April 24th, 2013, 11:10 PM #1
NHL Three Stars: St. Louis nets hat trick; Blackhawks clinch Presidentsí Trophy (Puck
No. 1 Star: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
The old man still has it. The 37-year old St. Louis recorded his seventh career hat trick and passed Sidney Crosby in the NHL's scoring race as the Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2. Steven Stamkos scored his 29th of the season and added an assist to tie Crosby for second overall in points with 56.
No. 2 Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackawks
The Blackhawks downed the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 and clinched their first Presidents' Trophy since the 1990-91 season. Kane led the way with his 22nd goal of the year and two assists. Jonathan Toews also scored his 22nd goal, while Corey Crawford stopped all 14 shots he faced in relief of Ray Emery, including this one on Jordan Eberle:
No. 3 Star: Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes
The San Jose Sharks missed an opportunity to go two points up on the Los Angeles Kings as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Coyotes. Smith backstopped Phoenix to their 20th win of the season with 33 saves. First period goals by Michael Stone and Keith Yandle were the difference. Coyotes captain Shane Doan assisted on both goals.
Honorable mention: Tampa snapped their six-game losing streak ... St. Louis' hat trick was the first for the Lightning this season ... Pavel Datsyuk scored the game-tying goal midway through the second period and later setup Johan Franzen's insurance tally as the Red Wings moved into the Western Conference's No. 8 seed with a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for his 19th win of the season. Henrik Zetterberg chipped in a pair of assists.
Did you know? Since the 2011-12 season, Phoenix is 46-1-1 when leading after two periods. (FS Arizona)
Dishonorable mention: James Reimer has allowed 10 goals in his last three starts ... Edmonton lost for the ninth time in 10 games ... Ray Emery left the game after 13:49 with a lower-body injury and according to head coach Joel Quenneville, he's "day-to-day."