How many moments have we had in these playoffs so far? I'm talking about the do-or-die moments, where -- as a fan, at least -- it seems like the future of the entire world is suspended in time and space, waiting for the alchemy of blade on ice, puck on twine, in order to restore breath to the building (or set everything alight).
I've been accumulating a list: Game one vs Calgary, 5:33 left in the third period (minor in the long run, but a screw is a screw). The third period of game six, in Calgary. Game four vs Vancouver, 2:44 left in the third period. The divine power play late in the third period of game five, in Vancouver.
Various players have been responsible for tipping the balance -- Havlat twice, Khabby, and Kaner, for instance. Tonight, you can add Huet to the list. The play that changed the landscape of the game was Kronwall's hit on Havlat, but I'll go ahead and agree with Puck Daddy that one performance that really mattered, however subtly, was Huet's.
You can play the blame game all night long, in trying to figure out how the team let 3-0 turn into 3-3. Too many shots allowed to come in from the point (give credit to Babcock modifying the way his team forechecked); too much traffic in front of the net. Right now, I don't care about those. I care about Matt Walker realizing he had room to skate in and take a slapshot with traffic in front. I care about Big Buff doing his job, and Sammy Pahlsson's visual precision. I care about Sharp creeping in on the weak side and being a fucking hero.
This is how they win games. This is how the moments become moments.