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Shifts of the Night

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Shifts of the Night
Shifts of the Night, Apr. 17, 2010
Bruins 3, Sabres 3

Shift of the game: Skating hard all game, rookie Tyler Ennis, the Sabres' first-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft, pressured Boston's Milan Lucic into a second-period mistake behind the Bruins net. Lucic fanned on a hard-around and Ennis raced to the puck, making a short pass on Rask's right side to Jason Pominville, who fired it past Rask on the left side for the go-ahead goal that gave Buffalo a 3-2 lead at 16:41. It was an important goal because the Sabres had surrendered a 2-0 first-period lead.

Capitals 6, Canadiens 5

Capitals' rookie defenseman John Carlson used the phenomenal wrist shot he put on display in overtime of the gold-medal game at this year's World Juniors to beat Jaroslav Halak to the glove side with 1:21 left in regulation to force overtime. Carlson fielded a nice drop pass from Nicklas Backstrom and from the top of the left circle ripped a wrist shot into the top corner to tie the game at 5-5. Carlson scored the OT winner for Team USA at the World Juniors on a similar wrist shot from about 10 feet closer on Jan. 5.

Kings 3, Canucks 2 (OT)

Canucks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff had an outstanding 15-second stint early in the second period while killing off a Pavol Demitra holding penalty. Left alone in front against two Kings, Ehrhoff went to a knee to block a cross-crease pass that surely would've resulted in a slam-dunk goal. Later, Roberto Luongo made a pad save and left a rebound nearby. But Ehrhoff flattened Ryan Smyth and slid down to block the shot of Michal Handzus. The Canucks killed the rest of the penalty and maintained their 2-0 lead.
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You can be hyped all you want, but his game will speak for itself. He's obviously going to be a great player so we've got to make sure we keep an eye on him. Whether it's his first game or his 1,000th game, our job is to take care of business, shut him down.

— Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on facing ballyhooed Oilers rookie Connor McDavid, who is making NHL debut in St. Louis
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