Sidney Crosby –
In four games against Ottawa, Crosby had six assists, eight points, and showed he was fully healed from the ankle injury that sabotaged the second half of his season. Crosby’s presence makes the Pens a sure Stanley Cup favorite.
Gary Roberts –
The Penguins’ most battle-tested veteran set the tone with a pair of goals in Game 1 against the Senators. Nothing will happen to the Pens in the playoffs that Roberts hasn’t seen before, which is an invaluable asset for a young team.
Marc-Andre Fleury –
The goalie silenced all doubters with a stellar first-round performance against the Senators. He seems to be building confidence as he goes along. The Pens no longer need to outscore teams to win games.
Jaromir Jagr --
It was the same old Jagr in the first round against New Jersey. He was affable with the media before games, yet a key playmaker during them. Jagr led the Rangers with six assists and eight points against the Devils, proving again that he is the main man.
Scott Gomez --
The two-time Stanley Cup champion proved against his old team why his new team wanted him so badly. Gomez is a smart, slick, instinctive center who possesses every intangible you need to win in the playoffs. He had three goals and four assists in Round 1.
Henrik Lundqvist --
Could this be the year that Lundqvist breaks out in the playoffs? Through one round, he’s looking pretty good. The Rangers third-year goalie was good in out-dueling Martin Brodeur
. He had a 2.35 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.