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Monday, April 29, 2013
Stepan named April's third star

By Katie Strang

With a standout 19-point effort, Rangers center Derek Stepan was named the NHL's third star for the month of April.

The 22-year-old pivot finished second in scoring with 19 points, behind April's first star Alex Ovechkin, and recorded a plus-14 rating in 14 games.

Stepan, who centers the Rangers' top line between winger Carl Hagelin and captain Ryan Callahan, also added three game-winning goals during that span.

Ovehckin, whom the Rangers will face in the first round of the playoffs beginning with Game 1 on Thursday, scorched the competition for top honors. He finished the month with 14 goals and 22 points in 13 games en route to the Capitals 11-1-1 record down the stretch.

Blues goaltender Brian Elliott nabbed the second star of the month with an 11-2-0 record, 1.28 goals against average, .948 save percentage and three shutouts in 13 games.