NHL Three Stars: Vanek ends Penguins streak; four teams clinch playoff spots (Puck Daddy)

No. 1 Star: Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres Vanek scored two goals and added an assist as the Sabres snapped the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 7-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory. Ryan Miller made 40 saves. No. 2 Star: Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild The Wild goalie stopped 22 Los Angeles Kings shots in Minnesota’s 2-1 victory . Goals by Charlie Coyle and Cal Clutterbuck stood up; Backstrom, meanwhile, stood on his head when he needed to. No. 3 Star: Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks The Sharks star converted a Dallas Stars turnover into the game-winning goal just 30 seconds after Joe Pavelski tied the game. The Sharks handed the Stars a critical loss, 3-2. San Jose, meanwhile, clinched a playoff spot.

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