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NHL Playoffs 2011: The 5 Best Players at Each Position Through Game Three

Cody PetersContributor INovember 2, 2016

NHL Playoffs 2011: The 5 Best Players at Each Position Through Game Three

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    The first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs have been tremendous through game three of each series.

    While no low seeded team has taken a three-game lead open their opponent, the higher seeded Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings have done so against the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes, respectively.

    In the other series,the Capitals, Flyers, Canadiens, Penguins and Predators all have game leads on their opponents.

    For some reason, the L.A. Kings against the San Jose Sharks are still tied at one game a piece heading into game three, even though the Canucks and Blackhawks are entering their fourth game today, as well.

    Unfortunately for their players, this list has been composed, because the Vancouver and Chicago players would also be at an advantage.

    Here are the top five players at each position, ranked by their individual stats. 

No. 5 Center: Jason Arnott, Washington Capitals

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    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15: Jason Arnott #44 of the Washington Capitals skates against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 15, 2011 in Washington, DC.
    Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

    Points: 3 

    Goals: 1

    Assists: 2

    +/- : 1

    TOI/g: 15:59

No. 4 Center: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

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    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 17: Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates a teammates' goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 17,
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Points: 4

    Goals: 0

    Assists: 4

    +/- : 3

    TOI/g: 17:54

No. 3 Center: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 13:  Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks looks on against the Nashville Predators in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 13, 2011 in Anaheim, California.
    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    Points: 4 

    Goals: 1

    Assists: 3

    +/- : -1

    TOI/g: 21:53

No. 2 Center: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings

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    BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 26: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Buffalo Sabres  at HSBC Arena on February 26, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. Detroit won 3-2 in a shootout.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    Points: 5

    Goals: 2

    Assists: 3

    +/- : 5

    TOI/g: 20:15

No. 1 Center: Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 15:  Mike Fisher #12 of the Nashville Predators is pursued by Teemu Selanne # 8 of the Anaheim Ducks for the puck in the first period of Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda
    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    Points: 5 

    Goals: 3

    Assists: 2

    +/- : 2 

    TOI/g: 18:25

No. 5 Left Winger: Tomas Holmstrom, Detroit Red Wings

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    DETROIT,MI- APRIL 13:  Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings attempts a wrap around on Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Phoenix Coyotes while Adrian Aucoin #33 of the Phoenix Coyotes defends in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2
    Dave Sandford/Getty Images

    Points: 3 

    Goals: 1

    Assists: 2

    +/- : 3

    TOI/g: 13:01 

No. 4 Left Winger: Simon Gagne: Tampa Bay Lightning

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    BOSTON, MA - MARCH 03:  Simon Gagne #12 of the Tampa Bay Lightning looks to pass in the second period against the Boston Bruins on March 3, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
    Elsa/Getty Images

    Points: 3 

    Goals: 1

    Assists: 2

    +/- : 0

    TOI/g: 15:45

No. 3 Left Winger: Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens

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    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14:  Mike Cammalleri #13 of the Montreal Canadiens heads up the ice in the second period against the Boston Bruins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 14, 20
    Elsa/Getty Images

    Points: 4 

    Goals: 1

    Assists: 3

    +/- : 0

    TOI/g: 20:17

No. 2 Left Winger: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after he scored a second period goal against the New York Rangers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Sq
    Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

    Points: 4

    Goals: 2

    Assists: 2

    +/- : 0

    TOI/g: 22:03

No. 1 Left Winger: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - MARCH 31: Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks tries to fight off the check of Trevor Lewis #22 of the Los Angeles Kings during the second period in NHL action on March 31, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  (Photo by
    Rich Lam/Getty Images

    Points: 5 

    Goals: 3

    Assists: 2

    +/- : 4

    TOI/g: 17:40

No. 5 Right Winger: Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes

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    DETROIT, MI- APRIL 13:  Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates against the Detroit Red Wings in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 13, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.(Phot
    Dave Sandford/Getty Images

    Points: 4 

    Goals: 2

    Assists: 2

    +/- : -2

    TOI/g: 21:24

No. 4 Right Winger: Radim Vrbata, Phoenix Coyotes

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    DETROIT, MI- APRIL 13: Radim Vrbata #17 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates against the Detroit Red Wings in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 13, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.(Pho
    Dave Sandford/Getty Images

    Points: 4 

    Goals: 2

    Assists: 2

    +/- : -2

    TOI/g: 19:55

No. 3 Right Winger: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Martin St. Louis #26 of the Tampa Bay Lightning handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 13,
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    Points: 4 

    Goals: 3

    Assists: 1

    +/- : -3

    TOI/g: 20:25

No. 2 Right Winger: Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 13:  Teemu Selanne #8 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the Nashville Predators in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 13, 2011 in Anaheim, California. Th
    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    Points: 4 

