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Stanley Cup Playoffs Three Stars: Crawford, Lundqvist are the eliminators

Kane, Blackhawks top Wild 2-1 in OT to advance

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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) deflects a shot in front of Blackhawks defenseman Sheldon Brookbank (17) and Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

No. 1 Star: Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks

Crawford was brilliant for the Blackhawks, making 34 saves as Chicago eliminated the Minnesota Wild in Game 6, 2-1. Crawford made 61 saves on 63 shots in the Blackhawks’ final two victories.

No. 2 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

Lundqvist made 35 saves and shut down the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7, as the Rangers advanced to the conference final with a 2-1 victory.

No. 3 Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

More showtime for Kane, as a fortunate bounce off the boards led to his overtime game winner against the Wild.

Honorable mention: Brad Richards had the game-winner for the Rangers. Brian Boyle and Jussi Jokinen had the other goals in Game 7. … Kris Versteeg and Erik Haula had the goals in Game 6.

Dishonorable mention: The Penguins had 10 giveaways to the Rangers’ one. … Sidney Crosby didn’t tally a point in Games 6 and 7. … The Wild were 0-for-3 on the power play.


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