Flyers 3, Devils 0
With Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner
in the box for tripping, the Flyers took advantage to open the scoring for the first time in four games. Mike Richards
skated the puck into the Devils' zone along the left wing boards and dished to Claude Giroux
in the circle. Giroux kept his balance while doing a 360 before connecting with Danny Briere
racing down the opposite wing for a deft tip past Martin Brodeur
's left skate and the right post. The goal came at 3:16 of the first period, with just 13 seconds remaining on the Devils penalty, and took the Prudential Center crowd out of the game.
Sharks 5, Avalanche 0
The goal itself didn't mean much, but when San Jose's Patrick Marleau
scored a power-play goal with 6:36 remaining to complete the Sharks' 5-0 win, Marleau might have breathed a huge sigh of relief. It was the first goal of the series for the Sharks' Big Three, the others being Joe Thornton
and Dany Heatley
. Marleau drove to the net to shovel the rebound of Heatley's shot behind Avalanche backup goalie Peter Budaj
Blackhawks 3, Predators 0
It lasted only 10 seconds but it resulted in the game-winning goal. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville
had talked about the need to put more shots on goal, create more traffic and go to the hard areas of the ice, and Sharp, an alternate captain and 25-goal scorer during the regular season, did just that. After Patrick Kane
had two shots on net, Kane was there in the blue paint on the power play to tap in the goal.
Penguins 4, Senators 3
wasn't about to let his Ottawa Senators
go down without a fight -- and he didn't. As the clock ticked under the 13-minute mark in the third overtime, Alfredsson drove down the left side into the Pittsburgh zone, pulled up and saw defenseman Matt Carkner
coming late down the middle. He slid a pass to the young defenseman, whose slap shot hit Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke
and deflected past Marc-Andre Fleury
for the game-winner to send the series back to Ottawa.