1. Eric Brewer, Lightning -- In a former life, this guy was the fifth overall pick in the 1997 NHL draft. He's led something of a vagabond career since, with the Lightning being his fourth team. On Friday night, however, Brewer showed why he's kept an NHL job since, and what the scouts saw in him originally, with a fine one-goal, two-assist effort for Tampa Bay in a critical road win. Brewer snapped off a pretty wrist shot early in the game to let the Penguins know there wouldn't be any zeroes on the Lightning side of the scoreboard this time -- while adding two helpers later.
2. Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks -- His name had been relegated to the background in recent weeks from the play of Ducks teammates Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan. But in Game 2 against Nashville, Getzlaf reasserted himself as one of the premier forwards in the league, especially through the first two periods against the Predators in a must-win game. He had three points in the first 40 minutes to lead the Ducks back into the series.
3. Daniel Sedin, Canucks -- His third-period, game-winning goal against Chicago was reason enough for the league's leading scorer to get a Friday star. His weave over the blue line and wrist shot to the far post was the kind of goal few in the world could duplicate. It was just the kind of killer goal that great players get -- and Vancouver's Hart Trophy favorite has officially become a great player.
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