No. 1 Star: Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins
The Boston pest scored 28 seconds into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final, after a Sidney Crosby turnover. He closed out the scoring in a dominating first period by Boston with a perfectly placed shot that beat Marc-Andre Fleury, giving the Bruins a 4-1 lead en route to a 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was also a plus-4.
No. 2 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Rask was outstanding in Game 2, refusing to give the Penguins any momentum in making 26 saves. Rask has given up just two goals in his last three playoff games.
No. 3 Star: Nathan Horton, Boston Bruins
Horton scored the Bruins’ second goal and assisted on David Krejci’s goal just 1:54 later. He had five points in the Bruins’ two wins over the Penguins.
Honorable mention: Patrice Bergeron and Johnny Boychuk had the other Boston goal. … Andrew Ference was a plus-3. … Brandon Sutter scored for the Penguins.
Conn Smythe Watch: 1. David Krejci, Boston Bruins; 2. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; 4. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings; 5. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins; 7. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins. 8. Nathan Horton, Boston Bruins; 9. Mike Richards, Los Angeles Kings; 10. Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks
Dishonorable mention: The Penguins. But specifically Tomas Vokoun getting pulled in the first period, the team's 12 giveaways, the terrible play of both Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin another another quiet night from their heralded power play.