Monday April 30th, 2012

1. Shane Doan, Coyotes -- The Predators got their foot in the comeback door when Ryan Suter's power play goal just 53 seconds into the third closed the gap to one. Ah, but there was Doan to slam it shut less than three minutes later, deflecting a Derek Morris slapper past Pekka Rinne to close out the scoring at 5-3. It was another captainly night for Doan, who appears determined not to let his first experience in the second round go to waste. His team-leading six shots on the night also included a blast off Rinne's shoulder that knocked the goalie off balance, leaving an easy rebound for Taylor Pyatt to cash in.

2. Daniel Briere, Flyers -- Eventually, some coaching genius is going to figure out how to slow down Briere, right? After scoring two goals--including the overtime clincher--in Philly's 4-3 Game 1 win over the Devils, Briere clearly ranks as the hottest postseason sniper. The winger has 26 goals in his last 41 playoff games, and now has three OT winners to his credit after his blueline slapper blew by Martin Brodeur. And all this after his first turn at emptying the Philadelphia bench was waved off (correctly) as a result of a distinct kicking motion. "I was on the bench there are a few seconds where you're shaking your head and like 'C'mon, they made the wrong call, I can't believe this is happening,' Briere said. "And then I was like, "All right, time to stop pouting now. Let's get back to work.' "I was fortunate to have another break."

3. Keith Yandle, Coyotes -- One of the keys to Phoenix's success in Game 2 was smart transitional play. Yandle, who was plus-three on the night after wearing some kind of cloak of invisibility on Friday, was the lynchpin of the blueline, sending Nashville's forecheckers into full retreat with his precision passing and aggressive targeting. As the game progressed and the Preds began laying off him, he expertly exploited the larger gaps that appeared. He earned a pair of assists, both created on bold sorties into the offensive zone. Amazing what can happen when you're playing with confidence.

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