Saturday May 22nd, 2010

Chris Pronger, Philadelphia: Yeah, they gave up the farm to acquire him last summer from the Ducks, and sure, that contract might come back to haunt them in, oh, 2013. But right now, Pronger is worth everything they paid and then some. The massive defender rebounded from a disappointing Game 3 with what may have been his best performance of the postseason. He logged more than 31 minutes of ice, established a dominant physical presence in his own zone and set up Philly's insurance marker with a sensational 100-foot pass that sprung Ville Leino for a breakaway.

Claude Giroux, Philadelphia: All eyes were on the returning Jeff Carter, but Giroux quickly became the center of attention among Philly's forwards with an energetic three-zone effort. Giroux was dynamite in the face-off circle, winning 11 of 16 draws, and blocked a pair of shots to help make life easier for Michael Leighton. He also took two shots himself, both of which ended up on the scoreboard. Giroux netted the winner early in the second when he blew by Josh Gorges and drove the net before flipping a wrister over the shoulder of Jaroslav Halak. He closed out the scoring in the final 90 seconds, beating Jaroslav Spacek to a loose puck before swatting it in an empty cage to seal the win.

Michael Leighton, Philadelphia: No, he wasn't particularly busy, facing just 17 shots, but Leighton earns a star more for giving the Flyers the strong bounceback effort they needed rather than for his third shutout of the series. There were a number of reasons the Habs couldn't generate anything offensively, but their biggest obstacle was their inability to create second chances. That can be attributed directly to Leighton, whose outstanding rebound control stifled every Canadien incursion.

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