No. 1 Star: Paul Stastny, St. Louis Blues
Stastny set up Dmitji Jaskin’s first-period goal and scored the game-winner in the third period as the Blues survived the Oilers, 201.
No. 2 Star: Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils
The Devils goalie made 33 saves, preserving an Andy Greene goal until Travis Zajac’s empty netter, as New Jersey beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-0.
No. 3 Star: Jay McClement, Carolina Hurricanes
McClement scored to tie the game in the first and then to give the Hurricanes a two-goal lead in the second period as Carolina stunned the New York Islanders, 5-3.
Honorable Mention: Brandon Pirri scored twice to lead the Florida Panthers back against the Buffalo Sabres in a 5-3 win. … Alexey Marchenko’s first NHL goal tied the game and Tomas Tatar won it with a power-play goal in the Detroit Red Wings’ 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. … Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara all scored in the Boston Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. … Carey Price made 30 saves at the Montreal Canadiens blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-0. David Desharnais had two goals. … Steve Mason made 34 saves and Michael Del Zotto scored a big shorthanded goal in the third period as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers, 4-2. … Justin Fontaine scored a goal and an assist and Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves to defeat the Colorado Avalanche, 3-1. … The Ottawa Senators topped the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, as Mike Hoffman had two goals and Andrew Hammond won again.
Did You Know? Martin Erat scored on Tuukka Rask, which means Terminix will give him free extermination services for life.
Dishonorable Mention: Mike Smith lost his eighth straight decision and was pulled after giving up four goals in 31:50. … Richard Panik, Joffrey Lupul, Tyler Bozak and Roman Polak were all minus-3. … Cody McLeod jumped Charlie Coyle, nearly sparked a benches brawl and was given 17 penalty minutes. … The Sharks dropped to 0-6-2 at home in February. ... The Wild have won all four games against the Avalanche this season, outscoring them 12-1.
Tim Gleason is on his way to Washington – and Jack Hillen is going to Carolina. Great for Gleason to escape the Hurricanes. Stinks or Hillen to go from a contender to a team that’s embracing a tank. The Hurricanes picked up a fourth round pick as well.
“Tim has been a steady presence on and off the ice for our team, and I wish him all the best in Washington,”said Carolina GM Ron Francis in a statement. “This gives us a chance to take a look at Jack for the remainder of the season and continue to accumulate assets for a deep draft this summer.”
Well, Ron, I wouldn’t call a fourth rounder an “asset” of any major substance but nice spin.
Said Caps GM Brian MacLellan: “We are pleased to welcome Tim to our organization … Tim is a veteran, physical defenseman and we feel his experience, toughness and skill set further strengthens our blueline.”
Physical, toughnes, skill, playoffs, ROAR! Gleason has averaged 16:39 for the Canes this year and has seven points in 59 games ans is an unrestricted free agent after the season. Hillen has five points in 35 games, but has only averaged 12:22 all year.
In all sincerity, while the Caps were much-maligned for giving Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen long-term deals in the summer, from a short term perspective that’s a rough blueline – especially with Gleason who is a little bit bigger than Hillen, now in the mix.
And as for Carolina, they’re 10 points clear of the Sabres for the NHL’s worst record. It’s just basically an asset for an asset plus a fourth rounder.
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