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NHL Three Stars: Bickell, Kane come up big in Blackhawks’ win

Harrison Mooney
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Li'l Wayne takes in Game 4. He appears to be enjoying himself.

No. 1 Star: Bryan Bickell, Chicago Blackhawks

Bickell scored the Blackhawks' first goal (his eighth of the postseason), tying the game up midway through the first, and he earned an assist on their second, Patrick Kane's goal late in the second.

No. 2 Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Yes, Kane scored a goal in this game, banging home a loose puck late in the second to send the game into the second intermission tied:

Kane was flying in this one. He finished with a game-high seven shots on goal -- three more than anyone else.

No. 3 Star: Dustin Penner, Los Angeles Kings

Penner played big and he played mean in the LA loss, scoring the Kings' second goal and finishing with five hits.

Honourable mention: Marian Hossa scored the game-winning goal on a gorgeous one-timer, and he was his usual excellent self... Jonathan Quick's glove save on Patrick Kane was pretty fun:

Did You Know? If you're wondering who ate the extra minutes in Duncan Keith's absence, Michal Rozsival played 25:28 in Game 4, 10 minutes more than he played in Game 3.

Conn Smythe Watch: 1. David Krejci, Boston Bruins; 2. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings; 4. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins; 5. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins; 6. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; 7. Bryan Bickell, Chicago Blackhawks; 8. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; 9. Nathan Horton, Boston Bruins; 10. Slava Voynov, Los Angeles Kings.

Dishonourable mention: Trailing by a goal and in danger of going down 3-1, the Kings mustered 2 shots in the the third... Dustin Penner's chicken-wing on Dave Bolland was nasty. Sounds like he won't see discipline for it, but still. Not cool.

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