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GAME CHANGER - April 18, 2009

Saturday, 04.18.2009 / 1:34 AM / 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.

Check back every night following all the 2009 playoff action to witness NHL.com's game-changing moment from each game, as well as the rest of each game's goals, saves and hits.

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Thanks to all who voted -- and enjoy the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs!




NY Rangers at Washington - Game 2

Looking to grab a commanding 2-0 series lead, the Rangers continued to rely heavily on Henrik Lundqvist in Game 2. But with just over six minutes left in regulation and the Rangers leading the Capitals 1-0, the "King" got a little help from the iron.

Marc Staal came out from behind the Rangers net looking to chip the puck out of the defensive zone, but Nicklas Backstrom's pressure forced a turnover that eventually saw the puck land on the stick of Alex Ovechkin, who was alone in the slot. Ovechkin immediately snapped a shot that rang off the crossbar and out of play.

A completely stunned Ovechkin skated off the ice -- and Lundqvist and the Rangers finished off a 1-0 victory.

FINAL SCORE: Rangers 1, Capitals 0




 



Columbus at Detroit - Game 2

After the first period, the Red Wings held a slim 1-0 lead on the Blue Jackets, courtesy of a Brian Rafalski shot accidentally deflected in by the stick of Columbus’ Fedor Tyutin.

However, seven minutes into the second frame the Wings' League-leading power play would tip the game heavily in Detroit’s favor. Marian Hossa threaded a pass through three Blue Jackets into the slot for Pavel Datsyuk, who whistled a shot past Steve Mason. It gave Detroit a two-goal cushion and put Columbus on its heels for rest of the game, and possibly the series.

FINAL SCORE: Red Wings 4, Blue Jackets 0









Montreal at Boston- Game 2

Boston's lead was down to 2-1 following an Alex Kovalev shot that got past Tim Thomas in the first minute of the second period.

But not long afterward, the Bruins came into the Montreal zone on a 3-on-2 break. As the Montreal defense backed up, Shane Hnidy's wrister sailed past Carey Price. The veteran defenseman was a late addition to the lineup -- he took the place of Matt Hunwick, who had his spleen removed earlier in the day. Hnidy's goal put the Bruins back in charge and they went on to a 5-1 victory and a two-game lead in their series with Montreal.

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 5, Canadiens 1










Calgary at Chicago - Game 2

The Blackhawks were looking for a spark after leaving the ice down 2-0 after one period. Captain Jonathan Toews responded.

Just 46 seconds into the second period, Patrick Sharp faked a slap shot from the sideboards and slid a perfect pass to Toews, who lifted the puck past Miikka Kiprusoff for a power-play goal that made it 2-1. Toews' first career playoff season goal gave the Blackhawks life. It was a huge momentum shift that got the raucous United Center crowd back into the game and sparked Chicago to a come-from-behind 3-2 win.

FINAL SCORE: Blackhawks 3, Flames 2







Quote of the Day

I came into a team that had 65 points, that was at the bottom of the basement, a team that everybody wrote off as never going to be good. My goal is to go from the very bottom to the very top.

— Forward Brandon Dubinsky on signing a six-year contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets