1. Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings: Lidstrom may not play next year, but he ensured the Red Wings will play another day this postseason. A fine exhibition of prideful leadership by the captain with oodles of ice time ... and two goals.
2. Milan Lucic, Bruins: He finally scored -- on the power play yet -- and looked so much more confident low in the offensive zone. The B's did it collectively to complete the sweep over the Flyers, but having Lucic show his form completes the picture heading into the Eastern Conference final.
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3. Darren Helm, Red Wings: Helm extended the Red Wings-Sharks series with 87 seconds remaining. The Sharks' Logan Couture gets honorable mention in contributing to his team's comeback to tie the game at 3-3 after trailing 3-0 in the first. Still, to come through after gaffing on the game's first goal, Helm deserves star status.