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HPT 3 Stars: Miracles in New York and Phoenix Print
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Written by Larry Fleisher   
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 01:35

Marc Staal celebrates his overtime winner.

If there was one theme to Monday's action it was of the miracle variety. In New York, the Rangers pulled off a major miracle by scoring in the waning seconds of regulation before winning in overtime. In Phoenix, the Coyotes found an ownership group that will not relocate the team and then advanced to the Western Conference finals.

Marc Staal, New York Rangers - Staal turned a stunned Madison Square Garden into an euphoric one by scoring a power-play goal just 95 seconds into overtime in New York's 3-2 thriller over the Washington Capitals in Game Five of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Staal scored after John Mitchell won a faceoff during a four-minute power play.

Brad Richards, New York Rangers - Eighteen years ago, Valeri Zelepukin scored the tying goal for the Devils with seven seconds left in regulation. This time, it was Richards, who scored a power-play goal with 7.6 seconds left and unlike the Devils, the Rangers wound up with a big victory. Anton Stralman scored the first goal for New York, which had been 2-for-16 on the power play before its final two goals.

Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes - Smith has made this space numerous times this season and he earned a spot this time by making 32 saves in Phoenix's 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators before a raucous home crowd. The Coyotes have played 11 games and eight have been one-goal games, including three against Nashville. During the series, Smith stopped 150 shots with one shutout. Derek Morris scored his second career postseason goal and Martin Hanzal scored the game-winner.

Game-Winner of the Night

It's a fairly easy choice when someone scores an overtime game-winning goal such as Marc Staal.




Dramatic Effect Goal of the Night

Here's hoping that if you attended or watched last night's game, you made it through regulation. Otherwise you might have missed this one by Brad Richards.




Save of the Night

Mike Smith showed off his extremely good reflexes with this save as he lifted his glove to stop Gabriel Bourque's rising shot from going in the net.




Photos by Getty Images

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 12:06