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Sunday's Three Stars: Mason, Khabibulin end with a blank

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No. 1 Star: Chris Mason, St. Louis Blues

Depending on how things work out in the Blues' series against the Vancouver Canucks, Sunday's 1-0 shutout by Mason could be a momentous victory. St. Louis avoided facing the San Jose Sharks in Round One via Mason's 28-save performance against a Colorado Avalanche team that peppered him with 25 shots in the final two periods. It was Mason's sixth shutout of the regular season.

No. 2 Star: Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago Blackhawks

As the much-hyped Blackhawks surge into the postseason, this was just the sort of effort you wanted to see out of their primary keeper: 37 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Detroit Red Wings. As the Bulin Wall saw it: "I was seeing the puck pretty well. I got lucky a couple of times. That's usually how you get shutouts."

No. 3 Star: Phil Kessel, Boston Bruins

Meaningless game for the B's, but a hat trick and a four-point game for Kessel, who ends the season with a team-high 33 goals. It was Kessel's fifth multi-goal game of the season. The Bruins defeated the New York Islanders, 6-2.

Honorable Mention: Brad Boyes's 33rd goal of the season was the difference-maker for the Blues. ... Jonathan Toews scored goal No. 34 in the Blackhawks' win. ... Jeff Carter scored his 46th goal of the season, but Brandon Dubinsky's power-play and shorthanded goals helped power the New York Rangers over the Philadelphia Flyers in a critical loss for the Bullies. (See "Mention, Dishonorable.") ... The Flyers once again turned to an amateur defenseman to solve a salary cap crunch, as University of New Hampshire defenseman Jamie Fritsch was signed to an amateur tryout contract and then played 4:34 against the Rangers, earning a plus-1.

Did You Know?: For the first time ever, the Islanders finished without a 20-goal scorer in their roster; Bill Guerin had 21 between the Islanders and the Penguins, where he was traded at the deadline.

Dishonorable Mention: The Flyers just needed a point against the Rangers to secure home ice in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and failed to secure it. Hey, it's not like they're playing a Pittsburgh Penguins team that's 18-3-4 under Dan Bylsma or anything, right?

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