Sunday May 2nd, 2010

1. Marc Savard, Bruins

Welcome back to the ice and the headlines. Out since March 7 with a Grade-2 concussion, the Bruins' superb playmaker scored the game-winner at 13:52 of overtime to give Boston a 5-4 victory and a 1-0 series lead against Philadelphia. After seeing a modified amount of ice time in his return -- 15:16 in 23 shifts -- Savard fired a bouncing puck from the right faceoff circle past Brian Boucher to send the Bruins home with a win.

2. Roberto Luongo, Canucks

In the first period, when the Blackhawks outshot the Canucks, 17-13, he made several key saves that left little doubt as to which Luongo was showing up for the series opener. In all, he turned back 36 of 37, decisively outplaying Chicago goaltender Antti Niemi and leading the Canucks to an easy first-game triumph, 5-1. He allowed only a single goal to Patrick Kane in the third period with the Canucks down two skaters, but up five goals.

3. Mike Richards, Flyers

Don't blame the Flyers captain for the Game 1 loss in Boston. Richards had a goal and two assists in a valiant losing cause for Philadelphia, which erased a pair of two-goal deficits to force overtime in Boston. He started the Flyers' comeback in the third period, bringing Philly to within 4-3 with 7:23 to play when he pounced on a loose rebound and beat Bruins' goalie Tuukka Rask for his third goal and 11th point of the playoffs.

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