Saturday May 23rd, 2009

1. Patrick Sharp, Blackhawks: Maybe it was all the confusion down low. Or maybe Sharp's equipment comes complete with stealth technology. Whatever the reason, the Chicago sniper managed to find about 100 square feet of open ice just 1:52 into overtime, allowing him plenty of time and space to accept Sami Pahlsson's nifty backhand pass and one-time it behind Chris Osgood for the game winner. It was the second goal of the night for Sharp, who also counted the game's opening tally, deftly deflecting Brent Seabrook's power play point shot.

2. Brad Stuart, Red Wings: Nick Lidstrom may get all the attention, but Stuart's been the lead horse for Detroit in this series. Teaming up with Jonathan Ericsson after Niklas Kronwall was ejected in the first, Stuart didn't miss a beat. He soaked up a game-high 28:29 and provided the Wings with a steadying presence as they slowly reeled Chicago in during a stunning second period comeback.

3. Adam Burish, Blackhawks: To borrow a phrase from Bruce Springsteen (who should have let Joey Ramone have this song as he promised), Burish plays the game with a hungry heart. He might not have earned a point on the night, but he certainly made one. Burish was an inspiration, banging bodies and sacrificing his own to block shots and make plays. Teams don't win Cups without soldiers like Burish.

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