By Scott Wraight, SI.com
1. Johan Franzen, Red Wings
The 28-year-old pivot had two goals and an assist to help the Red Wings earn a tough Game 1 win over the Avalanche. His blast in the second period (fourth goal of the playoffs) ended up being the game-winner. Franzen, not known as a scoring machine, had just three two-goal games during the regular season.
2. Martin Biron, Flyers
The veteran netminder had a better game than the line score shows. Biron had 30 saves and should've been in line for a regulation win, but Alex Kovalev's questionable short-handed goal in the second period tied the game at 2-2 and seemed to give the Habs some extra energy.
3. Alex Kovalev, Canadiens
Even if you don't count his SH score, Kovalev still delivered -- notching a game-tying goal with just 0:28 left. Of course, this shouldn't come as a huge surprise considering that Kovy secured 17 PP goals and five game-winners during the regular season. The guy comes to the forefront when needed most.
Honorable mention: Smyth (Avs), Budaj (Avs), A. Kostitsyn (Habs), Downie (Flyers), Kostopoulos (Habs)