No. 1 star: Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
May 9 could long be remembered as Valentin's Day in Baie-Comeau, where the Drakkar are one win from their first President's Cup after holding off the Val-d'Or Foreurs 6-5 on Friday to take a 3-2 lead in the final. Zykov (2G-3A, +3) hasn't been as omnipresent for Baie-Comeau as he was during their 2013 playoff run, with his shots on goal down nearly 50 per cent, but the Los Angeles Kings pick delivered in a must-win game.
Zykov scored exactly one minute into the game on a setup from Francis Turbide. The early goal was a harbinger of a high-scoring game. The Russian got assists on goals by Charles Poulin and Montreal Canadiens draft choice Jérémy Grégoire (2G-1A, -1) that lifted the Drakkar to a 3-2 lead through one period. Anthony Mantha scored early in the second (well, of course he did), but Grégoire put the home side back in front, stealing the puck in the neutral zone and finishing off a give-and-go with Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau.
The Drakkar finally got a cushion 5:13 into the third when Zykov intercepted a pass around the boards and quickly tapped the puck to Maxime St-Cyr, who scored to open a 5-3 lead. That set off a wild couple of minutes, with Mantha setting up a goal (well, of course he did) before Habs pick Charles Hudon set up Zykov to restore a two-goal spread.
No. 2 star: Kerby Rychel, Guelph Storm (OHL)
Guelph Storm GM Mike Kelly could not have scripted a better finish. Rychel (2G-1A, +3), the biggest name to change addresses before the trade deadline, and for the biggest price, assisted on or scored the final three goals of a championship-clinching comeback victory. Guelph, which prevailed 4-3 over North Bay to wrap up the J. Ross Robertson Cup four games to one, was down by two when Rychel drew an assist on a Matt Finn goal with one minute left in the second period.
The tired Battalion hung on, and hung on, through the first three quadrants of the third period. But a push for potential instance goal led to Guelph breaking away 3-on-2 and Rychel cashing in a rebound to level with 4:29 left. Just as it did on Tuesday in Game 3, the Storm abjured the notion of playing for overtime and Rychel scored again with 26.3 seconds left to give Guelph the win. The goal also gave the Columbus Blue Jackets first-rounder the playoff scoring title with 32 points in 20 games, two more than linemate Zack Mitchell. Rychel's other linemate, Robby Fabbri, won playoff MVP honours after notching 28 points in just 16 games.
No. 3 star: Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
The behemoth blueliner took care of business at each end of the ice as Edmonton became the first road team to win in the Dub final, holding off Portland 3-2. Reinhart fogged a slapshot past Winterhawks goalie Corbin Boes 2:11 into the second to give the Oil Kings their first lead inside the Moda Center during the series. When Henrik Samuelsson broke away after scooping up a cough-up by Anton Cederholm, Edmonton had a two-goal lead to turn over to its defence and goaltending. Reinhart, who logged heavy minutes and used his size and smarts to good effect in his own zone, helped support goalie Tristan Jarry in a 37-save effort and also had a hand in the Winterhawks power play going 0-for-4.
Edmonton hosts Game 6 on Sunday.
Honourable mention: Jake Smith, North Bay Battalion (OHL)
The 19-year-old goalie went out strongly two nights after getting pulled in a 10-1 blowout, keeping his team in the hunt until Guelph had the late breakthrough. Smith's 34-save night gave him a 2.54 average and .905 save percentage. The limber netminder was probably the biggest reason North Bay was a tough out in three of its four losses.
Potent notables — NHL draft prospect Chase De Leo (2A, +2) assisted on both Portland goals ... North Bay's Barclay Goodrow finished with 14 playoff goals and Nick Paul had 12.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.