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Shifts of the Night

Saturday, 04.17.2010 / 2:08 AM / 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals

By NHL.com Staff

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Shifts of the Night
NHL.com takes a look at the best shift of the night from the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 16.
Penguins 2, Senators 1

Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said he wanted the line of Jordan Staal, Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy to play more in the offensive end, and early in the third period, they did just that. The trio didn't score a goal, but they certainly put the Senators on their heels and nearly scored off a faceoff play when Staal beat Jason Spezza and got a deflection off Cooke that Anton Volchenkov had to dive to pull off the goal line.

Devils 5, Flyers 3

With the game tied and less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Devils forwards Zach Parise, Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus cycled deep behind the Flyers net in setting up the eventual game-winner. Elias fed Zubrus, who sprung out from behind the net and uncorked a wrist shot. Brian Boucher stopped that one, but Zubrus got to the rebound and whacked it -- barely getting his stick in front of Parise's -- into the top left corner for the go-ahead goal.

Predators 4, Blackhawks 1

Just 1:31 into the third period, former Blackhawk J.P. Dumont did exactly what Chicago wanted him to do. He flopped a lazy backhander at goalie Antti Niemi -- only to have the puck bounce into the net, tying the game 1-1 and sparking the Predators to the upset victory.

Red Wings 7, Coyotes 4

Any shift put in by the line of Valtteri Filppula, Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi would qualify. The trio combined for five of Detroit’s seven goals and dominated any group Phoenix tried to slow them down. The biggest shift came with 6:06 left in the game when Zetterberg banged home the rebound of a Bertuzzi shot to put the Red Wings ahead for good.

Sharks 6, Avalanche 5

Hoping to erase any momentum grabbed by the Sharks, the trio of Milan Hejduk, Matt Duchene and Brandon Yip did just that when they gave the Avalanche a 3-2 lead at 4:08 of the second period. The tally came just 25 seconds after Rob Blake had tied the game for San Jose. Hejduk notched his second goal of the night when he one-timed Duchene's nice feed past Evgeni Nabokov.

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He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.

— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers