NHL Three Stars: Hammond strikes again for Sens; Hiller pushes Flames to playoffs
No. 1. Star: Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators
Stopped all 26 New York Rangers shots on goal for his third shutout in just 23 games played this year in a 3-0 blanking. The victory for the Senators gives Ottawa 97 points, and control of its own playoff destiny for its regular season finale against the Philadelphia Flyers. Ottawa is two points clear of Boston. Each team has one game remaining.
No. 2. Star: Jonas Hiller, Calgary Flames
Stopped 33 of 34 Kings shots on goal against Los Angeles in Calgary’s 3-1 playoff clinching victory. Hiller was the longtime goaltender for Los Angeles' Southern California rival, the Anaheim Ducks, before signing with Calgary in the offseason. This would be Calgary's first playoff appearance since 2009.
No. 3 Star: Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Johnny Hockey was big for Calgary, scoring a goal and adding an assist for the Flames. His tally, at the 12:15 mark of the first period put the Flames up 1-0 before Jiri Hudler’s goal made it 2-0 at the 14:28 mark.
Honorable Mention: Tampa’s Tyler Johnson scored two goals and added one assist in a 4-3 OT win over the Devils. Johnson also scored the game-winner … Tampa forwards Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov each picked up three assists … New Jersey forward Scott Gomez picked up two assists … Carolina forward Jordan Staal scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers … Ottawa forward Kyle Turris scored a goal and added an assist as did teammate Clarke MacArthur … Pavel Datsyuk scored a goal and added an assist in Detroit’s 4-3 OT loss to the Canadiens that clinched a playoff berth for the Wings. Teammate Henrik Zetterberg picked up two assists … Montreal’s Lars Eller scored the game winner at the 1:21 mark of overtime … Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban notched two assists … Paul Stastny scored a goal for the St. Louis Blues in their 2-1 win over Chicago that clinched the Central Division for the Blues … St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen stopped 21 of 22 shots on goal from the Blackhawks … Chicago forward Andrew Shaw scored a goal … Minnesota’s Jason Zucker scored two goals in the Wild’s 4-2 win over Nashville … Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper stopped 32 of 34 Nashville shots on goal in his first start since Jan. 6 … Reto Berra made 41 saves for Colorado in a 1-0 shootout win over Winnipeg … Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec stopped 21 of 21 Colorado shots on goal … Hudler scored two goals and added an assist … Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit stopped 49 of 51 San Jose shots on goal in a 3-1 loss … San Jose’s Bryan Lerg scored his first goal of his NHL career in his first game. He is 29 years old … Vancouver’s Eddie Lack was a perfect 28 of 28 in a 5-0 win over Arizona … Defenseman Alex Edler notched three assists for Vancouver … Canucks defenseman Yannick Weber scored two goals ... With two assists in Florida's win over Boston, Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr has 1,800 points. He is one of four players in league history with that total.
Did You Know?: With a win over Nashville, the Minnesota Wild has picked up 12 srtaight road victories. That is tied for most in NHL history with the 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings. They play at St. Louis in the season finale Saturday.
Dishonorable Mention: Philadelphia Vincent Levcavalier racked up 22 penalty minutes in two fights with Keegan Lowe … Boston’s Tuukka Rask allowed four goals on 30 Florida shots on goal … Boston’s Reilly Smith was a minus-2 … The Predators blew a 2-0 lead to fall to 0-3-2 in their last five games … the Kings did not win a game in their season-defining three-game roadtrip, which included two regulation losses. LA was ousted from the playoffs Thursday against Calgary … Arizona’s Mike Smith allowed four goals on 20 Vancouver shots on goal.
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