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No. 1 Star: Ed Jovanovski(notes), Phoenix Coyotes

Down 3-2 in the third period, the Coyotes received goals from Lee Stempniak(notes) and Jovanovski to pull out a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. Both third period goals would come on the power play and Jovanovski's would complete the veteran defenseman's first career hat trick. Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) made 28 saves and won for only the second time in the past six starts.

No. 2 Star: Chris Mason, Atlanta Thrashers

Goals from Niclas Bergfor and Dustin Byfuglien(notes) in the final 10 minutes helped squeak the Thrashers by the Florida Panthers 4-3. Mason would make 52 saves for the win. Florida tied a franchise record with 55 shots in the game with Mason stopping 43 of them in the final two period. Fredrik Modin(notes) scored Atlanta's first two goals for his first multi-goal game since February of 2008.

No. 3 Star: Jamie Langenbrunner(notes), New Jersey Devils

It was a busy third period for Langenbrunner, before he scored New Jersey's first of two empty net goals in the final minute of their 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, he helped set up a Travis Zajac(notes) goal that put the Devils up 2-0 in the second period and later fed rookie Brad Mills(notes) who would score his first NHL goal with 3:51 left. After Langenbrunner's goal, Viktor Stalberg(notes) cut the New Jersey to one before Andy Greene(notes) locked the game up with one of his own with eight seconds to play.

Honorable mention: Four youngsters notched their first NHL goals tonight: Mills, Jon Matsumoto(notes) of Carolina (he ended up with a pair), Brad Marchand(notes) of the Bruins and Kyle Palmieri(notes) for Anaheim ... Tim Thomas(notes) improved to 7-0-0 with 33 saves as the Boston Bruins beat Buffalo 5-2. With the victory, Thomas snapped a personal five-gamelosing streak to the Sabres ... Mike Grier(notes) played in his 1000th NHL game ... Jimmy Howard(notes) made 16 saves and Mike Modano(notes) scored his second goal of the year as Detroit beat Calgary 2-1 ... Teemu Selanne(notes) scored his sixth goal of the season and would then setup Ryan Getzlaf's(notes) overtime winner as the Ducks were 3-2 winners over Tampa Bay. Jonas Hiller(notes) made 32 saves for his fourth win. Steven Stamkos(notes) scored his 10th goal in the loss ... Sergei Samsonov(notes) recorded three assists and Cam Ward(notes) made 31 saves as the Hurricanes routed the Islanders 7-2 ... Alex Semin would record a goal and an assist and then the clincher in the shootout as the Washington Capitals staved off a Toronto Maple Leafs comeback attempt 4-3 in the shootout ... Jonas Gustavsson(notes) helped the Leafs comeback with this save on Alex Semin:

Sidney Crosby(notes) and Matt Niskanen(notes) scrapped in a surprising bout ... Loui Eriksson(notes) scored twice as the Dallas Stars took outt he Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2. Eriksson's first goal came on a slick-looking shootout:

Did you know? Jovo Cop's hat trick was the first by a defenseman in Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets history. (@azc_mclellan)

Dishonorable mention: Making returns to their individual lineups, Rob Schremp(notes) (minus-4) and Evgeni Malkin(notes) (minus-3) had nights toforget ... As did Patrick Sharp(notes) who was a minus-5 for Chicago ... In Rick DiPietro's(notes) last two starts he's allowed 13 goals. At least he's shown he's healthy, right? ... After failing to allow more than two goals in six appearances this season, Brent Johnson(notes) allowed five goals in Dallas ... The Bruins got the two points despite going 18-for-63 in the face-off circle ... Buffalo is still winless at home at 0-5-1 ... Martin Brodeur(notes) left tonight's game with an injury to his arm. After the game he said he expect to play on Friday. Devils fans will now hold their breath until then.

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