Sunday's Three Stars: Getzlaf shows he's healthy; Kovy leads Sens

No. 1 Star: Ryan Getzlaf(notes), Anaheim Ducks

Coming into Sunday night's game with his Olympic opportunity pretty much on the line, Getzlaf showed Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman that his ankle feels pretty good. The Ducks pivot scored twice in the third period and assisted on two others as Anaheim downed Edmonton 7-3. After sitting out Saturday night's game against Calgary because of his ankle, Getzlaf was once again a game-time decision at Rexall Place. Both of his goals came on the power play as the Ducks beat Jeff Deslauriers four times in the final period for the win. Given until Monday to prove to Yzerman that he was healthy, Getzlaf likely earned himself a trip to Vancouver with his performance.

No. 2 Star: Erik Christensen(notes), New York Rangers

After going down 2-0 thanks to a pair of late first period goals, the Rangers clawed back in the second with four of their own. Christensen's two goals came 1:46 apart and gave New York a 4-2 lead. Chris Drury(notes) added an empty-netter as the Rangers won their second game in a row. The multi-goal game was Christensen's first since March 29, 2007 when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist(notes) made 27 saves and has won three of his last four. Sean Avery's(notes) penalty shot goal early in the second period opened the scoring for the Rangers and started their four-goal comeback.

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No. 3 Star: Alex Kovalev(notes), Ottawa Senators

Down 3-1 heading into the third period, Ottawa scored three times to beat the New York Islanders 4-3 and earn their 14th win in 16 games. Kovalev scored a goal and set up Ottawa's final two, which came 1:33 apart in the third period, to give the Senators the win. Blake Comeau(notes) scored twice for the Islanders in the loss and Dwayne Roloson(notes) played in his 500th career NHL game. Ottawa killed off two big penalties early in the third period to stay in the game before Kovalev, Jason Spezza(notes) and Mike Fisher(notes) scored in a 6:59 span to take the lead for good.

Honorable mention: Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos(notes) and Steve Downie(notes) each scored a goal and had an assist in the loss to the Rangers. Downie heads into the break with a three-game goal streak, while Stamkos has scored six times in six games. ... Shea Weber's(notes) blast with under eight minutes to go tied the score and then Cal O'Reilly(notes) and Martin Erat(notes) each scored in the shootout to help Nashville beat Pittsburgh 4-3. Sidney Crosby(notes) scored his 42nd goal of the season and is now tied with Alex Ovechkin(notes) for the NHL lead. Brooks Orpik(notes) scored for the first time since Nov. 26, 2008, a span of 112 games. ... Guillaume Latendresse(notes) scored his 20th goal of the season (18 of those with Minnesota) and Niklas Backstrom(notes) made 27 saves as Minnesota routed Vancouver 6-2. Kyle Brodziak(notes) scored a goal and had two assists. Before the game, the Wild honored four of the eight Minnesota natives from the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team. ... Shawn Horcoff(notes) assisted on all three Edmonton goals. ... Patrick Sharp's(notes) goal and assist helped force a shootout against Columbus and Patrick Kane(notes) and Troy Brouwer(notes) beat Mathieu Garon(notes) to grab the extra point in a 5-4 victory. The Blackhawks and Team USA breathed a sigh of relief after Kane took this hit from Anton Stralman(notes) in the third period, but didn't miss a shift for the remainder of the game.

Did you know? Chicago won its season series against Columbus for the first time since 2002-03.

Dishonorable mention: Roberto Luongo(notes) allowed five goals on 32 shots and was pulled in favor of Andrew Raycroft(notes) after Minnesota took a 5-1 lead on Vancouver in the third period. ... Martin St. Louis(notes) had his nine-game points streak snapped and finished a minus (-3) for the first time in 12 games.

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