Kane best of Monday's Three Stars

Tuesday May 12th, 2009

1. Patrick Kane, Blackhawks: This may be his first time around the postseason block, but Kane looks pretty comfortable, doesn't he? Despite playing just 13:36 -- his second-lightest workload of the season -- he notched his first career hat trick, including the goal that turned the tide in the Blackhawks' wild 7-5 series clincher over the Canucks.

2. Dave Steckel, Capitals: They overlooked his contributions at the rink, but we can't let them go unnoticed here. Full marks to Viktor Kozlov and Alexander Ovechkin, but it was Steckel's line that kept the Caps engaged early, it was Steckel who dominated in the circle and it was Steckel who earned the decisive draw and headed to the net, where he kept Washington's season alive by deflecting Brooks Laich's shot past Marc-Andre Fleury in overtime.

3. Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks: He didn't look too bad for a guy who's supposed to be nursing an injury...or for a guy who hadn't scored in nine. Toews broke his dry spell with a pair of goals, including a power play marker that he cleverly banked off Alexander Edler from behind the goal line that stood up as the game winner.

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