Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 10/8/11
No. 1 Star: Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres He wasn't given the captaincy, but Vanek led by example in the Sabres' season-opening win over the Anaheim Ducks in Helsinki. He opened the scoring on the power play at 4:02 of the first period. In the second, after Nate Guenin cut the Buffalo lead to 2-1, Vanek did solid work in the offensive zone that led to captain Jason Pominville's goal 1:13 later. Vanek's second power-play goal of the game iced it, scoring off the skate of Cam Fowler. Sabres won, 4-1. No. 2 Star: Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars Lehtonen was brilliant in Coach Glen Gulutzan's debut with the stars, stopping 37 shots and missing a shutout by just 14 seconds in the Stars' 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. He helped the Stars kill three power plays in the second period as Chicago peppered him with 22 shots. Alex Gologoski and glass-shattering Jamie Benn had the goals; Nick Leddy scored for the Blackhawks. No. 3 Star: Mike Richards, Los Angeles Kings In a game playe...
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