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Friday’s Three Stars: Ward, Dubnyk shine; Sharks top WingsNo. 1 Star: Cam Ward(notes), Carolina Hurricanes

Ward's first shutout of the season came on a 30-save effort against the Chicago Blackhawks, as the Carolina Hurricanes won, 3-0. Ward made 15 second-period saves, including one on a Jonathan Toews(notes) breakaway, to preserve the 1-0 lead Tim Brent's(notes) first-period goal established. Brandon Sutter(notes) (who had a great overall game) and Jiri Tlusty(notes) scored in the third to ice it.

No. 2 Star: Joe Thornton(notes), San Jose Sharks

Thornton scored on a breakaway at 18:18 of the second period to break a 2-2 tie, and then scored his third of the season into an empty net to give the Sharks a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Joe Pavelski(notes) sprung Thornton on the breakaway. Said Coach Todd McLellan: "It was nice to see Jumbo shoot it, he had nobody to pass to. But he did look behind him. He worried me."

No. 3 Star: Devan Dubnyk(notes), Edmonton Oilers

Don't hand that starting gig to Nikolai Khabibulin(notes) quite yet. Dubnyk was outstanding against the Colorado Avalanche, making 40 saves in the Oilers' 3-1 victory. That included 25 in the first two periods, as Cam Barker(notes) and Andy Sutton(notes) scored to give the Oilers the 2-0 lead. They eventually won, 3-1.

Honorable mention: Roman Horak(notes) scored a goal and assisted on Tom Kostopoulos's(notes) tally to help the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. Olli Jokinen(notes) scored an empty netter; Alex Steen(notes) had the St. Louis goal. Miikka Kiprusoff(notes) was strong, making 28 saves. … Corey Crawford(notes) was every bit as good as Ward, making 30 saves but not getting any offensive help. … Nicklas Lidstrom(notes) had two assists for the Wings, as Henrik Zetterberg(notes) and Tomas Holmstrom(notes) scored. Zetterberg was also 14-3 on faceoffs… Ryane Clowe(notes) and Patrick Marleau(notes) had the other Sharks goals; Antti Niemi(notes) made 30 saves. … Ryan Smyth(notes) had a three-point night, including a goal in the third that came 27 seconds after Ryan O'Reilly(notes) cut the Oilers' lead to one goal. … Matthew Hulsizer appears to be the new owner of the St. Louis Blues.Brad Stuart(notes) did some quality goaltending for the Wings:

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Did you know? Kiprusoff is now 19-4-2 against the Blues in his career. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: St. Louis squandered a two-man advantage in the third period while trailing by a goal, and continue to have the worst power play in hockey. ... Tomas Holmstrom had yet another goal taken away from him on a goalie interference call, as the ref ruled there was incidental contact with Niemi. … Patrick Kane(notes) was a minus-1, was 1-7 on faceoffs and picked up a double-minor for high-sticking in the first. … Finally, Andy Sutton might be getting a call from the NHL for this hit on Gabriel Landeskog.

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