Osgood tops Tuesday's Three Stars

Wednesday May 20th, 2009

1. Chris Osgood. Again, Osgood understood the stakes and his team's propensity to ease into full-game rhythm. He didn't have that luxury, stopping 18 of 19 first-period Blackhawk bids. He ended up with 37 saves in all and in so doing, came as close to "winning a game" for his team as a goaltender can while playing for the dominant defending Stanley Cup champs.

2. Mikael Samuelsson. A game-winning goal in overtime is enough to garner a player star status, but in this case, Samuelsson finished a beautiful 3-on-1 play that began with his strong defensive play in his own zone against Brian Campbell. That high pressure on the Red Wings' defensemen has led directly to three goals in this series and numerous other odd man breaks against the Blackhawks.

3. Jonathan Toews. The Blackhawks' captain scored both of his team's goals -- one on the power play and another at even strength to tie the game in the third. Both were the result of Toews being more of a factor down low in the offensive zone. His game-tying goal was a deft deflection and Toews at his determined best, getting body position in traffic in front of Osgood and then getting his stick on the point shot.

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