Friday May 15th, 2009

1. Scott Walker, Hurricanes. Walker spent most of the night flying by the net, but with just over a minute left in overtime he changed back and drove directly to the front. When Tim Thomas failed to corral a Ray Whitney shot from the boards, Walker was in perfect position to bury the rebound for the first playoff goal of his career. The OT tally gave the Cardiac 'Canes a 3-2 win (RECAP | BOX) and a 4-3 series victory over the Bruins. Walker's thoughts after the game? "It's surreal, man..."

2. Milan Lucic, Bruins. You can't be a hockey fan if you don't love the way this kid plays the game. Boston's best player throughout this series, Lucic was an unstoppable force tonight, scoring the tying goal late in the third and tenderizing the Canes with his relentless physical assault.

3. Dan Cleary, Red Wings. When Cleary tells his grandkids about his series-clinching goal, he'll probably spin a yarn about an end-to-end rush finished off with a Savardian spinnerama while all five Ducks were draped on his back. The truth wasn't quite that legend-worthy -- Cleary simply did the smart thing by going hard to the net and poking at a puck that was loose under Jonas Hiller's pads, helping Detroit win 4-3 (RECAP | BOX). Pretty? No, but it did the trick, helping advance the Wings to the Western Conference finals.

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