Sunday's Three Stars: Hossa's awesome drop shot; Avs take 1st

No. 1 Star: Marian Hossa(notes), Chicago Blackhawks

It was all Blackhawks in their 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, as Patrick Kane(notes), Ben Eager(notes), Hossa and Jonathan Toews(notes) scored goals. But this Hossa goal was the best of the night -- and perhaps the year -- as he snagged a high pass from Patrick Sharp(notes), put the puck down and slapped it out of the air past Antero Niittymaki(notes) (25 saves). Drop it like it's hot, Marian:

No. 2 Star: Darcy Tucker(notes), Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche aggressor scored his first goal since Oct. 21 as Colorado took over sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division with a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames. In the second period, the puck deflected in air as Tucker was camped near the crease; he managed to get enough on it to knock it past Miikka Kiprusoff(notes) (32 saves) for the eventual game-winner.

No. 3 Star: Antti Niemi(notes), Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago backup made 18 saves for this third shutout in seven starts, as the Blackhawks played solid 'D' in front of their keeper.

Honorable mention: Niittymaki had one of the best saves of the year against the 'Hawks. ... Brent Seabrook(notes) had two assists for the Blackhawks. ... Wojtek Wolski(notes) scored his 13th goal and had an assist for the Avs. ... Rene Bourque(notes) had a goal and an assist for the Flames. ... Craig Anderson(notes) made 19 saves for his 16th win, a new career best. ... The Avs had 20 shots in the first period.

Did you know?: Jim Belushi, a "celebrity captain" during the team's 75th anniversary season, dropped the ceremonial first puck before the Blackhawks game.

Dishonorable mention: The Lightning are in a tailspin, going 0-3-1 and 1-6-2 in their last 10. Said Coach Rick Tocchet: "When there's pressure, it just seem like we cave in certain situations." ... Andrej Meszaros(notes), Vincent Lecavalier(notes) and Alex Tanguay(notes) were all minus-3. ... Finally, this is either a jeer for Matt Smaby(notes) for bloodying Patrick Kane on a trip near the boards or a cheer for continuing to build Kaner's street cred with some fresh stitches. Chick dig scars:

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