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

Harrison Mooney
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.