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Stanley Cup Playoffs Three Stars: Granlund wins in OT; goalies pitch shutouts

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars
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Apr 21, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; A Dallas Stars fan holds up a sign during the third period between the Stars and the Anaheim Ducks in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. The Stars shut out the Ducks 3-0. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

No. 1 Star: Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild

Granlund’s amazing individual effort produced the only goal in the Wild’s 1-0 overtime over the Colorado Avalanche, cutting their series deficit to 2-1.

No. 2 Star: Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks

Crawford made 34 saves to lead the Blackhawks to a 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues, cutting that series deficit to 2-1. Jonathan Toews and Marcus Kruger had the goals.

No. 3 Star: Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars

Lehtonen made 37 saves as the Stars cut their deficit with the Anaheim Ducks to 2-1 in a 3-0 victory. Jamie Benn, Valeri Nichushkin and Ryan Garbutt had the goals.

Honorable mention: Semyon Varlamov (45 saves) and Darcy Kuemper (22 saves) put on goaltending show in Minnesota. … The Pittsburgh Penguins scored three goals on three straight shots in the third period, rallying to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3. Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Jokinen had the goals.

Dishonorable mention: Matt Cooke’s knee-on-knee hit on Tyson Barrie will result in an in-person hearing with the NHL. … In a sad twist, Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas broke his leg in Dallas. … For the second time in their series, the Jackets blew a 2-goal lead.

 

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