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Saturday’s Three Stars: Kreider powers Rangers; Quick comes up big again

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No. 1 Star: Chris Kreider, New York Rangers

The rookie forward wore the Rangers' Broadway Hat after the game for his big performance during their 3-1 Game 1 victory over the Washington Capitals. Six games into his NHL career and just weeks removed from winning a national championship with Boston College, Kreider broke a 1-1 deadlock seven minutes into the third period for his second game-winning goal this week:

No. 2 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

Quick was his spectacular self yet again making 28 stops as the Kings took Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues 3-1. As he's done many times already, Quick frustrated the Blues all night long denying them time and time again:

No. 3 Star: Matt Greene, Los Angeles Kings

In his 497 career regular season and playoff games, Greene had never scored a goal in the postseason or a shorthanded goal in either the regular or postseason. On one play he ticked both of those feats off of his checklist beating Brian Elliott just 10 seconds after a Kings penalty to give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead:

Honorable mention: Washington and New York blocked a combined 28 shots ... Dustin Penner scored the empty-net insurance tally and added an assist for Los Angeles ... The Kings have won all four of their road games this postseason ... Philadelphia and Los Angeles lead all playoff teams with three shorthanded goals.

Conn Smythe Watch: 1. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers; 2. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings; 3. Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes; 4. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers; 5. Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators; 6. Andy McDonald, St. Louis Blues; 7. Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals; 8. Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers; 9. Mikkel Boedker, Phoenix Coyotes; 10. Alex Radulov, Nashville Predators.

Dishonorable mention: Braden Holtby allowed all three Rangers goals on just 14 shots ... Alex Ovechkin heard his name chanted at the 8-minute marks at Madison Square Garden ... A T.J. Oshie double minor for high sticking and Kevin Shattenkirk delay of game penalty put St. Louis on the penalty kill for six straight minutes in the third period ... Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was boarded from behind by Dwight King late in the second period and did not return to the game.

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