No. 1 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
The Boston Bruins outshot the Canadiens 30 to 18, but they were outscored 3-1, thanks in large part to Price shutting the door one last time. The Montreal netminder was nigh unassailable in the win. When Montreal jumped up 2-0, and it became apparent Boston was going to have to beat him three times to win the game, you got the sense they were finished. And they were.
No. 2 Star: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Kopitar picked up an assist in the Kings' 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, which pushed the series to a seventh game Wednesday. It was a pretty helper, too, as the LA centre set up Jake Muzzin with a no-look pass in front of the Anaheim net:
Kopitar has only failed to register a point in one game of this postseason, which is insane.
No. 3 Star: Daniel Briere, Montreal Canadiens
The clutchest player to ever clutch came up clutch once again, with an assist on Dale Weise's opening goal, then the insurance marker to help preserve the Montreal win.
Honorable mention: Fourth-liner Dale Weise, acquired by the Canadiens after the Canucks sent out a league-wide e-mail telling people he could be had for basically nothing, scored his third goal of the playoffs... Trevor Lewis scored the game-winning goal for the Kings.
Did You Know? OMG Daniel Briere is better than Crosby!!!
With his 2 pts tonight, Danny Briere passes Sidney Crosby on all-time playoff list to move into a tie for 61st with John Tonelli.— Tim Wharnsby (@WharnsbyCBC) May 15, 2014
Dishonorable mention: Milan Lucic failed to respect the great traditions of the handshake line. For shame, Milan Lucic. More like MULAN Lucic, because you spurned the traditions of your people.