FIRST STAR – ZACH PARISE, LW, MINNESOTA WILD
Parise paced the NHL with five goals and shared the League lead with seven points in three contests to help the Wild (37-28-11, 85 points) extend their winning streak to a season-high five games and move back into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. He posted one assist in a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings March 22. Parise then registered 3-1—4, including his fifth career hat trick and League-leading third of the season, in a 6-2 triumph over the Calgary Flames March 24. He closed the week with a pair of goals, including the winner, in a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche March 26. The 31-year-old Minneapolis native paces the Wild with 24 goals in 65 games this season (24-25—49), his eighth career and third straight 20-goal campaign.
SECOND STAR – BRIAN ELLIOTT, G, ST. LOUIS BLUES
Elliott stopped all 52 shots he faced over two appearances to help the Blues (45-22-9, 99 points) extend their shutout streak to a franchise-record four consecutive games and clinch their fifth straight playoff berth. He made 37 saves in a 1-0 win over the San Jose Sharks March 22, followed by 15 saves in a 4-0 victory against the Vancouver Canucks March 25. In doing so, Elliott matched a career high with his third consecutive personal shutout – a feat last achieved April 7-11, 2013. The 30-year-old Newmarket, Ont., native – who is 20-7-6 with four shutouts in 37 outings this season – paces the NHL with a 1.95 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in 2015-16.
THIRD STAR – PHIL KESSEL, RW, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Kessel shared the League lead in assists (5) and points (7) to help the Penguins (42-25-8, 92 points) win two of their three starts and finish the week in third place in the Metropolitan Division. After being held off the scoresheet in a 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils March 24, Kessel set career highs for assists (4) and points (5) in one game in a 7-2 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings March 26. He then recorded 1-1—2, including an assist on the overtime goal, in a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers March 27. The 28-year-old Madison, Wis., native has 23-31—54 in 75 contests this season, his eighth consecutive 50-point campaign.