Tavares, Kane, Ovechkin named NHL’s three stars of the week

AP

Star-studded release from the NHL today as the Isles’ John Tavares, the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin were named the three stars for the week ending Apr. 10.

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Tavares led the NHL with 4-5—9 in four games to power the Islanders (45-27-10, 100 points) to seven out of a possible 10 standings points and the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Kane shared second in the League with 3-3—6 in three games to guide the Blackhawks (47-26-9, 103 points) to four out of a possible six standings points and the No. 3 seed in the Central Division.

Ovechkin led the NHL with five goals in three games, including his 50th of the season, to help the Capitals (56-18-8, 120 points) close their Presidents’ Trophy-winning campaign with a 1-1-2 record in the final week.

Pretty nice finish from Tavares, who played well in March (11 points in 16 games) and April (nine points in five games) to springboard himself into the playoffs.

He and the Isles, of course, are looking to win their first playoff series since 1993 when they take on the Panthers — a series that, due to some scheduling quirks, will feature three games in four nights, including a back-to-back on Thursday-Friday.

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