Simon Despres relaxes in his invisible recliner.
No. 1 Star: Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Hossa contributed 2 goals and an assist in the Blackhawks 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, leading the Presidents' Trophy winners into round 2.
No. 2 Star: Tomas Vokoun, Pittsburgh Penguins
Brought in to settle the Penguins' situation in goal, Vokoun did exactly that, stopping all 31 shots he faced in a 4-0 shutout victory. Granted, the Penguins were dominant enough that he probably didn't need to stand on his head, but it was nice of him to do it anyway.
No. 3 Star: Cory Conacher, Ottawa Senators
Two routs, two eliminations Thursday night. Conacher led the way as the Senators dispatched the Montreal Canadiens with a 6-1 win, scoring at about the same time in the first (12:26) and third (12:27). His first goal stood up as the game-winner.
Honourable mention: Sidney Crosby had an assist and scored an amazing goal. Here it is again, mirrored with Mario Lemieux's goal versus the Minnesota North Stars for maximum coolness:A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
...Craig Anderson was nigh unbeatable, stopping 33 of 34 shots... It didn't amount to anything, but this stickhandling by John Tavares was pretty great:A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
Did You Know? By eliminating Minnesota, Corey Crawford won his first playoff series.
Conn Smythe Watch: 1. David Krejci, Boston Bruins; 2. Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks; 3. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks; 6. Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks 7. Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators; 7. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals 8. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins 9. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings; 10. Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks.
Dishonourable mention: No shots for Zach Parise, which hasn't happened in 244 games... Peter Budaj really wasn't very good at all.