No. 1 Star: Dave Bolland, Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks got back into their series with the Vancouver Canucks in a big way with a 7-2 rout and now trail 3-1 with Game 5 on Thursday night. After missing 17 games due to a concussion, Bolland returned to the Chicago lineup and produced a four-point night (goal, three assists) to give him 15 points in his last 13 playoff games against the Canucks.
No. 2 Star: Devin Setoguchi, San Jose Sharks
Setoguchi's first of the playoffs ended an incredible Sharks comeback as they took a 2-1 series lead over the Los Angeles Kings with a 6-5 overtime win. San Jose spotted the Kings a 4-0 lead before the Sharks roared back with a five-goal second period to force overtime. In the extra frame, it was Setoguchi finishing things off 3:09 in:
No. 3 Star: Ryane Clowe, San Jose Sharks
Clowe contributed big time in the Sharks' comeback scoring two of San Jose's five second period goals 12 minutes apart in their second overtime win of the series.
Honorable mention: Dustin Brown led all players with nine hits ... Joe Thornton won 15 of his 22 draws ... Michael Frolik scored his first career playoff goal and assisted on two others while finishing a plus-4 ... Patrick Sharp had a pair of power play goals in the win ... Bryan Bickell opened the scoring 1:43 into the game with this beauty:
Did you know? "The Sharks became only the fourth team in NHL history to come back from a four-goal deficit to win a Stanley Cup playoff game." - Mercury News
Dishonorable mention: All six of San Jose's come-from-behind goals were on Jonathan Quick ... Dustin Penner was sitting in the box for roughing as Clowe scored the only power play goal in the game ... Michal Handzus was 1-for-14 in faceoffs ... Roberto Luongo, who had allowed five goals in the first three games, was in net for six of Chicago's seven tallies ... The Sedin twins finished a combined minus-7 ... Things got chippy in the third period of the Blackhawks-Canucks game. Six 10-minute misconducts were handed out and Kevin Bieksa dropped the mitts with Viktor Stalberg:
Conn Smythe Watch: 1. Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks; 2. Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings; 3.Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks; 4. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens; 5. Michael Neuvirth,Washington Capitals; 6. Shea Weber, Nashville Predators; 7. Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators; 8.Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings; 9. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals; 10. Ryane Clowe, San Jose Sharks