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No. 1 star: Henrik Sedin(notes), Vancouver Canucks

The Art Ross winner snapped a 4-4 tie with a great solo effort late in the third period, leading the Canucks to a critical Game 4 win at the Los Angeles Kings. Sedin beat Jonathan Quick(notes) (31 saves) with 2:52 left to play, on an assist from Daniel Sedin(notes). Ryan Kesler(notes) scored an empty netter to make the final margin 6-4 and knot the series at 2-2. Henrik earlier assisted on Sami Salo's(notes) power-play goal that briefly gave Vancouver the lead.

No. 2 star: Miro Satan, Boston Bruins

After an impressive goaltending duel between Ryan Miller(notes) (36 saves) and Tuukka Rask(notes) (35 saves) sent the game into double overtime, Satan ended it at 7:41 with a nice move that fooled Miller and gave Boston a 3-2 victory and a 3-1 series lead.

No. 3 star: Alex Ovechkin(notes), Washington Capitals

Ovechkin scored the first power-play goal of the series for the Capitals in the first period and then broke a 2-2 tie at 11:09 of the third period on a feed from Alex Semin, leading Washington to a 6-3 victory at the Montreal Canadiens and a 3-1 series lead. He also assisted on Nicklas Backstrom's(notes) empty-netter at the end. (We'll have more on Ovechkin's pregame exploits in the morning.)

Honorable Mention: The Kings scored two power-play goals against Vancouver, increasing their streak to six straight power-play tallies until it was snapped later in the game. ... Credit Alain Vigneault for moving Mikael Samuelsson(notes) with the Sedins and sparking the Canucks' offense. ... Dustin Brown(notes) and Wayne Simmonds(notes) both had a goal and an assist for the Kings. ... Patrice Bergeron's(notes) quick turnaround shot in the third period fooled Miller to tie the game. ... Zdeno Chara(notes) played a game-high 37:57 for the Bruins. ... Semyon Varlamov(notes) (36 saves) was outstanding at times for the Capitals, who were outshot 33-18 in the first two periods.

Dishonorable Mention: There's no telling how different Montreal's game might have been had the Habs not given up an inexcusable game-tying shorthanded goal to Mike Knuble(notes) with 7 seconds left in the second period. ... Roberto Luongo(notes) had 22 saves, but still looked shaky in Staples Center. ... Still no goals for Tim Connolly(notes), Derek Roy(notes) or Drew Stafford(notes). ... Finally, Carey Price(notes) took a pair of misconduct penalties in the third period, including this slash from the bench on Backstrom. He also fired a puck at the Capitals after Jason Chimera(notes) made it 4-2. To Price's credit, his postgame quote:  "It was frustration ... It's not a good move, but let 'em know that you're there." Put some lumber in their teeth! Old time hockey!

Conn Smythe Watch: 1. Sidney Crosby(notes), Pittsburgh Penguins; 2. Henrik Zetterberg(notes), Detroit Red Wings; 3. Craig Anderson(notes), Colorado Avalanche; 4. Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals; 5. Mikael Samuelsson, Vancouver Canucks; 6. Drew Doughty(notes), Los Angeles Kings; 7. Mike Richards(notes), Philadelphia Flyers; 8. Joe Pavelski(notes), San Jose Sharks; 9. Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins; 10. Pekka Rinne(notes), Nashville Predators.

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