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No. 1 Star: Nazem Kadri, Toronto Maple Leafs
With four games to go, the Leafs are one point behind Columbus and two points behind Detroit; both teams have six games remaining. Kadri kept the Leafs slim playoff hopes alive with an overtime power play goal against Boston.
No. 2 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Back to normal after a bout with the flu-bug, the reigning Vezina winner pitched a 37-save shut-out against the peaking-at-the-right-time Flyers. The win keeps the playoff hopes alive for the Jackets.
No. 3 Star: Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche
Barrie tied the game for Colorado with 58-seconds left in the game against the New York Rangers (see below). He’d go on to be the only player to score in the shoot-out, on King Henrik nonetheless, giving the Avs the 3-2 (SO) win.
Honorable mention: Worries about the Blackhawks success without Toews and Kane in the lineup can be toned down a bit after Chicago beat Minnesota in the shoot-out, 3-2 (SO) … Eric Staal scored a really weird goal on Dallas’s Kari Lehtonen in Carolina’s 4-1 win over the Stars. See if you can find the puck right after he shoots it:
… They may not be playing for anything, but the Calgary Flames are really fun to watch. Goalie Karri Ramo, once a member of the Lightning, made 31 saves against his former team; while the old guys, Mike Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross, contributed two points each in the Flames 4-1 win over Tampa Bay … Martin Jones started the game for the Kings against the Sharks; Logan Couture scored a sweet wrap-around goal that held up as the game winner:
Maxime Lapierre and Brendan Morrow each notched a goal for the Blues against the Sabres; Ryan Miller took in the first meeting against his former team from the bench … The Penguins clinched the Metro Division title on their 4-2 win over the Jets (and thanks to the Philly loss to Columbus); Sidney Crosby added two assists to his Scrooge McDuck vault of points.
Did you know? By losing in San Jose, the Kings snapped an eight-game road winning streak on Thursday night.
Dishonorable mention: With the loss to Pittsburgh, Winnipeg has officially been eliminated from playoff contention … Joffrey Lupul was a late scratch with a lower-body injury … Jonathan Bernier left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury and will have an MRI … Drew Doughty did not return to the game due to an upper-body injury incurred when Doughty shoulder-checked Tyler Kennedy … Marcus Foligno landed awkwardly on his right leg and had to be helped off the ice; he did not return. Ted Nolan said Foligno will be out for the rest of the season … Kari Lehtonen was pulled after giving up three goals on 16 shots to Carolina … Niklas Hjalmarsson is really pissed off about this goal … Brandon Bollig unleashed a nasty headshot on an unsuspecting Zach Parise; Parise must have gone to the quiet room for a nanosecond before coming back. Not good.