NHL Three Stars: Crosby’s trick gives Pens 4-3 Game 2 victory

No. 1 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Crosby recorded his second career postseason hat trick during the Penguins' 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 2. He tallied his first two goals during a three-goal opening period for the Penguins, then completed the trick early in the second period on the power play. Crosby is the fifth player in Penguins franchise history to reach 100 career points in the playoffs.

No. 2 Star: Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins

Martin continued his stellar play assisting on a pair of goals to give him 15 points in his last 16 games. He's now on 9 points, good enough to be tied for fourth in playoff scoring.

No. 3 Star: Brenden Morrow, Pittsburgh Penguins

Morrow scored his first playoff goal since 2008 by deflecting a Paul Martin shot midway through the second period. That goal would stand as the game winner. Late in the game, as the Penguins were hanging on to their 4-3 lead and time running out, Morrow killed seconds deep in the Senators' zone by protecting the puck along the boards.

Honorable mention: Kris Letang chipped in two assists to give him 9 points in the postseason ... Evgeni Malkin's assist extended his points streak to 9 games including the regular season ... Robin Lehner stopped 20 of 21 shots he faced in relief of Craig Anderson, including this great save on Jarome Iginla:

Did You Know? Ottawa has never won a playoff series after dropping the opening two games. (AP)

Conn Smythe Watch: 1. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; 2. David Krejci, Boston Bruins; 3. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings; 5. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers; 6. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins; 7. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins. 8. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings; 9. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings; 10. Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks;

Dishonorable mention: Erik Karlsson played just 15:37, his lowest time on-ice of the season. Afterward, Paul MacLean said, "He wasn't one of the best players today, so he didn't play." ... Craig Anderson was pulled after allowing three goals in 21:15, the first time that's happened since March 2012.