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Ron Francis
Carolina Hurricanes
1 goals, 1 assist, plus-2, 4 shots, 20:27 ice time, 24 shifts
Ten years to the week after scoring the game-winning goal in his last game in the Stanley Cup finals, veteran Ron Francis proved he still has a nose for the net. Francis found himself all alone in the slot and buried the game-winner to give the Hurricanes the 1-0 series lead.
Ron Francis
Arturs Irbe
Carolina Hurricanes
23 saves, 10-4 record this postseason
Arturs Irbe gets a lot of help from a defense-first system, but he continued to turn heads in Game 1 by making several big saves in key situations. Irbe keeps outplaying more hyped goalies in each series and has thrust himself into contention for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Arturs Irbe
Jeff O'Neill
Carolina Hurricanes
1 goals, 1 assist, plus-2, 6 shots, 19:28 ice time, 23 shifts
Jeff O'Neill sure looks the part of a postseason hero with his raspy playoff beard and the remnants of a shiner, and he didn't disappoint in Game 1. O'Neill split the defense with his speed and tucked the puck under a flailing Dominik Hasek late in the second to tie the score at 2-2.
Jeff O'Neill
Photo Credits: Francis (AP), Irbe (AP), O'Neill (Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI)

 
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