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Jan 21

NHL Three Stars: Vanek’s 5-spot vs. Flyers; Hemsky, Oilers top Vancouver

No. 1 Star: Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, and Vanek was in on every goal. He assisted on tallies by Steve Ott (power play), Tyler Myers (power play) and Cody Hodgson. He scored on the power play on a nifty deke move against Ilya Bryzgalov, and then potted the empty netter. It was his first career 5-point game. Linemate Jason Pominville had three assists.

No. 2 Star: Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild

Playing in his first game after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Harding stopped 24 Dallas Stars’ shots in pitching a shutout for the Wild, 1-0. Zach Parise scored his first goal with Minnesota in the win.

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