No. 1 Star: Vinny Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning captain scored twice in Tampa's 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals, taking a 2-0 series lead. His power-play goal at 19:01 of the first period, a rocket from the circle, gave the Bolts a 1-0 lead. His overtime game-winner came on a bad change from the Caps and two good feeds from defenseman Randy Jones(notes) and winger Teddy Purcell(notes).
The Sharks keeper was strong in making 33 saves, as San Jose took a 2-0 lead in their series against the Detroit Red Wings with a 2-1 victory. He was at his best in the first period, as the Sharks killed off six minutes of power-play time for the Red Wings.
Ovechkin scored his fourth of the playoffs at 18:52 of the third period to tie Game 2 and send it into overtime.
Honorable mention: The Sharks received goals from their blueline, as Ian White(notes) and Niclas Wallin(notes) provided the offense in their victory. Henrik Zetterberg(notes) had the Detroit goal. … Marty St. Louis had an assist and a goal, his pass to Lecavalier going off the skate of Mike Green(notes) and in for the Bolts' second goal. … Dwayne Roloson(notes) made 35 saves.
Did you know? The Red Wings have lost six of their last seven series when falling behind 2-0, with the only win coming in the first round against Vancouver in 2002. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Ben Eager(notes) was given a roughing penalty and a 10-minute misconduct for skirmish with Todd Bertuzzi(notes). … The Capitals are now 0-for-11 on the power play in the series. … Detroit was outshot 19-9 in the second period.
Conn Smythe Watch: 1. Danny Briere(notes), Philadelphia Flyers; 2. Pavel Datsyuk(notes), Detroit Red Wings; 3. Ryane Clowe(notes), San Jose Sharks; 4. Martin St. Louis(notes), Tampa Bay Lightning; 5. Michal Neuvirth(notes), Washington Capitals; 6. Daniel Sedin(notes), Vancouver Canucks; 7. Pekka Rinne(notes), Nashville Predators; 8. Nathan Horton(notes), Boston Bruins; 9. Dwayne Roloson, Tampa Bay Lightning; 10. Claude Giroux(notes), Philadelphia Flyers.