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No. 1 Star: Steve Downie(notes), Tampa Bay Lightning

The pugnacious Bolts winger scored the game-winning goal and assisted on tallies from Teddy Purcell(notes) and Sean Bergenheim(notes) as the Lightning survived Game 6, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2, to force Game 7. Ryan Malone(notes) had the other goal.

No. 2 Star: Joe Thornton(notes), San Jose Sharks

The much-maligned playoff performer scored the series-winning goal at 2:22 of overtime to give the Sharks a 4-3 Game 6 win and a trip to the second round. He also assisted on Kyle Wellwood's(notes) second-period tally to open the scoring.

No. 3 Star: Trevor Lewis(notes), Los Angeles Kings

The Kings forward had a power-play helper in the second and the game-tying goal in the third period on the power play, playing 16:33 vs. the Sharks. Another strong game for the Kings' grunts.

Honorable mention: Jonathan Quick(notes) stopped 31 of 35 shots, while Antti Niemi(notes) made 26 saves on 29 shots in the Kings/Sharks Game 6. Niemi got better as the game went on. … Justin Williams(notes) and Ryan Smyth(notes) had the Kings goals. … Dany Heatley(notes) scored an unassisted goal in the third. … Pascal Dupuis(notes) and Jordan Staal(notes) had the Penguins' goals. … Dwayne Roloson(notes) made 27 saves on 29 shots, including this incredible sequence:

Did you know? Rob Scuderi(notes) briefly left the game in the second period after taking a skate blade near his eye in a collision with Sharks D Niclas Wallin(notes) along the boards. (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Jamie McGinn(notes) was given a 5-minute major and a game misconduct late in the third period for charging. But the Kings didn't score on that man advantage. … The Penguins power play is now 1-for-30. ... This was not the best penalty shot attempt for Chris Conner(notes).

Conn Smythe Watch 1. Pavel Datsyuk(notes), Detroit Red Wings; 2. Ryane Clowe(notes), San Jose Sharks; 3. Michal Neuvirth(notes), Washington Capitals; 4. Daniel Sedin(notes), Vancouver Canucks; 5. Mike Fisher(notes), Nashville Predators; 6. Danny Briere(notes), Philadelphia Flyers; 7. Martin St. Louis(notes). Tampa Bay Lightning; 8. Tim Thomas(notes), Boston Bruins; 9. Ryan Miller(notes), Buffalo Sabres; 10. Duncan Keith(notes), Chicago Blackhawks;

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