#1 - Brian Boucher (G - PHI) - The Flyers inched closer to clinching a playoff spot, thanks to the timely play of Boucher. The veteran goalie stepped up with a huge 23 save shutout to get the team within a point of clinching. It was the 100th career win for Boucher.
#2 - Eric Staal (F - CAR) - If only the Canes had played near this pace in the first half the season… Staal led the team to a 8-5 pounding of the Lighnting with 2 goals, 2 assists, and a +4 rating.
#3 - Martin Brodeur (G - NJ) - Brodeur is making his case for the Vezina late in the season. He notched his league-leading 9th shutout of the season by making 19 saves against the Thrashers.
#4 - Chris Neil (F - OTT) - Neil played less than 9 minutes in fourth line duties for the Sens, but managed to put 3 points on the scoresheet. He finished the night with a goal and 2 assists to complement his 1st period fight with Nick Tarnasky.
- Evgeni Malkin was set to play last night against the Caps, but left after warmups due to illness.
- Mike Green "rested" again for the Caps.
- Brendan Morrow missed last night's game for Dallas with a bruised foot.
- Christian Ehrhoff missed the game for the Sharks and may not return until the playoffs.
- Ryan Getzlaf and Jonas Hiller were once again absent for the Ducks, who have now been eliminated from playoff contention.
- Lubomir Visnovsky injured his hand in the third period against LA.
- Ryan Miller made 30 saves to help the Sabres clinch the Division title. The win gives Miller 40 on the season.
- Daniel Alfreddson contributed with an assist as he played in game number 1000 of his career.
- Sean Bergenheim helped the Islanders delay Montreal's invitation to the postseason, as he had 1 goal and 2 assists on the night.
- Evgeni Nabokov stopped 38 shots for his 42nd win of the year. The win clinched the Division for the Sharks and eliminated the Flames.
- Nicklas Backstrom had three assists for the Caps to give him 98 points this season. Backstrom has been on fire lately, with 18 points in 12 games.
- The race for the Rocket Richard is coming down to the wire. Crosby, Stamkos, and Ovechkin all lit the lamp last night, with Ovechkin tallying twice. That leaves Stamkos one back of the leaders with a couple games left to play.
- Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled against the Caps after allowing 3 goals on 12 shots.
- Jordan Leopold scored twice for the Pens, giving him 3 goals in the past two games.
- Patrick Kane recorded his 30th goal of the season for Chicago. He now has 85 points on the season. Both numbers are career highs.
- Anti Niemi won his fourth straight game, making 26 saves against the Stars. He has a GAA of 1.00 over those four games.
- Brad Richards tied his career high of 91 points with an assist last night.
- Jarome Iginla hasn't scored a goal in nine games.
- Daniel Sedin scored twice, giving him 25 points in his last 17 games. Had he not missed a month last fall, he may be challenging his brother for the NHL scoring lead.