NHL Three Stars: Rookie Pageau tricks Habs; Couture’s 4-point night; Kunitz is OT hero for Pens (Puck Daddy)

No. 1 Star: Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Ottawa Senators The Senators rookie tallied his first NHL hat trick, regular season and playoffs, during Ottawa's 6-1 rout of the Montreal Canadiens to take a 2-1 lead in the series. To top it all off, he also lost a tooth : No. 2 Star: Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks Both Couture and Joe Pavelski netted pairs of goals at important times during San Jose's 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Pavelski scored his two in the first and second periods to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead. Alex Burrows would cut the lead to one for the Canucks entering the final period, but then Couture stepped up and put home two on the power play within the opening 4:07, a span which saw San Jose score three times and change the complexion of the game. He would also add a pair of assists for a 4-point night. San Jose has never swept an opponent in the playoffs in franchise history. No. 3 Star: Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins Kunitz's overtime winner helped the Penguins survive Game 3 against the New York Islanders and take a 2-1 series lead with a 5-4 victory. The goal was his second of the night, assisted by Sidney Crosby, who finished with three assists and drew the penalty in overtime that led to the winning goal.

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