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Sunday’s Three Stars: Elliott blanks again; Crosby’s stellar goal; Tootoo dropped in fight

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Farewell, Panthers' third jerseys. They were officially retired on Sunday night.

No. 1 Star: Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues

The Blues goalie continued his career year, stopping 20 shots, extending his shutout streak to 127:38 and posting his eighth shutout this season in just 33 games in a 4-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. After a scoreless first, he made Alex Pietrangelo's power-play goal stand up until David Backes scored on the power play at 4:09 of the third to provide some cushion.

No. 2 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins captain came through on home ice, scoring his first goal on Pittsburgh since Nov. 21, 2011, in their 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. With the score 2-1 in the second period, Sid helped create a scoring play that resulted in Pascal Dupuis' 23rd goal of the season. Then, after Ilya Kovalchuk scored in the third, Crosby netted the goal of the night to make it 4-2:

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No. 3 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Ovechkin had two points in the Caps' 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild, and was the catalyst for the team all night. He assisted on Mathieu Perreault's power-play goal in the second and then scored his 36th in the third. After some ice time issues against the Jets on Friday, Ovechkin played 26:19 and led the team with five shots. 

Honorable mention: Frans Nielsen scored backhand shelf in the shootout for the 1,000th time, giving the New York Islanders a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Kyle Okposo scored from Nielsen in the third to tie the game. Matt Molson scored his 34th. …  Ryan Jones had a goal and two assists as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-3. Two-point games for Jordan Eberle, Ryan Whitney, Ladislav Smid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who reclaimed the rookie scoring lead. … Evgeni Malkin scored goal No. 46 on the season. … Mike Fisher, Patric Hornqvist, Matt Halischuk and Shea Weber had goals and assists in the Nashville Predators' 6-1 rout of the Chicago Blackhawks. … Brian Rolston had a goal and an assist while Marty Turco won his first game since Feb. 1, 2011 in the Boston Bruins' 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Teemu Selanne scored No. 24 in the loss.

Fight of the Night: In which Brandon Bollig drops Jordin Tootoo.

Did you know? The game against Phoenix was the 3,500th in Blues history.

Dishonorable mention: Steve Mason was chased after five goals on 26 shots in 39:41. … Corey Crawford was chased after giving up for goals on 15 shots in 41:47. … Jack Johnson and Derek Dorsett were a minus-4. … David Clarkson and Petr Sykora were a minus-3. … Finally, the Ducks took issue with this disallowed goal vs. the Bruins; while it's a frustrating one, the rulebook backs up the officials.

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