NHL Three Stars: Ducks sweep Flames; Wild stay alive; Senators blank Bruins

No. 1 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild

If the Wild lost this game, they were going home for the summer. Now they’re going home to play Game 5. Devan Dubnyk shut-out the St. Louis Blues with 28 saves. It’s the first career shutout in playoffs for the netminder.

No. 2 Star: John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

Gibson needed a redemption game after he was given the hook in Game 3. The goaltender made 36 saves to beat the Calgary Flames, 3-1. The Ducks sweep the series and await the winner of San Jose-Edmonton.

No. 3 Star: Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators

Ryan scored the lone goal in the Senators 1-0 victory over Boston Bruins. The goal gives Ryan 5 points in 4 playoff games thus far. More importantly, the Senators go up 3-1 on Boston with the chance to close it out in Ottawa.

Honorable Mention: Erik Karlsson has five points, all assists, in four playoff games. Craig Anderson pitched a shutout stopping all 22 shots. Watch as he robs Brad Marchand late in the third:

… The Toronto Maple Leafs almost game back from a 4-1 deficit against the Washington Capitals; however, T.J. Oshie’s second goal of the game sealed it for the Caps. Washington wins 5-4 and the tied series goes back to Washington. Tom Wilson had the play of the game. He stopped a surefire goal at one end of the ice and went on to score at the other:

… Charlie Coyle scored in the opening period to give the Wild their first lead of the series. Martin Hanzal followed it up with a goal in the second as the Wild went on to win, 2-0. This is the first potential-elimination game Bruce Boudreau has won since 2009 when he was with the Capitals (per @DavidSatriano) … Sean Monahan scored one power play goal in every game against Anaheim. Patrick Eaves, Nate Thompson and Ryan Getzlaf were the goal scorers for the Ducks.

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Dishonorable Mention: Glen Gulutzan pulled Brian Elliott from the game after giving up the first goal to Anaheim just over five minutes in … Tom Pyatt left the game after 30 seconds on the ice when he took a really hard hit from Kevan Miller and did not return: