1. Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers: To see Jagr's name again on a playoff marquee hearkens one back to the early 1990s, when the Czech wunderkind played a captivating Robin to Mario Lemieux's Batman during the Penguins' Stanley Cup years of '91 and '92. Fast forward to the present, as a somewhat slower but more intuitive Jagr steered the Rangers to an emotional 5-3 victory over the Devils, their Hudson River rivals. Jagr was at the forefront of nearly every scoring rally, tallying a goal and assist in New York's three-goal first period and then dishing a late assist to Brandon Dubinsky, whose empty-net goal clinched the Rangers' advancement into the second round.
2. Valtteri Flippula, Detroit: There's no doubting the accomplishments of Johan Franzen, who scored Detroit's game-winning goal just 1:48 into overtime and assisted the team's lone regulation goal. But thanks to Flippula, the Red Wings don't have to field questions about the looming scope of another early-round collapse to a lesser-light opponent -- at least for a few days. In overtime, just as Wings fans were settling back into their Joe Louis Arena seats, Flippula stealthily poke-checked the puck away from Preds forward Martin Erat and into the waiting hands of Niklas Kronwall, who then pinpointed a cross-ice pass to Franzen to set-up the winning goal. Prior to that seminal moment, Flippula scored a first-period goal on Nashville netminder Dan Ellis, who registered a Patrick Roy-like 52 saves on the night.
3. Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim: The Ducks' stars were out in full force on Friday night. Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Pronger and Sean O'Donnell each tallied two points in the 5-2 victory over Dallas. But as usual, Anaheim's collective playoff fate rested within the exploits of Giguere, who turned away 40 shots -- including 30 in the first two periods -- and keyed his team's first goal off a gritty poke-check, using only his glove.