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No. 1 star, Ryan Miller(notes), Buffalo Sabres:
The Sabres' goalie continued his Vezina-like start by out-dueling Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff(notes), who was sporting an 0.99 goals-against average over his last four games. Miller made 25 saves in regulation and three out of four in the shootout as Buffalo snapped the Flames' four-game winning streak. The league leader in goals-against average, Miller has sparked the Sabres into a tie with the New Jersey Devils for having allowed the fewest number of goals for the season with 35 apiece.

No. 2 star, Rick Nash(notes), Columbus Blue Jackets:
The team's captain scored a goal in regulation and the winner in a shootout to help the Blue Jackets bounce back from their worst home loss in franchise history earlier in the week to knock off the visiting and desperate Ducks. Nash put two shots on goal, was credited with one block and one hit during and a season-high 26:06 of ice time spread over 34 shifts.

No. 3 star, Kyle Okposo(notes), New York Islanders:
The 21-year-old second-year forward, suffering from swine flu that forced him to miss New York's most recent game, intercepted a clearing attempt and snapped a shot past Carolina goalie Manny Legace(notes) with 14.4 seconds remaining in overtime to improve the Islanders to 6-2-3 in their last 11 games. Okposo also added an assist during his impressive 21:23 of ice time.

Honorable mention: Brian Pothier(notes) scored a go-ahead goal, Dave Steckel(notes) won 15 of 18 draws and goalie Semyon Varlamov(notes) stopped 29 of 30 shots as the Capitals won a fourth straight without the injured Alexander Ovechkin. … Islanders rookie John Tavares(notes) enjoyed the first multi-goal game of his career with a pair at Carolina. … Two goals and a pair of assists apiece from Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) and Maxim Afinogenov(notes), along with two goals from rookie Evander Kane(notes), led the Thrashers' assault of the Kings. … Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves during his 400th career game. … Mathieu Garon(notes) had 32 saves and improved to 17-4 in shootouts to win during his first home start for Columbus. … Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith(notes) scored a goal and added an assist during 26:27 of ice time.

Did you know?: The Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in 11 straight games and have not won since Oct. 9.

Dishonorable mention: The Ducks went 0-for-5 on the power play in Columbus and are without a power-play goal in 11 chances over two games. … Defenseman Bryan Rodney turned the puck over with less than 15 seconds left in overtime that resulted in the game-losing goal for the Hurricanes, who tied a franchise record by going a 14th straight game without a win. … Toronto defenseman Luke Schenn(notes) had a brutal giveaway to Patrick Kane(notes) to allow Chicago to jump out in front early on Toronto.

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