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GAME CHANGER - April 27, 2009

Tuesday, 04.28.2009 / 2:06 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.

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Chicago at Calgary - Game 6

Despite having a two-goal lead at the beginning of second period, the Flames had outshot the Hawks 16-7 during the first 20 minutes and were continuing to bombard the Calgary net through the second period.

Chicago took advantage of the Flames' bench penalty for too many men on the ice and defenseman Brian Campbell fired a shot past Miikka Kiprusoff from the right circle. The defenseman had not scored since Jan. 8.

This third goal of the game would prove to be too much for the Calgary squad to overcome and the Hawks secured the victory and their first playoff series win since 1996.

FINAL SCORE: Blackhawks 4, Flames 1








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









Quote of the Day

You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense