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GAME CHANGER - April 17, 2009

Friday, 04.17.2009 / 8:30 PM / 2009 Playoffs Conference Quarterfinals
 
The plays that turn the tide in every game of playoff action -- that is what the beauty of hockey history is built on.

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Philadelphia at Pittsburgh - Game 2

With the Penguins feeling the pressure of the series being knotted up at 1-1, Marc-Andre Fleury came through to give the Penguins hope. 

As the Penguins trailed 2-1 with under nine minutes to go in the third period, the Flyers' Jeff Carter skated in a two-on-one with Joffrey Lupul on his right wing. Carter threaded the puck to Lupul, who quickly gave it back to Carter, who was staring at an empty net. Out of nowhere, Marc-Andre Fleury slid across the goal line for a huge skate-blade save to prevent a two-goal deficit. The Pens tied the score on the power play minutes later and eventually won the game in OT. But without this Fleury gem, Philly may likely have held on to knot the series at 1-1. 

FINAL SCORE: Penguins 3, Flyers 2 (OT)









Carolina at New Jersey - Game 2

Outplayed in the first period, the Hurricanes still entered intermission tied at 1-1 because of a late power-play goal by Eric Staal.  
   
Ray Whitney collected a pass from Sergei Samsonov and fired a shot at the net, missing left. The puck bounced off the end boards for a ricochet back out front, catching Marty Brodeur out of position and giving Staal an open net to score into with just 25 seconds left. For the first time in the series, Carolina ended a period not trailing on the scoreboard.

FINAL SCORE: Hurricanes 2, Devils 1 (OT)









St. Louis at Vancouver - Game 2

Roberto Luongo robbed T.J. Oshie of a power-play game-tying goal at 11:14 of the third period, turning the tide of the game after St. Louis had been pressing for the equalizer.
 
Less than two minutes later, Canucks forward Alex Burrows scored to extend the Canuck lead to 2-0, and the game was all Vancouver from that point on.

FINAL SCORE: Canucks 3, Blues 0







 



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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

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