Monday April 26th, 2010

1. Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks: Bobby Lu came up with 30 stops on the night, but it took only one to prove to his teammates that they'd be heading to the second round. He joked after the game that he was, "lucky Smitty doesn't have a heavy shot," but the rolling, desperation glove save Luongo made on Ryan Smyth exemplified how hard he battles and was probably as thrilling an individual highlight as you'll see in these playoffs.

2. Taylor Pyatt, Phoenix Coyotes: With the captain unable to go in Game 6, Dave Tippett sent Pyatt out to do his best Shane Doan impression. The big winger responded with his most effective game of the postseason, inviting himself into Jimmy Howard's kitchen and overstaying his welcome. Pyatt's crease presence distracted the netminder on power play goals by Mathieu Schneider and Radim Vrbata before he finished off the scoring with a redirect of a Derek Morris point blast.

3. Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks: What's a third period these days without some Sedin-ignited fireworks? With the Canucks trailing 2-1, Daniel took the lead role. He set up Kevin Bieksa from behind the net for the goal that knotted the game at two early in the period then potted the winner himself with just 2:03 left in the frame. The Sedin line, which also featured Mikael amuelsson, combined for 18 points over the final three games of the series.

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