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BIG MOMENTS - May 5, 2009 @NHL
The plays that turn the tide in every game of playoff action -- that is what the beauty of hockey history is built on.

Check back every night following all the 2009 playoff action to witness's game-changing moment from each game, as well as the rest of each game's goals, saves and hits.

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Thanks to all who voted -- and enjoy the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs!

Vancouver at Chicago - Game 3

A) The Canucks, having come away from Game 2 with a lackluster performance in the third period, were full of energy to start the game at the United Center. With 4:26 left in the period, Vancouver got the puck deep in the Hawks' zone looking to get on the board first.

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa pinched in way deep to intercept a Nikolai Khabibulin clearing attempt and got a pass off from the right corner to Ryan Kesler in the slot.  Before getting decked by Ben Eager, Kesler dished the puck to his left where a streaking Mason Raymond was closing in. The Canucks left wing fired the puck into a wide open net for his first playoff goal, getting the Canucks going early.

B) Vancouver entered the second period with the extra man after Patrick Kane hooked Ryan Johnson with 40 seconds remaining in the first period.
A minute into the second, the Canucks were cycling the puck around the Hawks zone when Henrik Sedin got the puck to brother Daniel in the high slot. A pass back to Alex Edler at the point led to a shot that was stopped by Nikolai Khabibulin, but Steve Bernier was on the doorstep to bang in the rebound to a give Vancouver a 2-0 lead and more momentum.
The Canucks would go on to score another goal eight minutes later to increase their lead over the Hawks to 3-0.

C) The Canucks were holding onto a 3-1 lead going into the third period.  With 18:31 remaining, Mattias Ohlund blocked a shot from Chicago's Dustin Byfuglien, with the puck deflecting behind Roberto Luongo, hitting the inside of the post and bouncing into the crease. 

The near-goal would have pulled the Blackhawks within one with almost a full period left to play. The Canucks held on instead for the 3-1 win and grabed a 2-1 lead in their semifinal series.

FINAL SCORE: Canucks 3, Blackhawks 1

Detroit at Anaheim - Game 3

A) Having taken three overtime sessions to defeat the Red Wings in Game 2, the Ducks had momentum and energy on their side having the home crowd behind them in Game 3.   
Nearly 13 minutes into the first period, the Ducks lost a faceoff in their own end, but transitioned quickly when Teemu Selanne blocked a Red Wings' pass at the blue line. Ryan Carter collected the deflection and immediately found the streaking Selanne, who had already gotten behind Chris Chelios up ice. Selanne capped the breakaway with a soft backhand past Chris Osgood, giving the Ducks a 1-0 edge early. 

B) The Ducks had the man-advantage eight minutes into the second period when they struck for a critical two-goal lead.  
Ryan Getzlaf brought the puck up ice strong through the middle before it was swatted back to Scott Niedermayer, who fired a shot at Osgood. The veteran goalie made the save, but Niedermayer crashed the net looking for a rebound, creating a pile-up that ended with Osgood -- and the puck -- in the net. The Ducks grabbed a 2-0 lead and the cushion they needed in stifling Detroit the rest of the way.

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