NHL Three Stars: Tuukka Rask, Ben Bishop pitch impressive shutouts

No. 1 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

The Bruins netminder stopped all 40 shots he faced, holding up Jaromir Jagr’s skate deflection goal for a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils. He turned aside 17 shots in the first period.

No. 2 Star: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning

Talk about your stellar debuts: The goalie, acquired at the trade deadline, stopped 45 shots as the Lightning blanked the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-0. Marty St. Louis had a goal and two assists.

No. 3 Star: Adam Cracknell, St. Louis Blues

How could we not give a star to Cracknell, who score two goals for the Blues after being recalled from Peoria on Tuesday? It was his first NHL goal in 463 days. The Blues edged the Blackhawks, 4-3, in an entertaining shootout win.

Honorable mention: The Washington Capitals took over the top spot in the Southeast Division with a 2-1 shootout win over the New York Islanders. Alex Ovechkin had the game-deciding tally. … The Philadelphia Flyers won again, as Jay Rosehill’s first of the season turned out to be the game-winner in their 5-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. James van Riemsdyk scored his 15th in the loss. … Michael Ryder had two goal and an assist in the Montreal Canadiens’ 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. … Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist in his Columbus Blue Jackets debut, as the Jackets defeated the Nashville Predators. 3-1. Sergei Bobrovsky made 38 saves. … The Phoenix Coyotes had three second-period goals and 34 saves from Chad Johnson in defeating the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2. Martin Hanzal had a goal and an assist. … Jonathan Bernier made 23 saves for the shutout while Justin Williams scored twice in the Los Angeles Kings’ 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild. … Cory Schneider had a 23-save shutout as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the Edmonton Oilers, 4-0. Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist. ... Here's Jagr's first goal as a Bruin.

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And a goal that Marty Brodeur stole from the B's:

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Did you know? Minnesota has allowed the first goal in five straight games, after scoring first in 10 of its previous 11. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Carolina has lost 11 of 15 games against the Southeast Division. … Joffrey Lupul left the Leafs game with an upper body injury. … Roman Polak had a fighting major and an instigator for taking on Viktor Stalberg. … Evander Kane was given a misconduct after fighting Alexei Emelin. … Carlo Colaiacovo was a minus-3 for Detroit. … Niklas Backstrom was pulled after allowing two goals on two shots.

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