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GAME CHANGER - April 25, 2009

Saturday, 04.25.2009 / 6:43 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.

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.

You can vote on the night's best Game Changer.  Cast your votes after the night's action.

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




Pittsburgh at Philadelphia - Game 6

Down 3-0 early in the second period, Maxime Talbot did something he only did once during the regular season -- he dropped the gloves. Talbot took on notorious scrapper Daniel Carcillo in an effort to motivate the listless Penguins.

It worked. Just 14 seconds after the fight, Ruslan Fedotenko tallied, and Mark Eaton scored 1:57 later, as the defending Eastern Conference champs rallied behind Talbot's momentum-changing fisticuffs with five unanswered goals to knock Philadelphia out of the playoffs with a 5-3 victory. After the game, Sidney Crosby cited the bout following the game as pivotal to the Pens' turnaround. "It seems like it's what got us going," Sergei Gonchar added.

FINAL SCORE: Penguins 5, Flyers 3







 


Calgary at Chicago - Game 5

Chicago had pressed for most of the first period without lighting the lamp, but after Brent Seabrook's power-play goal finally put the Blackhawks on the board and Patrick Sharp made it a two-goal game 90 seconds later, Kris Versteeg put the game away for good. Versteeg beat Miikka Kiprusoff for the Hawks' third score in less than two minutes.

The goal polished off a blitz that left Calgary dazed for the rest of the game. While there were still 49 minutes remaining to be played, Versteeg had made the rest of the night a mere formality, as the Hawks took a pivotal Game 5 and put the Flames on the brink of elimination.

FINAL SCORE: Blackhawks 5, Flames 1









Anaheim at San Jose - Game 5

After failing to hold onto a 2-0 lead, the Sharks and Ducks went into overtime with San Jose facing elimination in Game 5. But the Sharks' captain came through to save the day.

The Sharks came out flying in overtime and 6:02 into the extra frame, Marleau gave San Jose life in this series. From behind the net Joe Thornton threw the puck toward Jonas Hiller. Marleau, parked in front of the net, banged away at the loose puck and eventually Hiller knocked it across the goal line.

Marleau was credited with his 37th career playoff goal and the Sharks forced a Game 6 with a 3-2 victory at the Shark Tank.

FINAL SCORE: Sharks 3, Ducks 2 (OT)









Quote of the Day

I kept refreshing the page on the NHL website after the second round and I was shocked he lasted that long. I'm sure the Coyotes were pretty happy to get him. He's such a good player and he plays big in big games.

— Arizona Coyotes forward Henrik Samuelsson on prospect Edgars Kulda being draftedd