NHL Three Stars: B’s extend streak to 12; Quick passes Vachon; St. Louis clinches

Jen Neale

No. 1 Star: Jarome Iginla, Boston Bruins

The Bruins win streak was in jeopardy until 3:48 of the third when Iggy tied the score 2-2. Shawn Thornton nabbed the eventual game winning goal and Iginla iced it at 4-2 with an empty-netter. Iginla is on the verge of another 30 goal season after scoring goals 27 and 28 against Phoenix. Boston has now won a league-high 12 straight games.

No. 2 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

Just another four-point game for Geno. He assisted on Sidney Crosby's goal to open the game, scored the game tying and go-ahead goals, and provided the assist to James Neal for the game-winning power play goal in overtime. Pens beat the Lightning 4-3 (OT).

No. 3 Star: Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers have now won five-straight thanks to Mason's 32 save performance in Philly's 4-1 win over the best in the west Blues. Claude Giroux contributed two assists; he now has 10 points in the last six games.

Honorable mention: With the Coyotes loss, the St. Louis Blues are the first team in the west to clinch a playoff spot, despite losing to Philadelphia early Saturday ... Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored an insane power play goal in Phoenix's loss to Boston:

... With a 4-0 shut-out of Florida, Jonathan Quick replaces Rogie Vachon as the winningest goalie in Kings history ... The Benn brothers combined for three points on nine shots in Dallas's 3-1 win; thereby, extending the Senators losing streak to four games ... In a must-win game for Detroit, Gustav Nyquist beat Minnesota's Darcy Kuemper to earn the 3-2 victory for the Red Wings:

... Hockey Night in Canada has treated Montreal well in the past few weeks, tonight they took down Toronto 4-3 on the back of a 33 save performance by Carey Price; Price took a stinger during warm-ups and freaked out all Habs fans as he was motionless on the ice for a little bit ... Henrik Lundqvist received his 50th career shut-out in New York's 2-0 win against the Devils; Lundqvist passes Ed Giacomin for the top spot in Rangers shut-out history ... Cam Ward received a much-needed boost in confidence in Carolina's 3-2 victory over Winnipeg; he had to know it was going to be a great night after this miraculous save:

... Curtis Glencross netted a hat-trick in Calgary's beat-down of Edmonton 8-1; Matt Stajan had a goal and three assists in his third game back in the lineup since the passing of his newborn son ... Congrats to Chris Brown (no, not THAT Chris Brown) on scoring his first NHL goal; his third period tally tied the score at 2-2. Washington went on to beat San Jose in the shoot-out, 3-2 (SO).

Did you know? The Bruins had not trailed in a game for 410 minutes until they went down 2-1 to the Coyotes before coming back to win.

Dishonorable mention: Philadelphia's Steve Downie left the ice a minute into the game after his head made incidental contact with Patrik Berglund's shoulder ... With less than 90 seconds to go, Tampa's Ondrej Palat tied the game 3-3 and it went to OT; in nearly the same amount of time, the Lightning took a too-many-men penalty to put Pittsburgh on the power play and Neal scored the winner ... Bobby Ryan crashed into the end boards at full speed and stayed on the ice for several minutes until skating off to the locker room; he says he's ok:

...Dustin Brown left the game against Florida in the second period after sustaining an upper-body injury ... Toronto's win-less streak extends to four games. At least they got Dave Bolland back? ... Edmonton goaltender Viktor Fasth was pulled after giving up five goals on 16 shots; replacement Ben Scrivens allowed three goals on 15 shots.