Shifts of the Night

Saturday, 04.24.2010 / 12:00 AM / 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals

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Shifts of the Night
Shifts of the Night, Apr. 23, 2010
Sabres 4, Bruins 1

Tyler Ennis has been one of, if not the, hardest workers on the Sabres in the series and his efforts were rewarded late in the first period when he took the puck away from Boston's Vladimir Sobotka just inside the Bruins' blue line. Derek Roy picked up the loose puck and threaded a pass to Jason Pominville, who fought off a checker and tucked the puck inside Tuukka Rask's left post to send the Sabres to the dressing room with a 2-0 lead.

Canadiens 2, Capitals 1

Montreal's newly formed Cup line of Brian Gionta, Travis Moen and Scott Gomez -- all former Stanley Cup winners -- put on a great, down-low cycle to cash in on the winning goal. Gionta wound up drawing a second defender to him when he was behind the net with the puck and Moen found open space in the slot. He got the pass, switched to his backhand and flipped the puck inside the left post.

Canucks 7, Kings 2

While killing a 5-on-3 power play for the Kings, Alex Burrows showed just how overrated a stick can be. The Canucks' forward blocked a Jack Johnson shot from the point that broke his stick. Still, Burrows clogged the shooting lane up top, and when the puck found him near the blue line, he went to his belly and gloved it out of the zone. The Canucks killed the 5-on-3 and subsequent 5-on-4 and maintained their 4-1 lead late in the second period.

Red Wings 4, Coyotes 1

Simple hockey is winning hockey, and no one knows it better than the Red Wings, who scored the winning goal by having three players do their jobs perfectly. It started with Pavel Datsyuk winning an offensive-zone draw to the right of Ilya Bryzgalov and getting the puck back to Nicklas Lidstrom at the left point. Rather than blindly blasting away, Lidstrom concentrated on getting the puck on net -- and he did. Bryzgalov made the stop, but couldn't find the puck. Tomas Holmstrom outbattled Adrian Aucoin for position in front and found the puck in time to slide a little backhander into the open net with 8:51 remaining to break a 1-1 tie. It was all Detroit for the rest of the night.

Quote of the Day

For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.

— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday
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