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No. 1 Star: Ilya Bryzgalov(notes), Phoenix Coyotes

The Coyotes keeper made 36 saves for his 19th career shutout in Phoenix's 2-0 win at the Los Angeles Kings. Bryz moved to 12-2-1 in his last 15 starts against Los Angeles. Lee Stempniak(notes) and Martin Hanzal(notes) had the Coyotes goals, with Hanzal's tally being the most controversial of the night.

No. 2 Star: Mike Richards(notes), Philadelphia Flyers

Richards scored his 16th and 17th goals and added two third-period assists in the Flyers' 6-2 rout of the Ottawa Senators that eventually degenerated into a slugfest. Danny Briere(notes) scored goal No. 25 in the win.

No. 3 Star: Martin Brodeur(notes), New Jersey Devils

With the Devils playing vintage team defense in front of him, Brodeur posted career shutout No. 114 in New Jersey's 2-0 win over the Sid and Geno-less Pittsburgh Penguins. Brian Rolston(notes) and rookie Nick Palmieri(notes) had the goals.

Honorable mention: The New York Rangers evidently used up all their goals against the Leafs on Wednesday, falling to Cam Ward(notes) (39 saves) and the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1. Chad LaRose(notes) and Jeff Skinner(notes) had a goal and an assist. ... Ryan Miller(notes) stopped 18 Boston Bruins' shots in the third period as Thomas Vanek(notes) and Jason Pominville(notes) scored for the Buffalo Sabres, who won on the road, 4-2. ... Steven Stamkos(notes) scored twice (goals No. 36 and 37) and Dominic Moore(notes) scored the definitive goal in the shootout as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2. Stamkos has 15 goals in 17 games against the Thrash. ... Nicklas Backstrom(notes) had a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals grinded out a 2-1 win at the New York Islanders. Kyle Okposo(notes) and Frans Nielsen(notes) returned the Isles' lineup. ... The Nashville Predators scored the first five goals of the game in a 5-1 victory at the Colorado Avalanche. David Legwand(notes) and Cody Franson(notes) had a goal and an assist. Pekka Rinne(notes) had 32 saves. Matt Duchene(notes) scored his 19th for the Avs. ... Jean-Sebastien Giguere(notes) made 26 saves and Mikhail Grabovski(notes) scored two third-period goals to ice the game, as Giggy defeated his former team the Anaheim Ducks, 5-2. ... Joe Pavelski(notes) scored the lone shootout goal as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Vancouver Canucks on the road, 2-1. Henrik Sedin(notes) and Logan Couture(notes) had the goals in regulation. ... The Detroit Red Wings blew a 3-0 lead, but Darren Helm's(notes) overtime goal gave them a 4-3 win at the St. Louis Blues. Jakub Kindl(notes) scored his first NHL goal. ... The Dallas Stars doubled up the Edmonton Oilers, 4-2, as Jamie Benn(notes) had a goal and an assist, this beauty being the goal:

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Did you know? San Jose signed local university goalie Jordan White to a one-day amateur tryout contract to back up Niemi after Antero Niittymaki(notes) hurt his groin the game-day skate and was placed on injured reserve, meaning he'll miss at least a week. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: As badly as the Kings were jobbed by video review, GM Dean Lombardi calling out NHL VP Mike Murphy for bias against LA because he didn't get a front office job with them was bad form. ... Bobby Ryan(notes) was a minus-4 against Brian Burke's Leafs. ... Bobby Butler(notes) of the Senators and Cam Fowler(notes) of the Ducks were minus-3. ... Finally, the Sharks had to overcome an overtime power play by the Canucks because Dan Boyle(notes) delivered a gloved punch to Ryan Kesler(notes). Which wasn't smart.

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