Wednesday April 29th, 2009

1. Cam Ward, Hurricanes: Word of advice to the Bruins. If you want to advance past the 'Canes, get it done in six games or fewer. The reason? Cam Ward doesn't lose in Game 7. With tonight's dramatic win, Carolina's star of the series has captured the first three Game 7 starts in his career. He was at his best when the 'Canes were pressing for the equalizer in the third, leaving him to thwart half a dozen odd-man rushes including three-bell stops on Jamie Langenbrunner and John Madden.

2. Sergei Fedorov, Capitals: The shot might not have as much zip as it did earlier in his 18-year career, but Fedorov still knows where to put it. Taking a nifty backhand pass from Matt Bradley in the neutral zone, Fedorov darted into Rangers territory, waited until Wade Redden provided a partial screen then ripped the series clincher over Henrik Lundqvist's glove. The goal sent the Capitals into the second round for the first time since 1998.

3. Tim Gleason, Hurricanes: It was just one play, but it created the moment on which the series turned. With the 'Canes trailing 3-2 and pressing in the final 90 seconds, Rod Brind'Amour was rushed into making a brutal pass by a hard charging Zach Parise. It was headed out of the New Jersey zone when Gleason threw himself headlong to keep the play onside. In the same motion he scooped up the puck and sent it to Joni Pitkanen, who found Jussi Jokinen cross ice for the tying goal. It lacked the glamour of Jokinen's one-timer, or the drama of Eric Staal's winner 48 seconds later, but without that read and react by Gleason the 'Canes are golfing on Thursday morning.

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