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Three Stars: April 14

Posted on: April 15, 2010 3:04 am
Edited on: April 15, 2010 3:16 am
 
By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Derek Morris, Phoenix Coyotes

Morris played a role in each of Phoenix's goals, assisting on the first two before chipping in the go-ahead goal. In addition to being the first postseason goal of the defenseman's career, it held up as the game-winner, giving the Coyotes their first home playoff win in 10 years.


Second Star: ★ ★ Brian Boucher, Philadelphia Flyers

Like the Coyotes, Boucher also snapped a postseason winless streak, dating back to 2000. The Flyers netminder stopped 23 shots, and carried a shutout into the third period. That was nixed by New Jersey's Travis Zajac with less than three minutes to play, but Boucher held on for the victory.


Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes

Bryzgalov has been nothing short of stellar during the regular season, and that appears to be the same during the playoffs. The goalie stopped 18 of 20 shots in the first period and kept the Coyotes return to the playoffs from turning into a debacle.


Honorable Mentions


Goat of the night: Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

First he shows up late to the game, missing the team meeting, then goes out and allows five goals on 26 shots. Although Fleury was the victim of one bad bounce off the glass, he looked out of place on other goals, and struggled to follow the puck for most of the night.


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