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By Allan Muir, SI.com 

1. Petr Sykora, Penguins: Truth be told, Sykora was a dog for almost 110 minutes. Zero shots, just two failed attempts, and a lazy hooking penalty in the second overtime frame that left his team scrambling to stay alive for two minutes. But it's hard not to recognize the man who ends the fifth-longest game in finals history ... especially after he promised to score the winner. Sykora took a pass from Evgeni Malkin at the left faceoff dot and blasted a one-timer over Chris Osgood's shoulder to send the finals to Game 6.

2. Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins: The Pittsburgh netminder said before the game that he'd have to be perfect for his team to stay alive. Three goals-against might not sound flawless, but it was close enough to give the Pens an opportunity to win. He counted a number of sensational moments among his 55 stops, none more memorable than a scintillating pad save to rob Mikael Samuelsson in the third and keep his team within a goal.

3. Chris Osgood, Red Wings: He didn't face anywhere near as much rubber as Fleury, but there were several highlight candidates among his 28 saves, including a remarkable toe save on an early Sidney Crosby backhander.

 

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