Three Stars: Drouin provides a spark for Lightning
Everyone came out even on a two-game Saturday.
Here's who stood out to us:
Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning
The flashy winger lost a lot of fans with his immature decisions this season, but he's quickly winning them back with a showy performance in the playoffs. Drouin was the spark plug in Tampa's 4-1 win over the Islanders in Game 2, scoring the game-winning goal, his first ever in the playoffs, and then assisting on Victor Hedman's insurance tally. The Bolts needed someone to step up after they gave away Game 1. He answered the call, making something happen on almost every shift. And geez, he's just 21...
Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins
It wasn't the quantity. It was the quality....and the timing. Murray could have spent the first two periods reading the funny papers for all the action he saw (Washington had just 10 shots through 40). But the Caps came at him hard in the third, launching 14 shots on net in a desperate attempt to get the game to OT. Murray had other ideas however, thwarting their advances and controlling his rebounds to frustrate Washington's attack. His best save of the night may have been his last: a thrilling bit of leather larceny to deny Nicklas Backstrom with 13.2 ticks left.
John Carlson, Washington Capitals
No one will remember that it was his blast from the point that Marcus Johansson cashed in for Washington's lone goal. Or that he led the Caps in shots (five) and time on ice (26:47). They won't even remember that Washington lost Game 2 to the Penguins. But that hit on Crosby? That will live forever.