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GAME CHANGER - April 23, 2009

Thursday, 04.23.2009 / 9:55 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 5

Facing elimination in Game 5, the Flyers held just a one-goal lead over the Penguins entering the third period.
 
At the 3:25 mark, a Penguins penalty had just expired and the Flyers still held the puck in the Pens' zone. As Pittsburgh tried to clear the puck, Darroll Powe intercepted the pass and sent it to Claude Giroux, who was wide open. The rookie right wing wristed a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury for his second goal of the series, securing more breathing room for Philly.
 
With Martin Biron stonewalling Crosby, Malkin and company, the Flyers scored one more goal in the third period to seal the win and force a Game 6 in Philadelphia.

FINAL SCORE: Penguins 3, Flyers 0






 


Detroit at Columbus - Game 4

With under two minutes remaining and the scored deadlocked at 5-5, Columbus was assessed a bench minor for having too many men on the ice. Jason Chimera argued the call fervently, but to no avail for the desperate Jackets, who had overcome a pair of two-goal deficits to get the game tied.
   
Less than 40 seconds into the man-advantage, Detroit’s Jiri Hudler received a pass in the left corner, skated along the goal line and tried to stuff the puck past goalie Steve Mason. Two Blue Jackets closed on Hudler, leaving Johan Franzen to flip the puck in with 46.6 seconds left. The Wings killed the remaining time to win the game, 6-5, and the series in a four-game sweep.

FINAL SCORE: Red Wings 6, Blue Jackets 5






 


Carolina at New Jersey - Game 5

As New Jersey nursed a 1-0 lead against a relentless Carolina attack, Eric Staal took a rebound off the boards with just under six minutes gone in the third period and put it on net. After Martin Brodeur made the sliding stop he threw his stick out across the crease as the rebound came out to Chad LaRose.

When LaRose attempted to pass the puck across the crease, Brodeur cleared the puck to the corner, preventing it from reaching Ray Whitney, who was waiting on the other side of the crease with a wide-open net. There were many more chances that would come for Carolina, but none better than this. The save preserved the Devils' tenuous lead, as they eventually held on for a pivotal Game 5 victory.

FINAL SCORE: Devils 1, Hurricanes 0






 


San Jose at Anaheim - Game 4

After the second period's 15-minute delay to clean up and replace broken glass, the Ducks seized the moment by continuing their attacking style that resulted in a sure shift in momentum in their favor.  
 
Having already kept the puck deep in the San Jose zone, Ryan Getzlaf bounced a pass off Joe Thornton's stick slowly back to Chris Pronger, who sent a pass behind the net for Corey Perry. An aggressive wraparound attempt by the right winger, and subsequent follow up on a rebound was turned aside nicely by Evgeni Nabokov. However, with four Sharks defenders paying attention to Perry, the rebound found its way in the slot to an unchecked Bobby Ryan, who rifled home his second goal to put the Ducks up 2-0 in front of a gleeful Honda Center crowd.

FINAL SCORE: Ducks 4, Sharks 0






 



 

Quote of the Day

I just think about how much it hurts. The feelings aren't going to go away, probably never. It's just something that sticks with you for a long time.

— San Jose forward Logan Couture to The Canadian Press on the Sharks' first-round loss to the Kings after taking a 3-0 series lead