Tuesday April 28th, 2009

1. Jonas Hiller, Ducks: The MVP of the first round? Hard to argue otherwise. Hiller was magnificent again tonight, stopping 36 of 37 and snuffing out any momentum the Sharks might have generated after the visitors jumped to a 1-0 lead midway through the first. No surprise the one that beat him was a power play marker -- Hiller allowed just five even-strength goals through the six-game series.

2. Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks: From the opening face-off it was apparent this was a game that would be determined by testosterone and force of will. Getzlaf dropped the mitts with Joe Thornton to set the tone, took the point blast that Corey Perry tipped in for the tying goal in the first, then relied on his defensive grit to turn Joe Thornton into a modern-day Claude Rains.

3. Nikolai Khabibulin, Blackhawks: Even if the Flames failed to generate enough high-end chances among their 44 shots, Khabibulin still posted 43 saves on the night ? a far sight better than the 12 managed at the other end by Miikka Kiprusoff. He won the game for the Hawks during an early second period stretch when the Flames outshot Chicago 12-1.

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