No. 1 star, Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins:
So much for a new contract leading to complacency. OK, so it was only one day since Thomas signed a four-year, $20-million extension, but the veteran goalie couldn't have been any better on Saturday as the Bruins clinched the best record in the East for the first time since 2001-02. Thomas stopped all 31 shots directed his way by the New York Rangers to record his fifth shutout of the season and the 12th of his late-blooming career.
No. 2 star, Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks:
The strong Anaheim top-line center managed an assist on all but one of the Ducks' five goals as the visitors continued their last-season push to the playoffs. Getzlaf provided primary assists on Anaheim's first, second and fourth goals, and added the second assist on its final score of the night. Getzlaf also won 12 of 19 draws during 19:42 of ice time.
No. 3 star, Alexei Kovalev, Montreal Canadiens:
Whatever button the Canadiens found on Kovalev to push has certainly worked of late, at least. The up-and-down forward came up huge for Montreal by scoring a goal and adding three assists in the Canadiens' rout of the Maple Leafs. Kovalev has 15 points in his past six games, which coincides with Montreal's 5-0-1 stretch to put some distance between eighth and ninth place in the East.
Honorable mention: Brad Boyes scored two goals and added two assists in losing effort for the Blues. … Cam Ward stopped 33 shots to win a franchise-tying 38th game as the Hurricanes won for the eighth straight time. … Jason Arnott enjoyed a three-point game, highlighted by two goals, as the Predators won. … Martin Brodeur collected 21 of his 35 saves in the third period as the Devils beat the Sabres. … Trevor Daley scored 16 seconds into overtime as the Stars closed out their home campaign with a win. … Sam Gagner had three points for the playoff-longshot Oilers.
Dishonorable mention: The Rangers are winless in their last four games on the road and during their last four trips to Boston. … Tampa Bay is 0-4-2 in its last six and lost three of four to the Islanders this season. … Philadelphia's Daniel Carcillo earned 24 minutes in penalties, all in the first period.