Stamkos, Smith, Tarasenko named NHL's three stars for April

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NEW YORK — Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos, Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith and St. Louis Blues right-wing Vladimir Tarasenko are the NHL’s three stars for the month of April.

Stamkos led the NHL with 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in 16 games – a franchise record for points in a calendar month and the most by any player since Mario Lemieux in December 1995 – to power the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning to a 9-5-2 April and their fifth straight post-season berth.

Smith earned a league-best nine wins in nine starts, compiling a 1.66 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and two shutout, to propel the Oilers to an 11-2-1 month and their third consecutive playoff berth.

Tarasenko topped the NHL with four game-winning goals, totaling 11 goals and 13 assists across 16 contests to lift the Blues to a 12-2-2 April and their 45th playoff berth – the most among non-Original Six franchises.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 30, 2022.

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