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1. Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wings: If any voters were on the fence coming into this game as to who most deserved the Conn Smythe, Zetterberg made it easy for them with a brilliant two-way effort. He set up the opening tally with a nifty pass to Brian Rafalski, helped kill a 1:26 five-on-three chance less than three minutes later and authored the Cup-clinching goal early in the third, before helping the Wings lock down the championship.

2. Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings: This was a classic example of the kind of leadership Lidstrom provides as Detroit's captain. He played more than 28 minutes, primarily against Sidney Crosby's line, and was instrumental in limiting Pittsburgh's most dangerous weapon to just two harmless shots with their season on the line.

3. Kris Draper, Red Wings: You can't underestimate the impact of Draper's contributions from Detroit's ability to dictate the style of Game 6. The veteran center took 18 draws on the night and won 15 of them, including a pair of defensive-zone duels in the final minute that helped the Wings pull out the decisive win.

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