April 21st, 2013, 10:20 PM #1
NHL 3 Stars: Letestu lifts #Lumbus; Rask shuts out Panthers (PuckDaddy)
No. 1 Star: Mark Letestu, Columbus Blue Jackets
The Jackets' improbable march to the postseason continued with a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks, led by a three-point night by Mark Letestu, who was in on the first three Columbus goals. Ryan Johansen scored the game-winner, however, putting the Jackets ahead with under 90 seconds to go in the game:
Amazing. With the win, the Blue Jackets swept their season series with San Jose. And, more importantly, they bolstered their playoff hopes in a big way.
No. 2 Star: Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
On top of his two assists, Carter used his chest to score his 25th of the season, the overtime winner in the Kings' 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars.
No. 3 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Rask made 28 saves for the shutut as the Bruins closed out a rough week, ending a four-game winless skid by skating over the Florida Panthers, 3-0.
Honourable mention: Dustin Brown had two goals for LA as well...*Ryan Callahan scored the first and last goals for the New York Rangers as they gleefully knocked off the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, and in so doing, eliminated their rivals from postseason contention... Joey MacDonald made 34 saves for the Calgary Flames, who knocked off the Minnesota Wild 4-1 and dealt the Wild's division title aspirations a near-fatal blow... Nick Bonino had two assists, one of which was on Cam Fowler's first goal of the year in a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers... Jiri Tlusty scored his 20th and 21st of the season as the Carolina Hurricanes held off the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2... Jamie McGinn had a three-point night as the Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues, 5-3...
Did You Know? The Edmonton Oilers are the only team in the NHL with a sub-.500 winning percentage if they score the first goal. It happened to them again tonight.
Dishonourable mention: Brian Elliott had a rough night, getting pulled after 4 goals on 19 shots for the Blues... The Sharks' turnover on the Blue Jackets' game-winner was just brutal.