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Stanley Cup Playoffs Three Stars: OT drama in Tampa; Sutter power Penguins

Montreal Canadiens right wing Dale Weise (22) celebrates with teammates P.K. Subban (76) and Daniel Briere (48) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during overtime of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla
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Montreal Canadiens right wing Dale Weise (22) celebrates with teammates P.K. Subban (76) and Daniel Briere (48) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during overtime of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

No. 1 Star: Dale Weise, Montreal Canadiens

The Habs forward was in the right place at the right time – 18:08 of OT – when Daniel Briere hit him with a pass from behind the net. Weise snapped a shot past a frozen Anders Lindback for the 5-4 victory in Game 1 of Montreal’s series vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning.

No. 2 Star: Brandon Sutter, Pittsburgh Penguins

Sutter’s wrist shot at 8:18 of the third period beat Sergei Bobrovsky and gave the Pittsburgh Penguins their only lead of the night – and the game-winning goal in their 4-3 victory. Sutter also won 53 percent of his faceoffs.

No. 3 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Even in a losing effort, Stamkos was awesome in Game 1 vs. Montreal. He skated 27:31, scored two goals and was dangerous on almost every shift.

Honorable mention: Ryan Getzlaf and Matt Beleskey had a goal and an assist each as the Anaheim Ducks held off a Dallas Stars’ rally for a 4-3 victory. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin scored in the losing effort. Frederik Andersen made 32 saves in his playoff debut. … Jack Johnson had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets. … Brian Gionta had a goal and an assist for the Habs. Alex Killorn had the same for the Bolts.

Dishonorable mention: Kris Letang struggled for the Penguins, with no points and a minus-1 and four penalty minutes. … Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz were minus-2. … Valtteri Filppula and Ryan Callahan were minus-2 with no points. … Bobrovsky was outplayed by Marc-Andre Fleury, which probably can’t happen if the Jackets want to advance.

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