No. 1 Star: Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues
The netminder made 40 saves in the team’s 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Through three playoff games, Allen has allowed 3 total goals on 117 shots against. That’s an incredible 0.91 goals-against average and .974 save-percentage.
No. 2 Star: Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh Penguins
For the first time in the franchise history of the Penguins, a rookie scored a hat trick in the playoffs. Guenztel’s third goal was the best of them all – it won the game in overtime for Pittsburgh.
No. 3 Star: Zack Kassian, Edmonton Oilers
Kassian picked up his second goal of the playoffs when he pounced on a turnover and beat Martin Jones. The goal came in a scoreless game midway through the third period. The Oilers held on to beat the San Jose Sharks, 1-0. The Oilers take a 2-1 series lead.
Honorable Mention: Joe Thornton returned to the lineup for the Sharks. He had four shot attempts in 16:27 TOI. San Jose out-hit the Oilers 58-37. Cam Talbot shut out San Jose with a 23 save performance … Ryan Suter recorded 10 shot attempts against St. Louis. Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen each had two points in the win. Steen’s setup on Jaden Schwartz’s go-ahead goal was a beaut:
… Cam Atkinson scored 11 seconds into the game to give the Blue Jackets the lead. He picked up his second goal a few minutes later. Bryan Rust netted two goals in the second period for the Penguins … The Montreal Canadiens’ power play was 2-for-3 in the team’s 3-1 victory against the New York Rangers. The Habs take a 2-1 series lead. Alexander Radulov submits his nomination for ‘goal of the post-season’ with an insane one-armed tally.
Did You Know? The Rangers have last six straight playoff games on home ice.
Dishonorable Mention: The Wild are down 3-0 in the series. Game 4 is on Wednesday in St. Louis. Bruce Boudreau stormed out of his post-game press conference … Poor Zach Werenski. He took a puck to the face, bled profusely on the ice, the refs didn’t stop play and the Penguins scored. The Blue Jackets are on the brink of elimination against the Penguins … Kevin Klein introduced Torrey Mitchell to his Rangers teammates in the most awkward (and hilarious) way possible: