Ward tops Tuesday's Three Stars

Author:
Publish date:

2. Sergei Fedorov, Capitals: The shot might not have as much zip as it did earlier in his 18-year career, but Fedorov still knows where to put it. Taking a nifty backhand pass from Matt Bradley in the neutral zone, Fedorov darted into Rangers territory, waited until Wade Redden provided a partial screen then ripped the series clincher over Henrik Lundqvist's glove. The goal sent the Capitals into the second round for the first time since 1998.

3. Tim Gleason, Hurricanes: It was just one play, but it created the moment on which the series turned. With the 'Canes trailing 3-2 and pressing in the final 90 seconds, Rod Brind'Amour was rushed into making a brutal pass by a hard charging Zach Parise. It was headed out of the New Jersey zone when Gleason threw himself headlong to keep the play onside. In the same motion he scooped up the puck and sent it to Joni Pitkanen, who found Jussi Jokinen cross ice for the tying goal. It lacked the glamour of Jokinen's one-timer, or the drama of EricStaal's winner 48 seconds later, but without that read and react by Gleason the 'Canes are golfing on Thursday morning.