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By Brian Cazeneuve, SI.com

1. Evgeni Malkin, Penguins: The Pittsburgh vice-superstar scored twice, including a defining breakaway slap shot that put the exclamation point on the Penguins' victory. He also checked, hit and gave a lengthy facewash to bruising Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher during a late-game scrum.

2. Marian Hossa, Penguins: The Pittsburgh forward, unheralded in the company of sniper teammates Malkin and Sidney Crosby, made one super defensive play after another. When coach Michel Therrien put out the word after the first period that the Penguin forwards needed to do a better job blocking the passing lanes in front of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, Hossa put up a fishnet in front of the slot.

3. Mike Richards, Flyers: The Flyers forward scored both of his team's goals in the first period and created what few chances Philly surmounted late in the game once the Penguins started to assume territorial control.

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