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NHL Three Stars: Reimer keeps Leafs alive; Kings advance to second round

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No. 1 Star: James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs

Reimer kept the Maple Leafs' playoff hopes alive with 43 saves, including 18 in the third period as Toronto edged the Boston Bruins 2-1. Tyler Bozak (shorthanded) and Clarke MacArthur were the goal scorers for the Maple Leafs as they forced a Game 6 Sunday at Air Canada Centre.

No. 2 Star: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

Needing a victory to force Game 7, Zetterberg stepped up and delivered with a 3-point night as the Red Wings beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in overtime. Zetterberg scored Detroit's second goal of the night early in the third period and ended his evening with the overtime winner 1:04 into the extra frame. According to the AP, the Detroit captain has the most playoff goals (50) among all players since 2006.

No. 3 Star: Dustin Penner, Los Angeles Kings

Penner scored the go-ahead goal with 0.2 seconds left in the second period to give the Kings a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish as they eliminated the St. Louis Blues in six games. Jonathan Quick made 21 saves and finished the series with a .944 save percentage. LA has won 10 consecutive games at Staples Center.

Honorable mention: Mike Ribeiro's goal 9:24 into overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers and a 3-2 advantage in their series. Braden Holtby made 24 saves. Joel Ward's power play goal in the second period was his first goal of the playoffs. The Caps won 42 of 72 face-offs ... The Maple Leafs were credited 27 blocked shots ... Jimmy Howard made 34 saves, including this one on Teemu Selanne:

Pavel Datsyuk also recorded a three-point night. His goal was a backhanded beauty:

Did You Know? This is the first time the Red Wings have played four overtimes in a series in franchise history. (AP)

Conn Smythe Watch: 1. David Krejci, Boston Bruins; 2. Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks; 3. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks; 6. Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks 7. Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators; 7. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings 8. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; 9. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings 10. Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks.

Dishonorable mention: Ryane Clowe left the game in the first period with an undisclosed injury ... The Blues have been eliminated by the Kings two straight seasons.

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