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NHL Three Stars: Cullen leads Preds to wild win; Toews clutch for Hawks

Greg Wyshynski
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NHL: Nashville Predators at Calgary Flames
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Mar 21, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Nashville Predators center Matt Cullen (7) scores on Calgary Flames goalie Joey MacDonald (35) during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Predators won 6-5. (Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports)

No. 1 Star: Matt Cullen, Nashville Predators

Cullen had a goal and three assists in the Preds’ wild 6-5 win over the Calgary Flames. Cullen assisted on Shea Weber’s two goals, a second-period goal by Patric Hornqvist and then scored the eventual game-winner at 17:08 of the third period.

No. 2 Star: Chad Johnson, Boston Bruins

The Bruins backup made 31 saves to move to 16-3-1 on the season in Boston’s 2-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Patrice Bergeron and Carl Soderberg, on a nasty snipe, had the goals.

No. 3 Star: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Captain Serious turned an unfortunate turnover by the Carolina Hurricanes’ power play into an unassisted shorthanded goal that ended up being the game winner in Chicago’s 3-2 victory over the Canes.

Honorable mention: Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves as the New York Rangers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1, in Rick Nash’s return to Ohio. Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard and Carl Hagelin had the third-period goals. … Alex Semin had two goals for the Hurricanes. … Victor Bartley scored his first NHL goal for Nashville. … Mike Cammalleri had two goals and an assist for the Flames.

Did You Know? The Bruins’ win gave them 101 points, tying them with the St. Louis Blues for the NHL lead, although the Blues have played one fewer game.

Dishonorable mention: Both Joni Ortio (4 goals on 13 shots) and Pekka Rinne (4 goals on 18 shots) were pulled in the Predators/Flames game. … Nash was booed by fans at the start, then cheered during a video tribute and then booed again when he got into it with Sergei Bobrovsky …

… and fought Matt Calvert:

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