NHL Three Stars: Vanek leads Sabres; Stastny’s quick goals boost Avs; Vokoun blanks Rangers (Puck Daddy)

No. 1 Star: Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres Vanek continued his torrid start with his eight career hat trick and two assists as the Sabres dispatched the Boston Bruins 7-4. Cody Hodgson and Jason Pominville each had a goal and two assists as the Sabres snapped a four-game losing streak. Vanek's five points now give him 54 in 46 games versus Boston. No. 2 Star: Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche Stastny picked a great time to score his first two goals of the season. With the game tied 3-3 late in the third period, Stastny cashed in on a power play opportunity and added another just 1:29 later to help the Avalanche over the Calgary Flames 6-3. John Mitchell and P.A. Parenteau each scored twice and chipped in an assist as Colorado snapped a three-game losing streak. J.S. Giguere made 25 saves in his first start of the season. No. 3 Star: Tomas Vokoun, Pittsburgh Penguins Vokoun's 28 saves helped the Penguins improve their road record to 4-1 with a 3-0 shutout of the New York Rangers. The shutout was Vokoun's 49th of his career and second win over the Rangers this season. Simon Despres and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist.

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