G -- Ryan Miller, USA: Maybe the IOC didn't like "Miller Time" on his mask, but here's a toast to the dominant goalie in a tournament. Miller had one shutout -- he came out early in the Finland game while working on another whitewash -- and had a brilliant .946 save percentage.
D -- Brian Rafalski, USA: While he stands in Nicklas Lidstrom's shadows in Detroit, he emerged as the leader of the American defense. He was exceptional on the power play, invariably getting shots through to the net while scoring four goals.
D -- Shea Weber, Canada: Weber might not leap buildings with a single bound, but his slapshots rip the twine -- as one did against Germany. He had two goals, four assists and was a plus four. The Nashville blueliner's best work, however, came in a shutdown role against Russia when he blanked Alex Ovechkin.
LW -- Zach Parise, USA: Parise started slowly in the round robin, but he sparkled in the big games. The New Jersey star buried the two U.S. goals against Switzerland, was dynamic in the semifinal blowout of Finland and sent the gold-medal game into overtime with a goal in the final 25 seconds. Parise's performance was more amazing because he had little rapport with center Paul Stastny.
C -- Jonathan Toews, Canada: The Blackhawks captain started on the fourth line -- Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman initially thought Toews would make the team as the 13th forward -- but he earned ice time as the tournament progressed. He had one goal, seven assists and was the fulcrum on Canada's most effective two-way line with wingers Rick Nash and Mike Richards.
RW -- Patrick Kane, USA: As soon as coach Ron Wilson flipped him with Jamie Langenbrunner and dropped him next to center Ryan Kesler, Kane was like a comet rushing through this firmament of hockey stars. In the final he assisted on the two American goals. He also was the only player quick and gifted enough to create his own ice in the gold medal match, making the left-side Canadian defensemen break out in hives.
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