NHL Three Stars: Helm tricks hapless Leafs; Habs’ win streak at five

Let's talk about how terrifying Thomas Greiss's mask is.

No. 1 Star: Darren Helm, Detroit Red Wings

Helm registered a hat trick in the Red Wings' 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs -- a win that pushed Toronto's winless streak to 8 games. Helm took over the game in the second period, scoring shorthanded to erase Toronto's early lead, then again later to make it 3-1. His third of the night put the game out of reach.

No. 2 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Stamkos scored two goals for the Lightning versus the Buffalo Sabres, including the 4-3 OT winner, and he assisted on a game-tying goal midway through the third. He was so effective he even scored a goal for the Buffalo Sabres.

No. 3 Star: Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens

Pacioretty scored twice and added an assist as the Canadiens topped the Florida Panthers 4-1, pushing their win streak to five. They'd better be playing well. They're Canada's only playoff team now.

Honorable mention: Kari Lehtonen made 33 saves and Colton Sceviour scored twice as the Dallas Stars won a big game over the St. Louis Blues, 4-2... Frans Nielsen scored in the game and again in the shootout as the New York Islanders edged the New Jersey Devils, 2-1... Ryan Johansen scored the overtime winner to complete a huge Columbus Blue Jackets comeback for a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes...

Semyon Varlamov made 47 saves as the Colorado Avalanche held off the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, clinching a playoff spot in the process... Jarome Iginla reached 30 goals for the 12th time in his NHL career with a two-goal outing in a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals. Here's his first of the night, scored on a beautiful shot in alone.

That "ping" is the sound of a guy that's still got it... Zach Parise scored twice in the Minnesota Wild's 3-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes... Corey Perry scored his 38th in the Anaheim Ducks' 5-1 rout of the Vancouver Canucks... Anze Kopitar scored twice as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2...

Did you know? The Toronto Maple Leafs have been sitting at 80 points for 16 straight days. Seven teams -- one shy of half the Eastern Conference -- have passed them in the standings since March 13th.

Dishonorable mention: Ryan O'Reilly took his first penalty of the season versus the Sharks. What a thug.

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