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Goalie nods: Hiller goes back-to-back after big win over Preds

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Hiller back in for Calgary

The Flames will start Jonas Hiller for the second time in as many nights on Monday when they take on the Stars in Dallas.

Hiller went nearly two weeks without a start before Flames head coach Bob Hartley gave him the nod yesterday in Nashville, and Hartley’s decision proved a wise one; Hiller stopped 27 of 29 shots in a crucial 5-2 victory, pushing Calgary past L.A. for third place in the Pacific Division.

Prior to Hiller taking the net, Karri Ramo was the Flames’ goalie of record in five straight games, going 2-1-2 over that stretch.

For the Stars, Kari Lehtonen is likely to be back in goal after stopping 33 of 36 shots in an OT win over Vancouver on Saturday.

Elsewhere…

Bolts at Habs: Ben Bishop vs. Carey Price

Canucks at Blues: Eddie Lack vs. Brian Elliott

Kings at ‘Hawks: Jonathan Quick (probable) vs. (No Chicago starter yet)

Oilers at Avs: Richard Bachman vs. Semyon Varlamov

Sabres at Coyotes: (No Buffalo starter yet) vs. Mike Smith

Dubnyk, Atkinson, and O’Reilly are NHL’s three stars of the week

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Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson and Avalanche center Ryan O’Reilly have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.

From NHL.com:

Dubnyk went 4-0-0 with a 1.22 goals-against average and .962 save percentage to lead the Wild (44-25-7, 95 points) to four consecutive victories, including their franchise-record 10th straight on the road.

Atkinson shared first in the NHL with four goals, ranked second with seven points and led the League with a +6 rating as the Blue Jackets (36-35-4, 76 points) won all three of their games, including their franchise-record eighth consecutive on the road.

O’Reilly led the NHL with seven assists and eight points to power the Avalanche (35 28 12, 82 points) to two victories in four starts.

Dubnyk now has a .930 save percentage, second to only Carey Price (.937) among regular starters. With all due respect to Braden Holtby, Cory Schneider and a handful of other goalies enjoying excellent seasons, what Dubnyk has done for the Wild should really make him a Vezina Trophy finalist, along with Price and Pekka Rinne.

Habs clinch playoff berth with OT win over the Panthers

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Max Pacioretty scored the overtime winner, his team-leading 36th, as the Montreal Canadiens clinched a playoff berth with a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

Florida is four points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card seed in the Eastern Conference.

Carey Price made 21 saves for the Habs, who moved one point ahead of the New York Rangers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Roberto Luongo stopped 22 shots in the loss.

Luongo’s biggest save came with 2:46 remaining in the third as he robbed Tomas Plekanec helping the Panthers earn a single point.

Aleksander Barkov scored both of Florida’s goals. Jonthan Huberdeau had a pair of assists.

Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk scored in regulation for Montreal.

Video: Barkov gets the Panthers on the board with a beautiful backhander

Aleksander Barkov finished off a nice passing play by line mates Jaromir Jagr and Jonathan Huberdeau to get the Panthers on the board tonight in Montreal.

The 19-year-old beat Carey Price with a nice backhander for his 13th of the season.

Jackets’ Bourque (back) done for the season

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The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without forward Rene Bourque for the remainder of the season due to a stress fracture in his back.

Columbus acquired Bourque from Anaheim in the deal which saw James Wisniewski go to the Ducks.

The 33-year-old had four goals and a minus-2 rating in eight games with Columbus.

Saturday’s news ends a whirlwind season for Bourque, who began the season with the Montreal Canadiens. Bourque was waived by the Habs and spent four games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs prior to being dealt to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Bryan Allen.

Bourque has one year remaining on his six-year, $20 million contract.