No. 1 Star: Brandon Dubinsky, New York Rangers
Each time the Rangers grabbed the lead, the Washington Capitals came right back to even the score, except after Dubinsky's goal with 1:39 left in regulation to secure a 3-2 victory. Washington now leads the series 2-1. Sporting a new mustache, Dubinsky powered his way to the net and received two fortunate bounces before the puck finally crossed the line to give New York the lead for good and a lifeline in the series.
No. 2 Star: Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators
Fisher continued his recent run of production by potting the game-winning goal as the Predators edged the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 to take a 2-1 lead in their series. After getting into a scrap with Ryan Getzlaf in the second period, Fisher fell an assist short of notching a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. After watching Teemu Selanne score twice in a 30-second span in the second period to erase a 2-0 Nashville lead, the Predators tallied two of their own in the third, with Fisher's winner coming with 9:39 to go:A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
No. 3 Star: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Sedin set up Vancouver's first goal that tied the game at one and then their last that was the difference in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks to take a commanding 3-0 lead. Christian Ehrhoff and Daniel Sedin scored the other two goals for the Canucks, while Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.
Honorable mention: After blocking five shots this afternoon, Rangers defensemen Dan Girardi is tied for the playoff lead with 14 through three games ... Ryan Suter led all players with 27:22 in time on ice and finished with two assists and a plus-2 ... Luongo wins your "Save of the Night" with this robbery of Patrick Kane:A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
Did you know? Today's loss was the first in regulation for the Capitals with Jason Arnott in their lineup (12-1-1).
Dishonorable mention: Is another suspension coming for Raffi Torres after his blindside hit on Brent Seabrook? ... John Scott was inserted into the Blackhawks lineup to help make a difference. Seven seconds after his interference penalty, Christian Ehrhoff evened the game at one ... Referee Chris Rooney had to leave the Rangers-Capitals game in the second after suffering a leg injury that will keep him out for the remainder of the playoffs ... Finally, New York thought they had taken a 2-1 lead in the dying moments of the second period before the goal call was overturned after time had expired before the puck crossed the line:
Conn Smythe Watch: 1. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens 2. Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks; 3. Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings; 4. Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks; 5. Michael Neuvirth, Washington Capitals; 6. Shea Weber, Nashville Predators; 7. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings; 8. Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators; 9. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals; 10. Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks.