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Lindback, Gibson and Johansen are NHL’s three stars

Anders Lindback, Steven Stamkos

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback, left, from Sweden, celebrates with center Steven Stamkos after an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Washington. The Lightning won 1-0 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Lightning goalie Anders Lindback, Ducks goalie John Gibson and Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen are the NHL’s three stars of the past week.


Lindback posted a 3-0-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, .975 save percentage and one shutout to help the Lightning (46-27-9, 101 points) earn four consecutive victories and clinch home-ice advantage in their first-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens.

Gibson went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average, .954 save percentage and one shutout to help the Ducks (54-20-8, 116 points) post four consecutive victories and clinch the top seed in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history.

Johansen tied for third in the NHL with six points (2-4—6), finding the scoresheet in four consecutive games to help the Blue Jackets (43-32-7, 93 points) clinch their second playoff berth in franchise history (2008-09).

Safe to say, with Ben Bishop injured and his status uncertain for the playoffs, Lindback couldn’t have picked a better time to turn his season around. The Lightning open the first round Wednesday at home to Montreal.