Versteeg No. 1 on Three Stars list

Tuesday May 4th, 2010

1. Kris Versteeg, Blackhawks. He played less than 14 minutes, but Versteeg was the most persistent, and effective, offensive force on the night for the Hawks. The winger set up Brent Seabrook on Chicago's opening goal, demanded the attention of Alexander Edler on a two-on-one, freeing Patrick Sharp for an uncontested lay-up on the second, then gave the Hawks their first lead of the game with just 90 seconds to go. The winner came as the result of his ability to find a hole in Vancouver's coverage and a nasty wrister that beat a sprawling Roberto Luongo up high.

2. Brent Seabrook, Blackhawks. A goal and two assists gave him a season-high three points on the night and that alone would earn Seabrook his post-game twirl. But he might have been even better in his own end, delivering a game-high eight hits and making life relatively easy for Antti Niemi with his crease-clearing presence. Canucks fans can only dream of a big, effective body like this on their back end.

3. Milan Lucic, Bruins. No denying that the Bruins, desperate for secondary scoring, were hoping for more than one goal out of the highly compensated Lucic by this point. But if it could only be one, at least it came at the right time. Lucic snapped a 2-2 deadlock with less than three minutes to play on Monday, propelling Boston to a 2-0 series lead over the Flyers. Exhorted to keep his feet moving by coach Claude Julien, Lucic did just that, applying pressure on the forecheck then jumping into the slot where his turnaround slapper beat Brian Boucher's low blocker to seal the 3-2 win.

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