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Monday's Three Stars: Flyers clinch East crown, oust Habs

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No. 1 star: Mike Richards(notes), Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers captain scored one of the most memorable goals of the postseason shorthanded as part of a 3-point night, leading Philly to a 4-2 victory in Game 5 that eliminated the Montreal Canadiens and gave the Flyers the Wales Trophy. He also had two assists, giving him 21 points in the postseason for second overall.

No. 2 star: Jeff Carter(notes), Philadelphia Flyers

Carter scored a backbreaking goal just 1:24 after Arron Asham(notes) broke a 1-1 tie in the second period, giving Philadelphia a 2-goal advantage it would carry over into the third period. He later scored the empty netter that propelled the Flyers into the Stanley Cup Finals.

No. 3 star: Scott Gomez(notes), Montreal Canadiens

Gomez assisted on Brian Gionta's(notes) first-period goal to give the Habs the lead, and later scored in the third period to make it a 1-goal game. It was his first goal since Game 1 against the Capitals back on April 15.

Honorable Mention: Michael Leighton(notes) made 25 saves, including 11 in the final 20 minutes, to complete his unlikely journey from the injured list to a starting goaltender's job in the Cup Finals. ... Claude Giroux assisted on the Richards goal and played aggressively all night. ... Kimmo Timonen(notes) had an assist and a team-high six blocked shots for Philly. ... Gionta led all Habs with 24:47 of ice time. ... Jaroslav Halak(notes) made 22 saves as his memorable postseason run came to a stop. ... The Philly fans mocking the Canadiens' fans "Ole" during the handshake was one of the nastiest bit of taunting of the playoffs.

Dishonorable Mention: Despite eight blocked shots, Hal Gill(notes) finally had a clunker of a night, playing 16:43 and earning a minus-1. ... Andrei Kostitsyn(notes) played his 17th straight game without a goal in 10:56 of ice time. Tomas Plekanec(notes) finished the playoffs without a goal in 13 games. ... The teams combined to go 0-for-11 on the power play.

Conn Smythe Watch: 1. Jonathan Toews(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 2. Dustin Byfuglien(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Danny Briere(notes), Philadelphia Flyers; 4. Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers; 5. Antti Niemi(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Patrick Kane(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 7. Simon Gagne(notes), Philadelphia Flyers; 8. Michael Leighton, Philadelphia Flyers; 9. Duncan Keith(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 10. Claude Giroux(notes), Philadelphia Flyers

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