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.
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.