Be sure to check back each night, as we present a fresh batch of Game Changer efforts, and each morning, as we present the winners. And be sure to vote early and often, to let your voice be heard for the most important play, as chosen by the fans, of each night of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Carolina at New Jersey - Game 7
The Devils were moments away from advancing in front of a raucous crowd at the Prudential Center, but with 1:20 to go in regulation time, Carolina's Tim Gleason made a tremendous keep-in at the blueline, enabling Jussi Jokinen to take a feed from Joni Pitkanen and one-time a shot between the pads of Martin Brodeur to tie the game.
Jokinen's tally silenced the home fans and left the Devils themselves in a stunned daze. The Canes took advantage when Eric Staal scored with 31.7 seconds left for an almost equally as shocking series-winner. But Jokinen's goal -- and more importantly, Gleason's keep -- made it possible.
FINAL SCORE: Hurricanes 4, Devils 3
San Jose at Anaheim - Game 6
With the Sharks and Ducks all square at one apiece in Game 6 at the Honda Center, Anaheim took control of the contest about 13 minutes into the second period.
After a Torrey Mitchell penalty, the Ducks looked to the player that had been creating the most offensive opportunities all night long: Teemu Selanne. Selanne carried the puck along the right wing in San Jose's territory looking to make something happen. As he slipped down towards the goal line he threw the puck in front of the net, where it deflected off Sharks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff's stick and past Evgeni Nabokov with 6:57 remaining the second period.
Selanne's goal put the Ducks ahead of San Jose 2-1 and just 1:23 later the Ducks scored again, courtesy of Francois Beauchemin, putting the game and the series out of reach for the Sharks.
FINAL SCORE: Ducks 4, Sharks 1
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Washington at NY Rangers - Game 6
The Capitals jumped out to a 3-1 lead entering the second period in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden. But the Rangers found themselves with an opportunity to pull within one goal midway through the second.
Sean Avery fired a snap shot that was stopped by Simeon Varlamov, but he left a wide-open rebound for Nikolai Zherdev. Zherdev pulled the puck to his backhand and then flipped it just wide of the net. Seconds later the Caps were rushing down the ice. Viktor Kozlov crossed the Rangers' blue line with Marc Staal being the only player between him and "The King." Kozlov faked outside, cut hard inside past Staal and then wristed a quick shot over Henrik Lundqvist's shoulder and into the top of the net.
The Rangers had a great opportunity to get within one goal in Game 6, but Kozlov's marker gave Washington a 4-1 lead and they never looked back.
FINAL SCORE: Capitals 5, Rangers 3
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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
Author: NHL .com