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NHL Three Stars: Bobrovsky sends Jackets to playoffs; what a Maroon

Jackets start with lead, go on to beat Stars 3-1
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Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn (14) attempts to deflect a shot as Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) and defenseman Fedor Tyutin (51) defend during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Dallas. Columbus won 3-1. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

No. 1 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

Officer Bob made 33 saves, including 17 in the third period, to back-stop the Blue Jackets to their first playoff appearance since 2009 and a 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars – a rescheduled game from March 10 when Rich Peverley fell ill.

No. 2 Star: Patrick Maroon, Anaheim Ducks

Two goals for Maroon in the Ducks’ 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks, capturing the Pacific title. That’s in just 12:22 of ice time, no less. Corey Perry scored his 43rd in the win.

No. 3 Star: Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks

We’ll give Peter Budaj an assist on this one, but Sharp tallied the overtime game-winner for the Chicago Blackhawks in their 3-2 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens. Sharp and Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist.

Honorable mention: Riley Sheahan’s goal with 1:15 left in regulation earned the Detroit Red Wings the point they needed to make the playoffs, but Jussi Jokinen’s shootout goal was the difference in overtime. The Pittsburgh Penguins won, 4-3, thanks in part to this save by Marc-Andre Fleury in OT:

The Los Angeles Kings rallied with three goals to send the Calgary Flames into overtime, where Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan scored in the 4-3 victory. Anze Kopitar scored his 26th in the loss.

Did You Know? Nathan Horton’s goal, scored on March 10, was changed from a power-play goal to an even strength goal when it carried over to Wednesday night’s game.

Dishonorable mention: James Sheppard was a minus-3. … Alex Galchenyuk left the Canadiens’ game in the first period after a Marian Hossa hit, injuring his right knee. … Antti Niemi was pulled after giving up three goals on 19 shots.

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