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Stanley Cup Playoffs Three Stars: Parise goes Wild, Malkin tricks Blue Jackets

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, right, of Slovenia, scores on San Jose Sharks goalie Alex Stalock during the third period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Monday, April 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 4-1. (AP Photo)
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Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, right, of Slovenia, scores on San Jose Sharks goalie Alex Stalock during the third period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Monday, April 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 4-1. (AP Photo)

No. 1 Star: Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

Parise was in on every goal for the Wild, save their second empty-netter, in a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6. He opened the scoring less than a minute into the first, scored the game-winner,  and picked up assists on Mikael Granlund's goal and Jason Pominville's all-important empty-netter. Parise now leads the postseason with 10 points. 

No. 2 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittburgh Penguins

After five scoreless games, Malkin made up for lost time in Game 6 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, scoring three times on a game-high six shots in a 4-3 win. The Penguins needed all 3, too, after Columbus chipped away at the four-goal lead and nearly tied the game. Here's the trick:

No. 3 Star: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Kopitar scored twice in the Kings' 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. After Justin Williams made it 2-1 with his second of the night, the Kopitar twisted the knife, scoring two more in short order to put the game out of reach. His first was some great hand-eye:

Kopitar was also instrumental in a second-period penalty-kill on a 5-on-3, proving why he deserved that Selke nomination with some incredible defensive work.

Honorable mention: Fedor Tyutin had a goal and an assist for the Columbus Blue Jackets..

Did You Know? Justin Williams has 7 goals in 8 elimination games for the Kings.

Dishonorable mention: You squander a 3-0 series lead and you get put here, Sharks... Paul Stastny is gonna get so fined for this bit of stickwork.

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