Saturday's Three Stars: Wings beat clock again; Rinne blanks Jackets

No. 1 Star: Henrik Zetterberg(notes), Detroit Red Wings

A night after waiting until the very last moment to send their game against the Edmonton Oilers to overtime, the Red Wings did it again against the Vancouver Canucks, except the late tally tonight was a game winner. Zetterberg's goal with 0.3 seconds left in overtime broke the hearts of fans at GM Palace to give Detroit a stunning 4-3 victory. The win puts the Red Wings two points ahead of the Calgary Flames for eighth in the Western Conference. Valtteri Filppula(notes) had a three-point night and Todd Bertuzzi(notes) and Pavel Datsyuk(notes) scored five seconds apart during a three-goal second period for Detroit. Here's Zetterberg's OT winner:

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No. 2 Star: Pekka Rinne(notes), Nashville Predators

One of, if not the, hottest goalies in the NHL has been Rinne and he continued his mastery Saturday night with a 1-0 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Cody Franson(notes) scored the game winner and Rinne stopped 33 shots, including a Mike Commodore(notes) breakaway in overtime, for his sixth shutout of the season. It was Rinne's second straight shutout and third in his previous five starts. Nashville is 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.

No. 3 Star: Jason Spezza(notes), Ottawa Senators

Ottawa wasted a four-point night from Spezza (which included a hat trick) dropping their fifth straight game 5-4 at the hands of the Dallas Stars. Spezza's second goal in the second period gave the Senators a 3-2 lead, but the Stars fought back with three unanswered tallies of their own from Brad Richards(notes), Jamie Benn(notes) and Trevor Daley(notes) to take the lead for good. Richards would finish with a pair of goals and Kari Lehtonen(notes) would make 25 saves in the win.

Honorable mention: Carolina Hurricanes rookie Jamie McBain's(notes) first NHL goal will be extra memorable because it came in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins with 0.9 seconds remaining ... Tyler Bozak(notes) scored a goal and added an assist in Toronto's 3-2 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens. Brian Gionta(notes) scored twice in the loss ... Tyler Myers(notes) had two assists and was a plus-three, while Ryan Miller(notes) stopped 31 Florida shots for a 3-1 Sabres win ... Colby Armstrong(notes) led the way for Atlanta with two goals and Johan Hedberg(notes) made 25 saves as Atlanta beat Philadelphia 5-2 to move within a point of the Boston Bruins for eighth place in the Eastern Conference ... Returning from a two-game suspension, Alex Ovechkin(notes) scored his 45th of the season to tie Sidney Crosby(notes) for the NHL lead, while Jose Theodore(notes) had 33 saves in a 3-1 Washington win over Tampa Bay ... Dustin Boyd(notes) of the Nashville Predators played in his 200th NHL game ... The Phoenix Coyotes keep rolling, beating the Chicago Blackhawks in front of a sold-out Arena 5-4 in the shootout. Lee Stempniak(notes) continued his torrid scoring pace with two goals giving him nine in eight games since being traded from Toronto. Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) stopped 34 shots as Phoenix won their eighth straight game, putting them one point behind San Jose for tops in the Pacific Division ... Despite being beat by Henrik Zetterberg with under a second to go in overtime, Roberto Luongo(notes) kept busy making 50 saves against Detroit ... Kings' goaltender Jonathan Quick(notes) snapped a three-game losing streak with 26 saves to blank the New York Islanders 1-0. Brad Richardson(notes) scored the only goal for Los Angeles as the Kings moved to fifth in the Western Conference ... Alex Steen's(notes) sixth goal in nine games and Ty Conklin's(notes) 29 saves were enough for St. Louis to best the New Jersey Devils 1-0. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond(notes) and Cam Janssen(notes) squared off in the first period in a classic bout that lasted over two minutes:

Did you know? Los Angeles is 27-0-0 this season when leading after two periods. They've won 30 in a row dating back to last season.

Dishonorable mention: Pascal Leclaire(notes) allowed five goals on 14 shots in a loss to the Dallas Stars. It was the fourth time in 11 starts that Leclaire had been pulled. He last won on January 3rd against Philadelphia.

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