Gonchar leads Friday's stars

Saturday May 1st, 2010

1. Sergei Gonchar: He is the best quarterback in Pittsburgh -- even if the NFL didn't suspend Ben Rothlesberger. Four-for-four on the power play and yes, the Penguins have plenty of options, but Gonchar makes the man-advantage sequences click with his decision making from the point.

2. Craig Adams: Credited with the game-winner on a nice feed from PascalDupuis, Adams epitomizes the importance of grit guys at playoff time. No goals during the regular season, he has two in seven playoff games and continued to do yeoman work on the PK and in the trenches.

3. Sidney Crosby: The antithesis of Adams, Crosby is a star willing to grind in the playoffs. That's how teams succeed. That's what sets Crosby apart -- his willingness to take it upon himself to make a play -- make a difference -- without trying to do it all himself. He had a couple of helpers, but his ability to keep the puck alive in the zone on the powerplay led directly to two tallies.

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