NHL Three Stars: Holtby shuts out B’s for third straight game; Stars stomp Ducks

No. 1 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

It has been one helluva season for Holtby. In the Caps 3-0 win over Boston, he set a career high in wins at 41, tied the franchise lead in shut-outs at 9, and shut-out a points-desperate Bruins team for the third time in the 3 game season series.

No. 2 Star: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars

Benn had 3 assists in the Stars 4-0 stomping of the Ducks. With those points, he’s now tied at 83 with Sidney Crosby and John Tavares for the Art Ross Trophy.

No. 3 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

Playing in his 50th game this season, Bobrovsky stopped all 35 shots sent his way by the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs. His record improves to 29-17-3.

Honorable Mention: Troy Brouwer, Nick Backstrom and Marcus Johansson recorded 2-points each for the Capitals. Take a look at Johansson’s goal on an incredible dish from Evgeny Kuznetsov:

… Columbus won’t be in the playoffs but they’re ending the season on a hot streak: 9-0-1 in their last 10 games. Each CBJ goal was scored by different player: Anisimov, Jenner, Hartnell, Murray, and Morin … Patrick Eaves scored 2 goals in the Stars win. Frederik Andersen made a difficult save on a wraparound, only to be foiled by Vern Fiddler shortly after:

 

Did You Know? (Not safe for Leaf fans.) Toronto went 1-25-13 in the 2015 calendar year on the road.

Dishonorable Mention: Leaving Washington without points means that Boston and Ottawa remain tied at 95-points with 2 games to go for the final Wild Card spot in the East. Congrats on playing in your first NHL game, Stan Galiev! The Caps rookie was given a welcome prank by his teammates:

… In what was to be his final start of the season, Toronto goaltender James Reimer was pulled after giving up 4 goals in 23:30 on 20 shots. In Reimer’s defense, the team in front of him could not have cared less. Leo Komarov did not play in the third period after suffering an upper-body injury … For the second game in a row, Ryan Getzlaf was given the night off to rest. The Stars kept the Ducks from clinching the Western Conference, and held the team to only 19 shots.