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NHL Three Stars: Datsyuk goes Wild; Ellis backstops Canes over Sabres

Getty ImagesNo. 1 Star: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings star delighted the Suter and Parise-jeering home fans with three points to lead Detroit to a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild. He set up Henrik Zetterberg’s goal to break a 2-2 tie in the second. Less than five minutes later, he scored a power-play goal of his own. In the third, he set up Todd Bertuzzi’s second of the game.

No. 2 Star: Ryan Malone, Tampa Bay Lightning

Malone scored two third-period goals to rally the Bolts to a 6-4 win over the visiting Ottawa Senators. He tipped home a Sami Salo shot to tie the game and later collected a rebound to put Tampa ahead for good.

No. 3 Star: Dan Ellis, Carolina Hurricanes

The backup netminder made 40 saves in a sensational effort, keeping the Canes in the game until third-period goals by Alex Semin and Jay Harrison powered Carolina to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Honorable Mention: The 5-0 margin of victory obscured the play of Cory Schneider in Vancouver’s victory over the Anaheim Ducks. He stopped 11 shots in the first period as the Canucks built a lead, earning his fifth career shut out. Mason Raymond had two goals. … Ilya Kovalchuk’s OT goal gave the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals, who earned their first point of the season. Mike Green’s unassisted goal at 17:04 forced OT. … Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron scored third-period goals to power the Boston Bruins past the New York Islanders, 4-2. Dougie Hamilton had two assists. Keith Aucoin had both of the Islanders goals. … Sidney Crosby scored twice, but the Winnipeg Jets stormed back with four straight goals to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2. Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd had a goal and an assist each. … Zach Parise scored two goals in the loss. … Valtteri Filppula and Brendan Smith were both a plus-3. … Sami Salo was a plus-5 for the Lightning. … Kyle Turris scored his fourth of the season in a losing effort for Ottawa. …

Did You Know? Thomas Vanek scored his third of the season. Vanek has been on the ice for all 11 goals scored by Buffalo this season, and his nine points (three goals, six assists) in the first four games tied a team record. (AP)

Dishonorable Mention: The Ducks gave the Canucks nine power plays, and they converted three times. … The Capitals gave the Devils eight power plays, and Patrik Elias scored on a 5-on-3. … Tim Gleason rag-dolled Steve Ott in a fight, earning an instigator and a misconduct. … Mark Streit was a minus-3 for the Islanders. … Daniel Alfredsson, Kaspars Daugavins, Sergei Gonchar and Chris Phillips were all a minus-3.

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