By Jay Clemons, SI.com
1. Marian Hossa, Penguins: It's funny how a player's reputation can change in an instant. Prior to Game 5, Hossa had been labeled as an enigmatic forward whose all-world talents were normally reserved for meaningless nights in November and December -- and not the pressure-packed months of April and May. But on Sunday, the Czech native tallied a pair of bookend goals in the Pens' series-clinching 3-2 OT win over the Rangers, the latter which punched Pittsburgh's ticket into the Eastern finals, aka The Keystone Cup.
In the second period, Hossa broke a scoreless tie with a beautiful shot past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist at 8:45. Hossa would require some serendipity in overtime, though. After Pascal Dupuis attempted a give-and-go pass to Sidney Crosby down the left side, the puck inadvertently bounced off Rangers blueliner Dan Girardi and right to the ever-present stick of Hossa, who cleanly beat Lundqvist again for the winning goal.
2. Marty Turco, Stars: This honor for No. 2 could have easily gone to Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who stopped 53 Dallas shots in the gut-wrenching loss on Sunday night, or Stars forward Brenden Morrow, whose goal at the 129th minute ended the eighth-longest game in NHL history ... But to the victor goes the spoils, or in this case, the guy who recorded 61 saves (including a flurry in the first overtime) and led the Stars to their first Western finals since 2000.
3. Sidney Crosby, Penguins: The reigning Hart Trophy winner had a relatively quiet night (three shots) but still played a major role in the Penguins' movement into the East finals, assisting on both Marian Hossa goals -- including the game-winner in overtime. It should come as no surprise that Crosby, the driving force behind Pittsburgh's sublime offensive attack (31 goals in nine games), now has 14 playoff points and an NHL-best 12 assists in the postseason.