But in the end it was Anderson who stole the show with a sensational performance in the 2-0 Game 5 win for the Senators. His 41 saves -- including a couple of stunners on Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky -- set a franchise record for the most ever in a playoff shutout and vaulted Ottawa to within one win of a significant upset.
"I just stayed in the moment, one shot at a time," Anderson told CBC after the game. "It was just a matter of making the next save for the guys."
But the 'Hawks dominated the extra session, outshooting the Coyotes 4-1 and playing with the desperation of a team that wasn't even close to being ready to hang up their skates for the summer.
With a faceoff to the left of Smith, Toews, who went 14-4 on the night, was the obvious choice to take the draw. He sent the puck to the boards, helped Viktor Stalberg win the battle, then wristed the game-winner over the right shoulder of Smith just 2:44 into OT.
New Jersey's Zach Parise called him "lucky," but Theodore was full value for the critical 3-0 Game 5 win over the Devils. His 30 saves included a pair of door-steppers on Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac in the first and sealed just the third playoff shutout in franchise history.
Theodore, who was pulled after a shaky start in Game 3, paid tribute to Martin Broduer after the win. "We both want to show pride," he said. "Growing up, Marty was a [role] model for me. Seeing him bounce back [in Game 4 after being pulled in Game 3] was inspiring. I wanted to do the same thing, and show that same pride."