NHL Three Stars: Ducks clinch Pacific; Flyers defeat Malkin-less Penguins

No. 1 Star: Francois Beauchemin, Anaheim Ducks

Beauchemin isn’t known as an offensive defenseman. He scored his career-high 11th goal in the Ducks Pacific Division clinching win against the Edmonton Oilers. Beauch also added a helper on a ridiculous Corey Perry goal:

No. 2 Star: Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks

The Sharks stave off almost certain playoff hopes death for another day as they rout Colorado 5-1. Couture scored a goal and added an assist on this incredible play from behind the net to Patrick Marleau for the goal:

No. 3 Star: Brayden Schenn, Philadelphia Flyers

In a game against Pittsburgh that meant absolutely nothing, Schenn put up two goals on Marc-Andre Fleury in the Flyers 4-1 defeat of the Penguins.

Honorable Mention: Although it was in a losing effort, Sidney Crosby scored his 300th NHL goal. By the looks of the play, that Crosby kid has a future in this league:

Jakob Silfverberg had 3 assists in the Ducks win. Andrew Cogliano scored his first ever penalty shot goal on Ben Scrivens. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins netted the only goal for the Oilers … Congrats to Zach Dalpe for scoring his first goal since March 6, 2014 in Buffalo’s 4-3 win against the Leafs. That’s not how tanking works, but whatever helps the Sabres sleep at night, I’m all for it … Every Sharks player was plus-1 or higher against the Avs (put whatever stock you want to into that stat). Colorado blocked 28 shots to San Jose’s 13.

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Dishonorable Mention: Perhaps this whole ‘pulling the goaltender super early’ thing is getting out of hand. Roy pulled Reto Berra and the Sharks scored with 4:05 left in the game. Rinse, repeat, San Jose scored empty netter again 33-seconds later making the score 5-1 … Ducks rested Ryan Kesler against Edmonton. Pat Maroon left midway through the game with an illness … Evgeni Malkin did not play due to undisclosed injury. Penguins dressed only 17 skaters, 5 of which were defensemen, due to cap issues in regards to replacing injured players in the lineup … San Jose’s Scott Hannan took a puck to the face and left the game immediately, holding a glove up to cover the bleeding wound.