    Goals: 4

    Assists: 0

    +/- : 1

    TOI/g: 19:28

No. 1 Right Winger: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 13:  Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the Nashville Predators in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 13, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The
    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    Points: 5 

    Goals: 1

    Assists: 4

    +/- : -2

    TOI/g: 23:20

No. 5 Defenseman: Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 13:  Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Anaheim Ducks in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 13, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The P
    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    Points: 3 

    Goals: 2

    Assists: 1

    +/- : 2

    TOI/g: 25:01 

No. 4 Defenseman: Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes

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    DETROIT, MI- APRIL 13:  Keith Yandle #3 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates against the Detroit Red Wings in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 13, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.(Pho
    Dave Sandford/Getty Images

    Points: 4 

    Goals: 0

    Assists: 4

    +/- : -3

    TOI/g: 26:11

No. 3 Defenseman: Marc-Andre Gragnani, Buffalo Sabres

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    UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 23:  Marc-Andre Gragnani #17 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on January 23, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Sabres won 5-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Points: 4 

    Goals: 0

    Assists: 4

    +/- : 1

    TOI/g: 20:15

No. 2 Defenseman: Eric Brewer, Tampa Bay Lightning

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 15:  Eric Brewer#2 of the Tampa Bay Lightning controls the puck during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the  Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 15, 2
    Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

    Points: 4 

    Goals: 1

    Assists: 3

    +/- : -1

    TOI/g: 24:20

No. 1 Defensemen: Drew Doughty, L.A. Kings

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 8:  Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings skates with the puck against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on April 8, 2011 in Anaheim, California.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    Points: 4

    Goals: 2

    Assists: 2 

    +/- : 2

    TOI/g: 27:29

No. 5 Goalie: Brian Boucher, Philadelphia Flyers

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    BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 18: Braydon Coburn #5 and Brian Boucher of the Philadelphia Flyers defend against Paul Gaustad #28  of the Buffalo Sabres  in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HSBC Arena at
    Rick Stewart/Getty Images

    W-L: 2-0

    Save Percentage: .948

    GAA: 1.68

    Shutouts: 0 

No. 4 Goalie: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

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    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 16:  Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens clears the puck against the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 16, 2011 in Boston, Massachusett
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    W-L: 2-1 

    Save Percentage: .956

    GAA: 1.34

    Shutouts: 1

No. 3 Goalie: Michal Neuvirth, Washington Capitals

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    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15:  Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals makes the save against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 15, 2011 in Wash
    Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

    W-L: 2-1 

    Save Percentage: .951

    GAA: 1.22

    Shutouts: 1

No. 2 Goalie: Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings

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    DETROIT, MI- APRIL 13:  Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings keeps an eye on play against the Phoenix Coyotes in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 13, 2011 in Detroit
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    W-L: 3-0 

    Save Percentage: .923

    GAA: 2.33

    Shutouts: 0

No. 1 Goalie: Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

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    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 17: Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 17, 2011 in Chicago
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    W-L: 3-0  

    Save Percentage: .944 

    GAA: 1.67

    Shutouts: 1

Top Performers Through Game 2: No. 2 San Jose Sharks

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    PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 08:  Joe Thornton #19, Niclas Wallin #7 and Jason Demers #60 of the San Jose Sharks celebrate Ryan Clowe (not shown) first period goal against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 8, 2010 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, P
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    Center: Logan Couture - 1 pt - 1G, 0A, +/- : 1, TOI/g: 19:01

    Left Wing: Ryan Clowe - 3 pts - 0G, 3A, +/- : 2, TOI/g: 19:41

    Right Wing: Dany Heatley - 1 pt - 1G, 0A, +/- : 1, TOI/g: 18:57

    Defenseman: Douglas Murray - 1 pt - 0G, 1A, +/- : 1, TOI/g: 22:58

    Goalie: Antti Niemi - W-L: 1-1, Sv%: .897, GAA: 2.69, SO: 0

Top Performers Through Game 2: No. 7 L.A. Kings

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    SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 16: Kyle Clifford #13 of the Los Angeles Kings races for the puck in front of Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals  during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the HP Pavilion on
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    Other than Drew Doughty (No. 1 Defenseman):

     

    Center: Michael Handzus - 1 pt - 0G, 1A - +/- : -2, TOI/g: 21:47

    Left Wing: Kyle Clifford - 2 pts - 1G, 1A - +/- : 1, TOI/g: 13:25

    Right Wing: Justin Williams - 2 pts - 1G, 1A - +/- : 2, TOI/g: 19:08

    Goalie: Jonathan Quick - W-L: 1-1, Sv%: .962, GAA: 1.33, SO: 1

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