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NHL Three Stars: McQuaid, Rask help Bruins close out Penguins

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No. 1 Star: Adam McQuaid, Boston Bruins

McQuaid's first goal of the playoffs was enough for the Bruins as they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 to sweep their Conference Finals series and advance to their second Stanley Cup Final since 2011.

[Nicholas Cotsonika: Bruins back in championship form with sweep of Penguins]

No. 2 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

Rask was again dominant, stopping 26 shots and earning his second shutout of the series. He ends the series having allow only two goals and kept the Penguins scoreless for the final 126:28. Rask enters the Cup Final with a 1.75 goals against average and .943 save percentage after stopping 134 of 136 shots against Pittsburgh. It was a hectic final minute, but one that ended with Rask gloving the game's final shot:

No. 3 Star: Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins

In the waning moments of Game 4, Chara and his big hand stopped a great scoring chance by Evgeni Malkin:

Honorable mention: Dennis Seidenberg was credited with seven blocked shots and four hits ... Patrice Bergeron was 17 of 26 face-offs ... Here are the handshakes:

Did You Know? The 1979 Bruins were the last team to sweep the Penguins out of the playoffs. (AP)

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

Dishonorable mention: Pittsburgh's power play ended the series 0-for-15 ... Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Jarome Iginla were among the Penguins who went pointless in the series.

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