game in the first period with an upper-body injury after a hit from Alex Pietrangelo.

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