No. 1 Star: Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues
Hey, guess who’s back? Elliott pitched a 1-0 shutout against the Detroit Red Wings, making 28 saves and making a Chris Porter goal stand up. It’s his third straight win.
No. 2 Star: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
The captain led the Blackhawks to a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators, clinching a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Toews assisted on Brandon Saad’s ninth of the season to tie the game 3-3, and then scored his 19th of the season to give the Hawks the lead just 55 seconds later.
No. 3 Star: Scott Clemmensen, Florida Panthers
Craig Anderson returned for the Ottawa Senators, but it was Clemmensen that dazzled between the pipes as the Panthers won, 2-1. He made 40 saves in the game. Said Anderson afterward: “He made some big saves and stole them the game.'' Dmitry Kulikov had the game-winner.
Honorable mention: Alex Ovechkin tied Steven Stamkos with 25 goals for the NHL lead, scoring twice in the Washington Capitals’ 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Joel Ward assisted on the tying goal and scored the eventual game-winner. … Alex Chiasson scored two goals and Jamie Benn had the lone goal in the shootout, as the Dallas Stars defeated the San Jose Sharks, 5-4. … Niklas Backstrom stopped 24 shots for the shutout and Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-0. … Patrick Kane scored his 20th in the Blackhawks’ win. … Ryan Miller made 37 saves and Nathan Gerbe scored the shootout-winning goal in the Buffalo Sabres’ 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. … The Devils' loss clinched a playoff spot for the Pittsburgh Penguins. ... Corey Perry scored in regulation and had the shootout-winning goal in the Anaheim Ducks’ 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Jeff Carter scored Goal No. 23 in the loss. … This TJ Galiardi goal is pretty OK:A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
Did you know? The Kings and Ducks both confirmed their serious interest in playing an outdoor game next season. The Kings are working on plans to host a game in January, likely at Dodger Stadium. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Craig Smith was a minus-3 for Nashville. … Eric Brewer was a minus-3 for the Lightning. … Patrick Marleau was a minus-2 and has one goal in his last 10 games. … The Blue Jackets gave up two power-play goals and were 0-for-4 on the man advantage.