NCAA Alum of the Night

Throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, College Hockey Inc. will highlight a top performer from among the former college hockey stars in action each night.

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Monday, May 25

Ryan Kesler
Anaheim Ducks | Ohio State

  • Scored his 6th of the playoffs and added an assist in Anaheim's OT win
  • Had 4 shots and 7 hits in 17:29 of ice time
  • Named the game's No. 1 star

Game Recap & Highlights


Sunday, May 24

Ben Bishop
Tampa Bay Lightning | U. of Maine

  • Stopped all 26 shots he faced for a 2-0 shutout in Game 5
  • Shutout was his second of the playoffs
  • Blanked NYR on four power-play opportunities

Game Recap & Highlights


Saturday, May 23

Jonathan Toews
Chicago Blackhawks | U. of North Dakota

  • Named the game's No. 1 star after scoring once and adding an assist
  • Won 65% of his faceoffs and delivered 4 hits
  • Skated 26:21 to lead Blackhawk forwards

Game Recap & Highlights


Friday, May 22

Martin St. Louis
New York Rangers | U. of Vermont

  • His power-play goal, his first of the playoffs, gave NYR a 4-1 lead
  • Had 3 shots on goal

Game Recap & Highlights


Thursday, May 21

Jonathan Toews
Chicago Blackhawks | U. of North Dakota

  • Won 21-of-27 faceoffs in Chicago's 2-1 loss in Game 3
  • Had 2 shots and a blocked shot in 21:54 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights


Wednesday, May 20

Alex Killorn
Tampa Bay Lightning | Harvard

  • Scored a beautiful goal and added an assist in Tampa Bay's 6-5 OT win
  • Led all skaters with 9 shots in the game - a career high for him (regular season or playoffs)
  • Led all forwards with 21:29 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: Two-thirds of the Rangers' playoff goals have been scored by NCAA alums.


Tuesday, May 19

Duncan Keith
Chicago Blackhawks | Michigan State

  • Led all skaters with 49:51 in Chicago's epic 3OT win
  • Had 4 shots and 6 blocked shots

Game Recap & Highlights


Monday, May 18

Alex Killorn
Tampa Bay Lightning | Harvard

  • Scored twice and added an assist in Tampa Bay's 6-2 Game 2 win
  • Had 3 hits, 2 shots and was +2
  • Third on the team with 20:42 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights


Sunday, May 17

Kyle Palmieri
Anaheim Ducks | U. of Notre Dame

  • Tallied Anaheim's second goal, the eventual game-winner, early in the second period
  • Finished +2 with two shots and two hits

Game Recap & Highlights


Saturday, May 16

Dominic Moore
New York Rangers | Harvard

  • Scored the game winner with just 2:25 remaining in Game 1 vs. Tampa Bay
  • Had 3 shots on goal in 17:13 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: Both Ranger goals and 5 of 6 points came from NCAA alums.


Wednesday, May 13

Derek Stepan
New York Rangers | U. of Wisconsin

  • Scored the overtime, series-clinching goal to lift the Rangers into the Eastern Conference Final
  • Led all Ranger forwards with 23:15 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: All four Ranger overtime goals in these playoffs have been scored by NCAA alums (Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Hayes, Carl Hagelin) ... Three of the top four players in ice time in the game were former college stars (Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, McDonagh).


Tuesday, May 12

Ben Bishop
Tampa Bay Lightning | U. of Maine

  • Stopped 18 of 19 shots as Tampa Bay finished off Montreal and advanced to the Eastern Conference Final
  • Held Montreal scoreless for the first 55:03 of the game while the Lightning built a 3-0 lead
  • Is 2-0 with a 0.50 GAA and .980 save percentage in Tampa Bay's two series-clinching wins this spring

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: Alex Killorn (Harvard) had an assist and led all TB forwards (and all but two defensemen) with 21:28 of ice time.


Sunday, May 10

Chris Kreider
New York Rangers | Boston College

  • Scored goals in the first minute and last second of the first period as the Rangers forced Game 7 with a 4-3 win
  • Recorded 3 shots, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot
  • Named the game's No. 1 star

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: Miami alum Dan Boyle scored the eventual game-winner for the Rangers ... Kreider's former BC teammate Johnny Gaudreau scored his fourth of the playoffs as Calgary was eliminated by Anaheim.


