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No. 1 Star: Evgeni Nabokov(notes), San Jose Sharks

Nabokov made a career-high 50 saves and two more in the shootout to lead the Sharks over the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2. He made 18 in the first period and 16 in the third period. San Jose received goals from Dwight Helminen(notes) and Joe Thornton(notes) in regulation, while Patrick Marleau(notes) had the lone goal in the shootout. Detroit remains in the No. 10 seed in the West, while the Sharks extended their lead in the conference ... which means there's obviously a chance the two could meet in a 1-vs.-8 playoff series.

No. 2 Star: Brandon Sutter(notes), Carolina Hurricanes

Sutter already had a power-play goal and a helper on Stephane Yelle's(notes) second-period goal when he made a key play to set up Sergei Samsonov's(notes) OT game-winner. After Steve Montador(notes) slipped, fell and lost the puck near the Buffalo net (video), Sutter made a backhand pass to the slot that Samsonov buried for the 4-3 victory over the Sabres. Manny Legace(notes) made 21 saves. Ray Whitney(notes) scored his 17th, which Derek Roy(notes) scored two goals in the loss. 

No. 3 Star: Alexander Semin(notes), Washington Capitals

Two of the hottest teams in 2010 put on a show Thursday night, with the Ottawa Senators skating away with a 6-5 win over the Capitals to move into first place in the Northeast Division. Jason Spezza(notes), Milan Michalek(notes), Daniel Alfredsson(notes), Chris Neil(notes), Chris Phillips(notes) and Alex Kovalev(notes) had the Ottawa goals. But it was Semin who stole the show, tallying a hat trick with some brilliant offensive moves -- including this incredible sequence in the Senators' zone for goal No. 2.

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Honorable mention: Roberto Luongo(notes) made 31 saves, and his posts made a few more, as the Vancouver Canucks shut out the Florida Panthers, 3-0. Alex Burrows(notes) scored his 26th goal in the win. ...  Mike Ribeiro scored two goals and Marty Turco(notes) made 33 saves as the Dallas Stars picked up a big win at the Calgary Flames, 3-1. Jarome Iginla(notes) scored the lone goal for Calgary. Video replay took away a second Iggy goal, as the War Room prevented an embarrassment for the officials. ... It took a 10-round shootout, but Lubomir Visnovsky's(notes) skills competition goal snapped an 11-game road losing streak for the Edmonton Oilers with a 3-2 win at the Los Angeles Kings. Jonathan Quick(notes) missed the game with the flu for the Kings, as Erik Ersberg(notes) had the pleasure of competing in that marathon OT. ... Finally, the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning played a bizarrely memorable game. The Bruins scored four first-period goals and added a fifth in the second, as Michael Ryder(notes) and Milan Lucic(notes) both tallied twice. Then Marty St. Louis scored twice, followed by another two goals by Steve Downie(notes), to rally the Bolts. But Tuukka Rask(notes) (31 saves) and the Bruins survived for a 5-4 road victory. Downie also attempted to fight Miro Satan before getting roughed up by Zdeno Chara(notes). ... Brendan Morrison(notes) was a plus-4 for Washington.

Did you know? Bruins RW Mark Recchi(notes) played in his 1,549th NHL game, tying him for ninth place on the career list with Alex Delvecchio. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Antero Niittymaki(notes) was pulled after the first period, although Vinny Lecavalier said the problem was the support in front of him. ... The Bruins came away with two points, but also suffered the indignity of surrendering four goals of their five-goal lead. ... The Flames (2) and the Stars (1) combined for three too many men on the ice penalties in their game.

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