No. 1 Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks The Sharks forward recorded a two point night with a goal and an assist as San Jose beat the Los Angeles Kings in overtime 4-3 to take a 3-0 series lead. After Tomas Hertl's goal midway through the third period tied the game, it was Marleau who ended things 6:20 into the extra period: No. 2 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins Rask stopped 23 shots as the Bruins shutout the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. The shutout was the fourth for Rask in his playoff career. Patrice Bergeron assisted on Dougie Hamilton's opening power play goal and later added an empty-netter, while Jordan Caron scored his first goal since Oct. 5. No. 3 Star: Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens The Canadiens completed the sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 4-3 victory on Pacioretty's winner with 43 seconds to go in the third period. They now wait to face the winner of Boston-Detroit. After building a 3-1 lead, the Lightning made a third period comeback, but a late penalty helped seal their fate and end their season: Honorable mention: The sweep was Montreal's first since their 1993 run to the Stanley Cup ... 11 different Canadiens recorded a point ... Dan Girardi and Martin St. Louis each scored a goal and recorded an assist, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots as the New York Rangers downed the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 to take a 2-1 series lead. The Rangers blocked 28 shots to the Flyers' 11 ... Victor Hedman should have called "bank!" on this goal: Did You Know? : " The Sharks have won five straight overtime playoff games and 10 of their past 11, with Marleau scoring four game-winning goals during that remarkable stretch. " [AP] Dishonorable mention: Anders Lindback was pulled for the second time in three games after allowing three goals on 20 shots.
It was looking like the Los Angeles Kings were going to fight off falling behind 0-3 to the San Jose Sharks when Jeff Carter tipped home a power play goal early in the third period for a 3-2 lead. The Staples Center was alive with hope. Then it all came crashing down eight minutes later when Tomas Hertl scored after four whacks in front of Jonathan Quick to tie the game. In overtime, it was Patrick Marleau scoring his 60th career playoff goal to give San Jose a 4-3 win and commanding 3-0 series lead: The Kings now must regroup for Thursday's Game 4 and hope to make history with a comeback in the series. But improvements need to be made if they're to have any chance. Jonathan Quick has an .840 even strength save percentage through three games. Only Ilya Bryzgalov is worse (.818). Jeff Carter finally broke through with a goal, but when Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis are your leading goal scorers (two apiece), that's not going to help you beat the Sharks. LA did a good job of slowing down San Jose at times throughout the game, clogging up the neutral, taking the Sharks' game away from them and winning the possession battle for the first time in the series. "We’ll play better tomorrow. It’s not like there was a death in the family or something," said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter on Monday. The hole is dug and the Sharks are pouring dirt on top. - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy