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By Allan Muir, SI.com

1. Sidney Crosby, Penguins: With Evgeni Malkin rendered ineffective by Philadelphia's physical assault, Crosby stepped up to lead the Pittsburgh offense. He may not be playing at 100 percent just yet, but he was still the most dangerous and creative player on the ice. Crosby opened the scoring when his attempted pass was deflected by a Flyers defender past Martin Biron and had another apparent goal waived off after a lengthy video review.

2. Sergei Gonchar, Penguins: The veteran was all over the score sheet, assisting on three of Pittsburgh's four goals, but it was with his strong positional play in his own zone that Gonchar really made his mark. He did an outstanding job keeping attacking Flyers on the outside, and limiting the quality and quantity of their chances.

3. Mike Richards, Flyers: It was another impressive two-way performance from Richards, who now has three of Philly's four goals in the series after he beat Marc-Andre Fleury high to the glove side on a shorthanded breakaway late in the second period.

Allan Muir is the senior editor of Beckett Hockey magazine and serves as the NHL's official scorer for Dallas Stars home games.

 

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