NHL 3 Stars: Eberle, Oilers spoil Wild’s first chance to clinch; Jochen Hecht retires
"Don't touch me, man."
No. 1 Star: Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers
Eberle was the first star with 1 goal and 2 assists in an unexpected rout for the Oilers over the Minnesota Wild. With the Wild needing just one win to clinch the playoffs, they instead dropped this one by a stunning score of 6-1. Taylor Hall added a three-point night, and Corey Potter, of all people, scored twice.
No. 2 Star: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
In his 500th start for the Sabres -- and potentially his last -- Miller was fantastic, making 30 saves on 31 shots and backstopping his club to a 2-1 shootout win over the New York Islanders. Thomas Vanek scored the lone shootout goal.
No. 3 Star: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche
Duchene picked up assists on 3 of the Avalanche's 4 goals, then scored one of their two shootouts goals in a 5-4 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Honourable mention: Jeff Petry finished a plus-5 for the Oilers. Nail Yakupov really worked for this one:
... Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each scored their 23rd of the season in the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames... the Islanders' lone goal was weird:
Did You Know? Jochen Hecht announced his retirement after the Sabres game. He'll be returning to Germany with his family.
Dishonourable mention: Stefan Elliott made Shane Doan eat a mouthful of crossbar... The Minnesota Wild played like a team that knew they had two chances to get one win. That said, they were let down by goaltending, primarily. Niklas Backstrom allowed 3 goals on 5 shots, and Josh Harding allowed another 3 on 12. A small pocket of Wild fans also earned a dishonourable mention for booing him. Not cool.