Saturday, May 9

Jeff Petry
Montreal Canadiens | Michigan State

  • Assisted on the opening goal as Montreal stayed alive with a 2-1 win in Game 5
  • Had 2 blocked shots, 2 hits and ranked third on the team with 21:22 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights


Friday, May 8

Ryan McDonagh
New York Rangers | U. of Wisconsin

  • His overtime goal lifted the Rangers to a win and forced Game 6 vs. Washington
  • Led the Rangers with 25:12 of ice time and 4 blocked shots
  • OT goal was assisted by fellow UW alum Derek Stepan, prompting NBC's Pierre McGuire's call: "Wisconsin to Wisconsin to the back of the net!"

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: All three goals and all three primary assists in the NYR-WSH game came from NCAA alums.


Thursday, May 7

Max Pacioretty
Montreal Canadiens | U. of Michigan

  • Scored a goal and added two assists as Montreal staved off elimination with a Game 4 win
  • His goal, shorthanded, was the second of the game as Montreal raced to a 5-0 lead
  • Named the game's No. 1 star

Game Recap & Highlights


Wednesday, May 6

Ben Bishop
Tampa Bay Lightning | U. of Maine

  • Made 30 saves in Tampa's 2-1 win in Game 3 vs. Montreal
  • Posted his fifth straight victory as Tampa Bay moved within one game of a sweep of Montreal
  • Named the game's No. 2 star

Game Recap & Highlights


Tuesday, May 5

Johnny Gaudreau
Calgary Flames | Boston College

  • Registered the game-tying goal with just 20 seconds remaining in regulation to set up Calgary's OT win
  • Finished with 2 shots and 22:03 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: Three of the Flames' four goals were scored by NCAA alums (Also Brandon Bollig-SLU and Joe Colborne-Denver).


Monday, May 4

Jay Beagle
Washington Capitals | U. of Alaska Anchorage

  • Scored the game's only goal in Washington's Game 3 win vs. the Rangers
  • Collected his own rebound and scored from behind the net 7:31 into the second period
  • Had 3 shots, 2 hits, and an 83% faceoff win percentage

Game Recap & Highlights




Sunday, May 3

Patrick Sharp
Chicago Blackhawks | U. of Vermont

  • Scored a goal and added an assist in Chicago's 4-1 win vs. Minnesota
  • Recorded 4 hits and 3 shots on goal in 15:43 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights


Saturday, May 2

Chris Kreider
New York Rangers | Boston College

  • Started the scoring in the Rangers' 3-2 win with a goal just 38 seconds into the game
  • Led all Ranger forwards with 18:27 of ice time
  • Had 4 hits and 3 shots on goal

Game Recap & Highlights




Friday, May 1

Ben Bishop
Tampa Bay Lightning | U. of Maine

  • Earned the 2OT win in Game 1 for Tampa Bay
  • Stopped 43 of 44 Montreal shots
  • Named the game's No. 3 star

Game Recap & Highlights


Thursday, April 30

Kevin Hayes
New York Rangers | Boston College

  • Assisted on the Rangers' lone goal in their 2-1 Game 1 loss
  • His shot through traffic was redirected past Braden Holtby to tie the score late in the third period

Game Recap & Highlights


Tuesday, April 28

Ben Bishop
Tampa Bay Lightning | U. of Maine

  • Stopped all 31 shots he faced for a Game 7 shutout of Detroit
  • Kept the game scoreless through two periods despite Detroit's 23-12 shot advantage
  • Named the game's No. 1 star

Game Recap & Highlights


Monday, April 27

Alex Killorn
Tampa Bay Lightning | Harvard

  • His unassisted goal on a partial breakaway clinched the Lightning's Game 6 win at Detroit
  • Fired a game-high 7 shots on goal
  • Led all Lightning forwards with 20:08 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights




Sunday, April 26

Zach Parise
Minnesota Wild | U. of North Dakota

  • Scored twice as the Wild clinched its first-round series vs. St. Louis
  • First goal started the game's scoring while shorthanded; the second extended the lead to 3-1
  • Named the No. 1 star of the game

Game Recap & Highlights


Saturday, April 25

Duncan Keith
Chicago Blackhawks | Michigan State

  • Scored the game-winning goal and added two assists as Chicago advanced past Nashville, 4-3
  • Fired 6 shots on goal, was +2 in 28:00 of ice time
  • Named the No. 1 star of the game

