NHL Three Stars: Voynov, Quick shine as Kings win Game 3 vs. Blackhawks

Greg Wyshynski
June 5, 2013

Kings win! Awkward high fives!

No. 1 Star: Slava Voynov, Los Angeles Kings

The Kings defenseman perfectly set up Justin Williams’ goal 3:21 into Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, and then scored a broken-stick goal in the second period that ended up being the game-winner in LA’s 3-1 win. Voynov skated 22:17 and was a plus-2.

No. 2 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

Quick made 19 saves, rebounding from getting pulled in Game 2 with a winning effort back on home ice. His save on Bryan Bickell late in third was one of the postseason’s best.

No. 3 Star: Bryan Bickell, Chicago Blackhawks

Bickell’s wrap-around goal after a Kings’ turnover deep in their zone cut the LA lead to 2-1 late in the second period. He now has seven goals on the season.

Honorable mention: Tyler Toffoli and Rob Scuderi had assists. Dwight King had an empty netter for the Kings. … Corey Crawford made 25 saves. … Matt Greene rocked Nick Leddy with a big hit:

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

Dishonorable mention: Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were both scoreless, leaving them with one assist each in the conference final. … Brandon Saad, Michal Handzus and Andrew Shaw were all a minus-2. … Patrick Sharp was a minus-2, and nearly got into a fight with Williams. … Duncan Keith was a minus-2, and hit Jeff Carter in the face with his stick. The NHL’s supplemental discipline team is looking into it:

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