Tuesday May 19th, 2009

1. Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins - With his teammates tossing away pucks like they were beads at Mardi Gras, Fleury was forced to come up with one of his best performances of the spring. He made 23 saves on the night and looked particularly sharp on a glove save on Tuomo Ruutu midway through the first. In the dying moments he stymied Eric Staal in his attempt to bury what could have been the tying goal.

2. Philippe Boucher, Penguins - Boucher earned his spot in the lineup as a seventh defenseman to spell Sergei Gonchar, so it wasn't a shock to see his ice time limited to just 8:28. What was surprising was how noticeable he was during his infrequent twirls. Boucher found Evgeni Malkin alone in the slot to set up Pittsburgh's second goal late in the first, then scored the eventual game-winner himself on a deceptive wrist shot midway through the third.

3. Chad LaRose, Hurricanes - His second period goal got the 'Canes back in the game, but even without that tally it would have been hard to overlook LaRose's effort on the night. He used his speed to jump on Pittsburgh's puck-handling gaffes and generated a handful of quality chances with his tenacious forecheck and smart positioning.

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