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Shifts of the Night, Apr. 20, 2010

Wednesday, 04.21.2010 / 2:43 AM / 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals

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Shifts of the Night, Apr. 20, 2010
Penguins 7, Senators 4

The Penguins got a break during an Ottawa man-advantage when play was stopped to fix a broken glass support with the Senators in possession in the offensive end. When play started, Maxime Talbot jumped on for Sidney Crosby and skated with Craig Adams for a 2-on-1 break. Adams made a pretty backhand pass to Talbot, and he tipped it past Pascal Leclaire for a shorthanded goal that made it 5-2 at 12:38 of the second and took a lot of the life out of the Senators.


Red Wings 3, Coyotes 0

The Red Wings' penalty-killing units preserved a 1-0 lead in the third period. Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg & Co. denied the Coyotes during a 17-second two-man advantage. The Red Wings then killed off the remainder of Andreas Lilja's hooking penalty while denying Phoenix of any Grade-A chances.


Flyers 4, Devils 1

If it wasn't the save of these Stanley Cup Playoffs, it most certainly was the finest stop of this best-of-seven series. It occurred at the 4:29 of the second period. Following a turnover at the Devils blue line, Daniel Carcillo controlled the puck at the left point and fed Mike Richards in the slot. With his back to the net and Brodeur sliding to the ice on his side, Richards alertly one-touched a pass to Simon Gagne skating down the slot. Gagne, in search of his first goal of these playoffs, ripped a snap shot from 19 feet that Brodeur somehow snared with his left glove, sending the 19,709 in attendance into a state of disbelief.


Predators 4, Blackhawks 1

Francis Bouillon, the NHL's shortest defenseman at 5-foot-8, got the crowd into the game and helped to set a physical tone with two huge hits on one shift late in the first period. He knocked 6-fioot-1 Colin Fraser several feet off his feet with one of them, leading to a scrum near the Blackhawks bench that ended with Chicago's Tomas Kopecky taking an elbowing penalty in retaliation.


Sharks 2, Avalanche 1 (OT)

The Avalanche had a great chance to win just before the five-minute mark in overtime and grab a commanding 3-1 series lead when Chris Stewart had the puck and faked to shoot, hoping to make Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov commit to him. Instead, Stewart dropped it for Ryan O'Reilly, who fired a hard shot from the left circle that Nabokov stopped. Less than five minutes later, Joe Pavelski scored the winner for San Jose to even the series.





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