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By Jay Clemons, SI.com

1. Alex Ovechkin, Washington: After going scoreless for four games and 250-plus minutes, Ovechkin awoke from his slumber with two third-period goals -- the former clinching the Capitals' 4-2 road win in Philly; the latter serving as a warning shot to those who should scoff at him carrying Washington to its second-ever Game 7 playoff victory, and second series win after being down three games to one, on Tuesday night.

2. Carey Price, Montreal: The much-maligned goalie did not buckle under the weight of Game 7 pressure, stonewalling all 25 Bruins shots in the Habs' series-clinching 5-0 home win. The 20-year-old Price, who had allowed 10 goals in Games 5 and 6 (both losses), rebounded to post his second playoff shutout and once again remind some Blanc, Bleu et Rouge fans of the last time a young Canadiens netminder dominated his competition in the playoffs: Patrick Roy in the Cup-winning season of 1986. Next up for Price: A matchup with the Rangers or Flyers

3. Alexander Semin, Washington: Ovechkin, understandably, will grab the lion's share of headlines from the Caps' Game 6 win, but Semin, hardly a second-fiddle performer throughout the series, produced the game-tying goal late in the second period, deftly converting a rebound-save off Philly goalie Martin Biron into his third score of the playoffs. Roughly nine minutes earlier, he helped the Capitals get off the scoring schneid, assisting on Nicklas Backstrom's goal that cut the Flyers' once-comfortable lead in half.

 

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