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No. 1 Star: Dwayne Roloson(notes), Tampa Bay Lightning

The veteran keeper improved to 6-0 in elimination games, shutting out the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7, 1-0. Roloson made 36 saves, getting strong support from his teammates but making several key stops in a 14-save third period.

No. 2 Star: Nathan Horton(notes), Boston Bruins

Horton's second OT game-winner of the series eliminated the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7. After Adam McQuaid(notes) forced a turnover, Milan Lucic(notes) found an open Horton who blasted the puck past Carey Price(notes) (30 saves) at 5:43 of overtime for the 4-3 victory.

No. 3 Star: Tomas Plekanec(notes), Montreal Canadiens

The Habs center scored a pivotal shorthanded goal in the second period to tie the game at 2-2, and then sent a cross-ice feed to P.K. Subban(notes) for another game-tying goal on the power play that sent the game to overtime. His 25:25 time on ice was second on the team and he was even for the game. One drawback: He was dominated to the tune of a .200 winning percentage on faceoffs.

Honorable mention: Sean Bergenheim(notes) had the game-winner for the Lightning, on a nice backhand feed in back of the net from Dominic Moore(notes).Yannick Weber(notes) had the other Habs goal; Johnny Boychuk(notes), Mark Recchi(notes) and Chris Kelly(notes) (his third of the playoffs) had the Habs goals. … Tim Thomas(notes) made 34 saves.

Did you know? The Lightning became the 24th NHL team in 244 tries to come back from a 3-1 series deficit and advance.

Dishonorable mention: Boston finished 0-for-21 on the power play. … The Pittsburgh power play finished 1-for-35 for the series. … Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta(notes) and Scott Gomez(notes) were minus-3. … Andrew Ference is due to have a hearing with the NHL for this collision with Jeff Halpern(notes) behind the play:

Conn Smythe Watch: 1. Danny Briere(notes), Philadelphia Flyers, 2. Pavel Datsyuk(notes), Detroit Red Wings; 3. Ryane Clowe(notes), San Jose Sharks; 4. Michal Neuvirth(notes), Washington Capitals; 5. Daniel Sedin(notes), Vancouver Canucks; 6. Mike Fisher(notes), Nashville Predators; 7. Martin St. Louis(notes). Tampa Bay Lightning; 8. Nathan Horton, Boston Bruins; 9. Dwayne Roloson, Tampa Bay Lightning; 10. Claude Giroux(notes), Philadelphia Flyers.

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