Game Recap & Highlights


Friday, April 24

Carl Hagelin
New York Rangers | U. of Michigan 

  • Clinched the first-round series with his overtime goal
  • Had 3 shots in 21:33 of ice time
  • Named the No. 1 star of the game

Game Recap & Highlights

 

Noteworthy: The Rangers won Games 4 and 5 in overtime, with all six points on those goals coming from NCAA alums


Thursday, April 23

Ryan Miller
Vancouver Canucks | Michigan State

  • Stopped 21 of 22 shots for the win in his first start of the playoffs
  • Helped send the series back to Calgary with the Canucks trailing, 3-2
  • Named the No. 3 star of the game

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: Colin Wilson (Boston University) scored his NHL-leading fifth goal of the playoffs ... Jay Beagle (Alaska Anchorage) had a pair of assists. 


Wednesday, April 22

Ryan Kesler
Anaheim Ducks | Ohio State

  • Scored two goals as Anaheim finished off its sweep of Winnipeg
  • Both goals came in the third period, including the eventual game-winner
  • Fired 5 shots on goal and was +3 in 19:05 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: All three stars in the Ducks-Jets game were NCAA alums (Kesler, Andrew Cogliano, Mark Stuart) ... Rookie Kevin Hayes (Boston College) scored the overtime winner to give the New York Rangers a 3-1 series lead vs. Pittsburgh ... Kevin Shattenkirk (Boston University) had three assists in St. Louis's 6-1 win. 


Tuesday, April 21

Scott Darling
Chicago Blackhawks | U. of Maine

  • Made 50 saves in Chicago's 3-2, triple-OT win vs. Nashville
  • Improved to 3-0-0 in the playoffs
  • Named the game's No. 1 star

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: Riley Sheahan (Notre Dame) scored for Detroit, making it 20 schools with alums to score a goal in this year's playoffs ... Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College/Calgary) scored his first career OT goal.


Monday, April 20

Zach Parise
Minnesota Wild | U. of North Dakota

  • Scored a goal and added an assist as Minnesota took a 2-1 series lead vs. St. Louis
  • Named the No. 1 star of the game
  • Had 2 shots, was +2 and led Wild forwards with 18:29 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: Alums combined for 6 goals and 8 assists on the 15 goals scored on the night.  


Sunday, April 19

Kyle Okposo
NY Islanders | U. of Minnesota

  • Started the scoring in the Islanders' 2-1 overtime win vs. Washington
  • Fired 4 shots on goal and won 4 of 5 faceoffs

Game Recap & Highlights


Saturday, April 18

Chris Kunitz
Pittsburgh Penguins | Ferris State

  • Recorded a goal and two assists as Pittsburgh evened the series vs. the Rangers
  • Third-period power-play goal stood up as the game winner
  • Named the game's No. 2 star

Game Recap & Highlights


Friday, April 17

Craig Smith
Nashville Predators | U. of Wisconsin

  • Scored twice and added an assist in Nashville's 6-2 win
  • Posted 4 shots and a +2 rating in 18:34 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights


Thursday, April 16

Ryan McDonagh
New York Rangers | U. of Wisconsin

  • Scored the game-winning goal on the power play in the Rangers' 2-1 Game 1 win
  • Led the team with 25:36 of ice time
  • Had 4 shots, 3 blocks and 2 hits

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: 20 of the 40 players in the NYR-PIT game were NCAA alums ... Alumni goal scorers represented Boston College, Colorado College, Denver, Michigan, North Dakota and Wisconsin.


Wednesday, April 15

Brian Flynn
Montreal Canadiens | U. of Maine

  • Had a goal and two assists to lead Montreal to a Game 1 win, 4-3 vs. Ottawa 
  • Named the game's No. 1 star
  • Goal proved to be the game-winner at 17:17 of the second period

Game Recap & Highlights

Elsewhere: Another former Maine star, Scott Darling, got the win in relief for Chicago ... More than half of the goals scored last night (12 of 22) came from NCAA alums ... Vermont and North Dakota alums accounted for three goals each ... Former Michigan State defenseman Duncan Keith had the game-winner in the first overtime game of the playoffs.

 

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