Satan, Devils in the spotlight Thursday 

April, 22, 2010

OK, let's take a quick quiz. Raise your hand if you thought Wednesday night's Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres tilt just might go on all night. I know I did. After the first overtime, with both goalies making some silly saves, I figured fans leaving TD Garden just might see the sunrise. Sabres netminder Ryan Miller was particularly spectacular, making sensational game-saving stops on Patrice Bergeron and Miroslav Satan in that first OT session.

In the second OT, though, Satan got even with his former Sabres teammate, converting a nice pass from winger Michael Ryder at the tail end of a power-play chance (the always deadly too many men on the ice infraction!) to send the crazed crowd home at a reasonable hour. Miller, meanwhile, must be wondering what he has to do to win an overtime game. America's goalie doesn't have room for another loss in this series.

Miller's Olympic foe, Canada/Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, benefited from some significant offensive support in a late-night 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings in L.A. Vancouver's captain made just enough saves to help his team get even in the wildly entertaining series. There's a lot of playoff hate in this series. You could see it at the end of Wednesday night's game. Both sides get a day to lick their wounds before Friday's Game 5 at GM Place.

With another wild night of playoff hockey in the books, here are Wednesday's three stars. And I'll look into my crystal ball to give you my take on Thursday's action.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.