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GAME CHANGER - April 19, 2009

Monday, 04.20.2009 / 2:04 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!





Pittsburgh at Philadelphia - Game 3

The Penguins had scored twice in the span of 25 seconds, tying the game and taking back the momentum early in the second period, but rather than just roll over the Flyers struck back.

Darroll Powe's shot off a rush was stopped by Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, but Danny Briere grabbed the juicy rebound and sent a cross-crease pass that Claude Giroux redirected into a wide-open net for his first postseason goal.

The score was the first of three straight by Philadelphia, and put the Flyers in front to stay.

FINAL SCORE: Flyers 6, Penguins 3









Vancouver at St. Louis - Game 3

The Canucks had scored two power-play goals during the second period to take the lead, but the Blues rallied to tie the game before the intermission.

Vancouver started the third period once again with the extra man as a result of B.J. Crombeen's roughing minor after time ran down in the second period. With 19 seconds remaining in the power play, right wing Steve Bernier chipped in a shot past Chris Mason to help propel his team to 3-0 lead in the series.

FINAL SCORE: Canucks 3, Blues 2









New Jersey at Carolina - Game 3

New Jersey had surrendered two leads, as Carolina came back to force overtime. But with just under five minutes in, Zach Parise skated around a pokecheck by Chad LaRose and centered a puck that landed on the tape of Travis Zajac's stick.

Zajac was stopped on a strong save by Cam Ward, but he deposited the rebound in the top shelf of the net, ending the second consecutive OT game between the Devils and Hurricanes. As the RBC Center fell silent, Zajac celebrated only his second career playoff goal, one that handed home ice advantage in the series back to New Jersey.

FINAL SCORE: Devils 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT)








Anaheim at San Jose - Game 2

Anaheim scored two goals in the third period to build a cushion against the Sharks, but a goal by San Jose's Jonathan Cheechoo displayed the Sharks' ability to score quickly. With the result of Game 2 still very much in doubt, San Jose pulled goalie Evgeni Nabokov for an extra skater and began a rush down the ice in the final minute.

But Ryan Getzlaf managed to get a hold of the puck with 25 seconds left as the Sharks were still in transition, and the Ducks' winger lofted the puck out of the zone, effectively ending any chance San Jose would have at mounting sustained pressure in its efforts to tie the game. Getzlaf's clear sealed the victory for the Ducks, who now take a 2-0 series lead back home to the Honda Center.

FINAL SCORE: Ducks 3, Sharks 2



Quote of the Day

We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp