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Sunday's Three Stars: Ward slams the door on Bruins

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No. 1 star, Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes:
Just when the Bruins were cruising along wondering if they'd ever lose a game in these playoffs, Carolina's Ward seemed to recall he's never lost a postseason series. The Hurricanes' goalie stood tall on Sunday, turning away each and every one of Boston's 36 shots on goal. The Carolina defense blocked 13 other shots and the Bruins were judged to have missed the net on nine other attempts. Ward's first playoff shutout on the road was his second blanking of this postseason and the fourth of his playoff career.

No. 2 star, Todd Marchant, Anaheim Ducks:
The unheralded defensive star (among forwards) during Anaheim's dismantling of San Jose in the first round showed he has an offensive side of his game, too, on Sunday in Detroit. Marchant put a wrist shot past Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood 75 seconds into the third overtime to give Anaheim a split of the first two games of a second-round series. Marchant won 16 of 32 draws while accruing 30:02 of ice time.

No. 3 star, Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks:
Anaheim's first-line center, playing well beyond what you'd expect of a 23-year-old manning that important of a position, scored a goal and added two assists – he'd figured in the scoring of all of Anaheim's goals against Detroit until Sunday's OT winner – as the Ducks return to Anaheim with momentum in the series. Getzlaf also logged a second less than 39 minutes of ice time in Game 2.

Major penalty: It was a tough night for Boston in terms of special teams. Not only did the Bruins go 0-for-4 on the power play during a game in which they couldn't penetrate at even strength, but Boston surrendered a short-handed goal, too, to turn a 1-0 disadvantage into a 2-0 deficit in the second period. The two-goal second for Carolina marked the first time this playoff season the Bruins had surrendered more than one goal in a period.

Minor penalty: Detroit failed to take advantage in two areas of overtime on Sunday. The Red Wings did not convert on a Scott Niedermayer penalty midway through the second OT. Niedermayer's trip of Jiri Hudler at 11:08 took Anaheim's best defenseman off the ice, yet the Wings failed to score. And Detroit held a 29-17 edge in shots during sudden death, but couldn't slip any past Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller.

Conn Smythe Watch: (The Top 10) 1. Alexander Semin, Capitals; 2. Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks; 3. Sidney Crosby, Penguins; 4. Roberto Luongo, Canucks; 5. Cam Ward, Hurricanes; 6. Patrick Kane, Blackhawks; 7. Jonas Hiller, Ducks; 8. Simeon Varlamov, Capitals; 9. Chris Osgood, Red Wings; 10. Tim Thomas, Bruins.

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