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Three Stars: April 15

Posted on: April 16, 2010 1:50 am
Edited on: April 16, 2010 1:52 am
By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo lost its composure during a massive scrum late in the first period, and Miller made sure the fisticuffs didn't impact the final score. The Sabres goalie stopped 38 shots Thursday night -- 23 in the second period alone.

Second Star: ★ ★ Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens regular season scoring leader came through in the clutch, scoring from the high slot to give the eighth-seeded Canadiens a 3-2 overtime win.

Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Mikael Samuelsson, Vancouver Canucks

A Cup winner with Detroit, Samuelsson knows what it takes to win in the postseason, and showed his Canucks teammates Thursday night. The Swede contributed a tying goal in the second period and the game-winner in overtime.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Andrew Alberts, Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver penalty killing hasn't been great this season, and Alberts left his teammates shorthanded for a chunk of Game 1. The Kings scored on the power play resulting from his interference call. They tied the game on a 5-minute power play after Alberts was ejected for boarding.

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