Jarret Stoll takes out Alexei Ponikarovsky with a glove soaked in ether.
No. 1 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
In a stark reversal of Wednesday's series opener, most of the action tonight was on the wrong side of Quick's blueline, but the Kings' backstop kept it on the right side of his goal line all night. Quick was the difference for the Kings in Game 2, making 32 saves on 33 shots to hold the Devils at bay and give his team a chance to steal a game they probably didn't deserve. They did exactly that, in a 2-1 overtime victory. Here's a sweet netcam video of Quick at work:
No. 2 Star: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
Brodeur was excellent again for the Devils, making 30 saves of his own. Like Quick, he kept his team in the game and gave them a chance to win it. Unlike Quick, his team couldn't capitalize on the great goaltending they were given.
No. 3 Star: Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
Carter can disappear at times, but when he gets an opportunity to use that incredible wrist shot of his, he tends to be very visible. The second line winger won Game 2 for the Kings in overtime when he stepped into the middle of the ice and fired a laser past Martin Brodeur.
Honourable mention: The Kings have won 10 consecutive playoff road games, which is, you know, notable ... Both goaltenders were amazing tonight and game-winning goals trump, but the fact that there isn't room for Drew Doughty in the 3 star-selection is a travesty. He was excellent once again, opening the scoring on a sizzling end-to-end rush, and staving off New Jersey's zone pressure at every turn ... Ryan Carter's game-tying goal was a pretty big deal:
Dishonourable mention: The pairing of Slava Voynov and Willie Mitchell really struggled tonight ... The game-winning goal doesn't happen if the Devils execute that line change a little better or, say, once the puck is deep ... 2 shots for Ilya Kovalchuk in 27 minutes of icetime. He's either ailing or failing.