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GAME CHANGER - April 28, 2009

Tuesday, 04.28.2009 / 8:46 PM / The National Hockey League
 
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!




NY Rangers at Washington - Game 7

The Rangers and Caps were was tied at a goal a piece going into the third period, with the Rangers employing a strong command of the puck and the game through 40 minutes.

But with five minutes remaining in third period, Matt Bradley got off a nice backhand pass from deep in the Caps zone to Sergei Fedorov, who sped up the right wing towards the Rangers end. Fedorov got a step on Wade Redden and used the New York defensman as a screen as he wristed a shot past Henrik Lundqvist that would seal the Game 7 win and Washington’s first playoff series victory since 1998.

FINAL SCORE: Capitals 2, Rangers 1








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









Quote of the Day

I feel that responsibility, I've felt it for the last two years. We core guys get a lot of minutes, we get a lot of opportunity out there. Our teammates, the organization and fans look to us to be the guys to put the puck in the net and to create momentum out there.

— Jordan Eberle on taking his game and the Edmonton Oilers to the next level