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No. 1 star: Martin Erat(notes), Nashville Predators

Erat has been part of the problem this season for Nashville as far as scoring goes, but everything he touched Tuesday turned to gold in a 4-2 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks. Erat's second-career hat trick had a little bit of everything. He started the scoring with a bank shot off Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo(notes) from behind the Vancouver net. Tally No. 2 was a pretty backhander on a partial breakaway and while we never get too excited about empty netters, at least his freebie was scored under duress from center ice. Erat added an assist to have a hand in all four Nashville goals as the Preds beat Vancouver at home for the first time since November, 2006.

No. 2 star: Dan Sexton(notes), Anaheim Ducks

Playing in just his third NHL game, Sexton was instrumental in helping the Ducks pull off an improbable comeback from a 3-0 deficit against the Dallas Stars. Sexton's first NHL goal cut the Stars' lead to 3-2 at 6:08 of the final period. With Anaheim still trailing in the closing minutes and goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere(notes) waiting for a signal from the bench to vacate the net, Sexton played a waiting game with Dallas goalie Marty Turco(notes), then beat him from a sharp angle to tie the game with just 62 seconds remaining. The Ducks would win 4-3 in overtime and Sexton would later say his tying goal was his coolest feeling "multiplied by 10."

No. 3 star: Jaroslav Halak(notes), Montreal Canadiens

Halak faced 45 shots and seven Ottawa Senators power plays, but was up to the task in Montreal's 4-1 victory on Tuesday. It was the Slovak goalie's first victory since Oct. 31 as Carey Price(notes) has nailed down the starting goalie job after a slow start.

Honorable Mention: Ryan Kesler(notes) scored his fifth goal of the season to snap a 14-game goalless drought. … Michael Cammalleri(notes) extended his goal streak to three games (five goals) and Tomas Plekanec(notes) added three assists for the Habs. … Interesting box score from Tuesday's Islanders-Flyers tilt, as Mike Richards(notes), Jeff Carter(notes), John Tavares(notes) and Claude Giroux(notes) each scored back-to-back goals, in that order. … Peter Laviolette got his first win as coach of the Flyers. … Brendan Witt(notes) played for the Isles, which is something.

Did You Know?: Mike Modano's(notes) first-period goal in Anaheim was Dallas' 100th against Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, making the Stars the first team to reach the century mark against the 12-year veteran. The Kings aren't far behind with 97.

Dishonorable Mention: Montreal played short one forward after Ryan White(notes) was ruled to be ineligible after playing four shifts. … A boarding minor (what, no misconduct?) pushed Chris Pronger(notes) to the 1,500 penalty-minute plateau. … Mark Streit(notes) was a minus-3 for the Islanders and his turnover led to a Flyers' shorthanded goal. …

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