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Posted On Sunday, 04.24.2011 / 1:08 AM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 12 Hours of Hockey - Live Blog

Kings' win completes great day of hockey

Jonathan Quick knew he'd need to be better if the Los Angeles Kings were going to extend their season on Saturday night.

He wasn't just better -- he was terrific.

Despite the fact that his team allowed a franchise-record 52 shots in a Stanley Cup Playoff game, Quick made 51 saves to lead the Kings to a 3-1 win against the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal at HP Pavilion.

The victory allowed the Kings to stave off elimination, as they forced a Game 6 that will be played on Monday night at the Staples Center.

It also was the culmination of a phenomenal day of hockey, which also featured wins by Tampa Bay, Washington and Boston. We hope this long day of hockey was as enjoyable for you as it was for us.
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Posted On Saturday, 04.23.2011 / 11:45 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 12 Hours of Hockey - Live Blog

Here come the Sharks

Can the San Jose Sharks pull off another comeback?

Patrick Marleau has started the rally for the Sharks, as he redirected Niclas wallin's shot past Jonathan Quick to cut the deficit to 3-1 with just over 14 minutes to play in the second period.

San Jose, you'll recall, erased a 4-0 deficit in Los Angeles earlier this week en route to a 6-5 overtime win. The Kings need to win this game to stay alive.
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Posted On Saturday, 04.23.2011 / 11:08 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 12 Hours of Hockey - Live Blog

Bruins win in 2OT

Finally, the home team has won a game in the Boston-Montreal series.

Nathan Horton collected a rebound near the goal mouth and poked it past Carey Price in double overtime as the Boston Bruins won their third straight with a wild 2-1 victory against the Canadiens at TD Garden.

The Bruins can win the series with a victory at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night.
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Posted On Saturday, 04.23.2011 / 10:56 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 12 Hours of Hockey - Live Blog

Kings up the Antti

The Los Angeles Kings have ended Antti Niemi's night less than midway through the opening period.

Dustin Penner's first goal in 17 games gave the Kings a 3-0 lead with 11:18 left in the first, prompting Sharks coach Todd McLellan to replace Niemi with Antero Niittymaki.

Kyle Clifford scored at 7:14 of the first to make it 2-0.
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Posted On Saturday, 04.23.2011 / 10:48 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 12 Hours of Hockey - Live Blog

Kings on the board

The action is under way on the West Coast, and the Los Angeles Kings have scored that much-needed first goal.

Wayne Simmonds drew first blood for L.A. as he redirected Rob Scuderi's shot past Antti Niemi to give the Kings a 1-0 lead just 3:36 into Game 5 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series at San Jose.
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Posted On Saturday, 04.23.2011 / 10:35 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 12 Hours of Hockey - Live Blog

Double OT required

Twenty minutes of overtime hockey weren't enough to determine a winner in this epic battle between the Canadiens and Bruins at TD Garden.

Mike Cammalleri had the best chance for the Habs in the first overtime, but his shot from between the circles was blocked by the right skate of hulking defenseman Zdeno Chara. And, a despite a late penalty on Canadiens defenseman Brent Sopel, the Bruins were unable to cash in on the man advantage.

Boston outshot Montreal 12-9 in overtime.
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Posted On Saturday, 04.23.2011 / 9:46 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 12 Hours of Hockey - Live Blog

Free hockey!

One of the best rivalries on the planet is going to overtime.

While both teams had quality chances in the final minutes, the Canadiens and Bruins are headed for overtime at TD Garden. It marks the second straight contest that requires an extra session -- Michael Ryder evened the series in Montreal on Thursday night when he beat Carey Price in overtime.

Boston is outshooting the Habs 32-30 after regulation.
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Posted On Saturday, 04.23.2011 / 9:37 PM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Columnist /NHL.com - 12 Hours of Hockey - Live Blog

Desperation level grows

The Bruins have nursed their 1-0 lead past the midway point of the third period. Montreal has had a tough time generating consistent pressure – the Habs have just six shots on goal with 9 minutes left.
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Posted On Saturday, 04.23.2011 / 9:35 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 12 Hours of Hockey - Live Blog

It's all tied

Jeff Halpern may just be playing in his second game of this series for the Montreal Canadiens, but he just scored the club's biggest goal.

With his team trailing 1-0 in the third period, the Montreal Canadiens forward beat Tim Thomas from point-blank range to knot this game up.

Halpern, a former star at Princeton University, now has seven career postseason goals.
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Posted On Saturday, 04.23.2011 / 9:20 PM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Columnist /NHL.com - 12 Hours of Hockey - Live Blog

Bruins grab lead on "broken" play

When is a broken stick a good thing? How about when it winds up setting up the opening goal in a playoff game.

Boston's Patrice Bergeron snapped his stick like a piece of kindling as he tried to one-time a passout – but he wound up banking the misfire off the skate of Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban right to teammate Brad Marchand, who put it into a half-empty net at 4:33 for the game's first goal. Carey Price had no chance.

How big is the first goal? Consider that teams scoring first in the playoffs have won 31 of 37 games – although one of the six losses was Montreal's 5-4 OT loss in Game 4, a contest the Habs led 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3.
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Quote of the Day

[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday