Saturday's three stars: Kessel does in the Senators

No. 1 star: Phil Kessel, Boston Bruins

The young forward came up big on the road, scoring two goals and assisting on another as the Bruins beat the host Ottawa Senators. Since returning from surgery for testicular cancer, Kessel has played in 129 straight games, and few have been better than his effort Saturday. Kessel broke a 1-1 tie with his third goal of the early season at 4:47 of the second period, and he added a second just less than nine minutes later on a power play. Kessel finished with six shots on goal, one blocked shot and was a plus-1 during 16:14 of ice time.

No. 2 star: Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

The vastly-improved defenseman had a big night, scoring his third goal of the season and assisting on three others to lead the Predators to a 6-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Weber was a league-best plus-5 on the night with five shots and three hits during 21:06 of ice time.

No. 3 star: Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks

The offseason acquisition made his biggest impact to date, assisting on two goals during regulation and then scoring the winner in overtime to rally the Sharks from a two-goal deficit to a victory in sudden death over the winless Philadelphia Flyers. Boyle scored at 1:25 at even strength, the last of San Jose's 45 shots. Boyle was a plus-1 with six shots during 24:13 of ice time.

Honorable mention: Kudos to Chicago Blackhawks management in resisting the temptation of firing Joel Quenneville after surrendering a third-period lead and losing in a shootout … Saku Koivu passed Maurice Richard to rank seventh on Montreal's all-time assist leaders (422) with two helpers. … St. Louis' Andy McDonald dominated the faceoff circle against Chicago by winning 16 of 20 draws in addition to scoring a goal and putting seven shots on goal in 24:04 of ice time. … Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots and both shootout efforts during a win over the Islanders. … Pittsburgh's dynamic duo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combined for a goal and eight points. … Detroit's Marian Hossa scored his 300th career goal, an overtime winner. … Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom with 32 saves and a 3-for-3 showing in the shootout over Tampa Bay.

Dishonorable mention: Usually stout on defense and quite stingy in the goal-surrendering department, Dallas has permitted 23 goals in its five games. … It took Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro all of 24 seconds to allow his first goal of the season after finally feeling healthy enough to step between the pipes. … Calgary coughed up come-from-ahead losses on back-to-back nights against Alberta rival Edmonton.

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