Best of Last Night's NHL Action — March 13th

Daniel FriedmanCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2012

Best of Last Night's NHL Action — March 13th

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    Tuesday's Top Stories:

    Caps  Win Fourth-Straight—With yet another come-from-behind victory over the Islanders, Washington has pulled to within three points of seventh-seeded Ottawa. They now lead ninth-seeded Buffalo by four. 

    Bryzgalov Posts Third-Consecutive Shutout—Ilya Bryzgalov faced 17 shots last night and stopped them all, as the Flyers blanked New Jersey, 3-0. Bryz' is red-hot right now and hasn't surrendered a single goal in his last three starts. 

    Stamkos Nets No. 50—Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 50th goal of the campaign during the Bolts' 6-1 drubbing of Boston. 

    Kings, Flames Both Win, Sharks Fall in OT—Calgary had a chance to stay ahead of San Jose in the Western Conference playoff race, but the game went to overtime, earning the Sharks a point. All three teams have 78 points and are bidding for that eighth seed. 

    Continue on to see the goal of the night, save of the night, the three stars of the night and some honorable mentions.

Three Stars of the Night

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    Three Stars of the Night: 

     

    1. Brad Richards, New York Rangers 

    Richards scored twice, adding an assist, as the Rangers doubled-up Carolina, 4-2. He has six points in his last two games and has really picked up his game in this second-half of the season. 

     

    2. John Tavares, New York Islanders

    His Isles blew another lead and lost to Washington in a shootout, but Tavares found the back of the net on two separate occasions and set up Matt Moulson's tally. It's the first time Tavares has reached the 30-goal mark in his career. 

     

    3. Keith Aucoin, Washington Capitals

    Aucoin easily had the most unheralded performance of any player last night. He racked up three assists in Washington's 5-4 victory over the Islanders. 

Goal of the Night: Ryan Shannon on Marty Turco

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    Matt Hendrick's shootout move might've been gorgeous, but to me, this was more impressive because it occurred within the context of regular five-on-five play. 

Honorable Mention: Brad Richards on Cam Ward

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    Carl Hagelin's pass from behind the net is nothing short of spectacular, and Brad Richards makes it count. 

Hit of the Night: Andreas Lilja on Eric Boulton

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    Andreas Lilja catches Eric Boulton with his head down and makes him pay dearly for it. 

Save of the Night: Jaroslav Halak on Viktor Stalberg

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    Jaroslav Halak robs Viktor Stalberg from point-blank range. 

Honorable Mention: Kari Lehtonen on Erik Christensen and Kyle Brodziak

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    Minnesota gets a magnificent chance to score, but both Christensen and Brodziak are denied in succession.