No. 1 Star: Jarome Iginla, Boston Bruins
The Bruins win streak was in jeopardy until 3:48 of the third when Iggy tied the score 2-2. Shawn Thornton nabbed the eventual game winning goal and Iginla iced it at 4-2 with an empty-netter. Iginla is on the verge of another 30 goal season after scoring goals 27 and 28 against Phoenix. Boston has now won a league-high 12 straight games.
No. 2 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Just another four-point game for Geno. He assisted on Sidney Crosby’s goal to open the game, scored the game tying and go-ahead goals, and provided the assist to James Neal for the game-winning power play goal in overtime. Pens beat the Lightning 4-3 (OT).
No. 3 Star: Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers have now won five-straight thanks to Mason’s 32 save performance in Philly’s 4-1 win over the best in the west Blues. Claude Giroux contributed two assists; he now has 10 points in the last six games.
Honorable mention: With the Coyotes loss, the St. Louis Blues are the first team in the west to clinch a playoff spot, despite losing to Philadelphia early Saturday … Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored an insane power play goal in Phoenix’s loss to Boston:
… With a 4-0 shut-out of Florida, Jonathan Quick replaces Rogie Vachon as the winningest goalie in Kings history … The Benn brothers combined for three points on nine shots in Dallas’s 3-1 win; thereby, extending the Senators losing streak to four games … In a must-win game for Detroit, Gustav Nyquist beat Minnesota’s Darcy Kuemper to earn the 3-2 victory for the Red Wings:
… Hockey Night in Canada has treated Montreal well in the past few weeks, tonight they took down Toronto 4-3 on the back of a 33 save performance by Carey Price; Price took a stinger during warm-ups and freaked out all Habs fans as he was motionless on the ice for a little bit … Henrik Lundqvist received his 50th career shut-out in New York’s 2-0 win against the Devils; Lundqvist passes Ed Giacomin for the top spot in Rangers shut-out history … Cam Ward received a much-needed boost in confidence in Carolina’s 3-2 victory over Winnipeg; he had to know it was going to be a great night after this miraculous save:
… Curtis Glencross netted a hat-trick in Calgary’s beat-down of Edmonton 8-1; Matt Stajan had a goal and three assists in his third game back in the lineup since the passing of his newborn son … Congrats to Chris Brown (no, not THAT Chris Brown) on scoring his first NHL goal; his third period tally tied the score at 2-2. Washington went on to beat San Jose in the shoot-out, 3-2 (SO).
Did you know? The Bruins had not trailed in a game for 410 minutes until they went down 2-1 to the Coyotes before coming back to win.
Dishonorable mention: Philadelphia’s Steve Downie left the ice a minute into the game after his head made incidental contact with Patrik Berglund’s shoulder … With less than 90 seconds to go, Tampa’s Ondrej Palat tied the game 3-3 and it went to OT; in nearly the same amount of time, the Lightning took a too-many-men penalty to put Pittsburgh on the power play and Neal scored the winner … Bobby Ryan crashed into the end boards at full speed and stayed on the ice for several minutes until skating off to the locker room; he says he’s ok:
…Dustin Brown left the game against Florida in the second period after sustaining an upper-body injury … Toronto’s win-less streak extends to four games. At least they got Dave Bolland back? … Edmonton goaltender Viktor Fasth was pulled after giving up five goals on 16 shots; replacement Ben Scrivens allowed three goals on 15 shots.