Romance in Phoenix.
No. 1 Star: Craig Smith, Nashville Predators
Smith led the way in a strong Predators finish, with 2 goals and 2 assists in a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. That's the second time in as many nights the Predators have scored 7. Perhaps this is Barry Trotz showcasing a new coaching style in a last-ditch effort to save his job?
Simmonds scored his 28th and 29th of the year in the Flyers' 6-5 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. His 29th is the reason Philadelphia left with a point, as he tied the game up with 10 seconds to go:
Sedin scored twice in the first period of the Canucks' 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames. (He may have had a hat trick if not for the unfortunate, nasty hit he took late in the second that sent him to the hospital. It was a sad end to a rough season for the Sedins, who looked like themselves only briefly this year.)
Honorable mention: Martin Brodeur was named the game's first star in what's likely to be his final start as a member of the New Jersey Devil, and maybe the last start of his career. He made 16 saves in a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins... Jason Spezza and Kyle Turris scored in the shootout as the Ottawa Senators closed out the season with their fifth straight win, a 3-2 decision over the Pittsburgh Penguins... It was a goalie duel between the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning, with both Anders Lindback and Braden Holtby stopping every shot they faced until Matthew Carle won it 1-0 in a shootout for Tampa. The win gave the Lightning home ice advantage in the first round, so Montreal probably didn't appreciate Alex Ovechkin treating the shootout like an All-Star game:
... Nick Bonino scored the overtime winner in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, but this was Teemu's night, and he opted to share it with Jean-Sebastien Giguere... David Moss scored the game-winner in a 2-1 Phoenix Coyotes triumph over the Dallas Stars. This Colton Sceviour goal was beautiful:
... Anders Lee scored twice as the New York Islanders finished the year with a 4-3 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres... Justin Abdelkader scored two goals for the Detroit Red Wings, who won 3-0 over the St. Louis Blues.
Did You Know? The Capitals' game was decided in a shootout for the 21st time this season, an NHL record.
Dishonorable mention: Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled after allowing 5 goals on 21 shots for the Wild, who have to be a little bit concerned about their goaltending heading into the postseason... How have the Blues lost six straight?