Adrian Dater
Monday April 18th, 2011

1. Brandon Dubinsky, Rangers -- Yes, it was something of a Texas Leaguer, the goal that proved the game-winner for the New York Rangers Sunday -- a popup that fell in behind Washington goalie Michal Neuvirth. But it's funny, isn't it, how the hardest-working players seem to get all the luck? For Dubinsky, the kind of effort he put forth for New York in Game 3 made him a worthy candidate for a fortunate goal. In 25:45 of ice time for New York, he had the goal plus an assist, and a game-high seven hits.

2. Roberto Luongo, Canucks -- Against the defending Stanley Cup champs, on their home ice in a desperation game, the Canucks goalie continued his outstanding series. Chicago put 32 shots on Luongo and beat him twice, but he allowed nothing in a tough third period to help give Vancouver the 3-0 series lead. Chicago has never come back from a 3-0 deficit in a series (in 17 tries) and the way Luongo is playing, there won't be a first time this year.

3. Sergei Kostitsyn, Predators -- While it would be tempting to give a star to the ageless Teemu Selanne for his two goals in a losing cause, or Mike Fisher for the game-winner in Nashville's Game 3 victory, the best play of the game was made by Kostitsyn. With the game tied 3-3 midway through the third period, Kostitsyn made a brilliant backhand pass from the right circle all the way to a cutting Fisher down the left side for the game-winner. That's the kind of skill that made the Predators take a flyer on Kostitsyn when he didn't fit in anymore with Montreal. He's made Predators GM David Poile look very smart.

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