MORNING STANLEY CUP OF JOE – MAY 8, 2013
 NY ISLANDERS 6, PITTSBURGH 4; series tied 2-2 In a seesaw affair, the Islanders scored the final three goals of the game to overcome an early third-period deficit and even the series. John Tavares netted the decisive goal, his first career playoff winner, and Casey Cizikas provided an insurance marker with 1:16 remaining.
OTTAWA 3, MONTREAL 2 (OT); OTT leads 3-1 The Senators scored twice in the final 8:05 of regulation, including Cory Conacher’s game-tying score with 22.6 seconds remaining, and Kyle Turris potted the overtime winner to complete Ottawa’s rally. The Senators have won six of their past seven playoff overtime games.
CHICAGO 3, MINNESOTA 0; CHI leads 3-1
Patrick Sharp scored twice, including the game-winner, and Corey Crawford made 25 saves for his second career postseason shutout as the Blackhawks put the Wild on the brink of elimination.
SAN JOSE 4, VANCOUVER 3 (OT); SJ wins 4-0 Joe Pavelski evened the score with 4:27 remaining in regulation and Patrick Marleau netted the winner 13:18 into overtime to lead the Sharks to their first series sweep in franchise history.
For the second night in a row, three of the four winners overcame deficits to capture victories. The Islanders trailed the Penguins, 3-2 and 4-3, but scored the game’s final three goals to knot the series. The Senators trailed the Canadiens, 2-0, entering the third period, but scored twice in the final 8:05 of regulation to even the game before netting the overtime winner. And the Sharks fell behind the Canucks, 3-2, with 8:58 left in regulation, but tied the score less than five minutes later and went on to win in the extra frame.
There already have been three game-tying goals in the final minute of regulation in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Cory Conacher for the Senators in Game 4, Patrick Marleau for the Sharks in Game 2 and Justin Williams for the Kings in Game 1), matching the total from the entire 2012 postseason.
There were 17 game-tying goals in the final minute of regulation during the
2012-13 regular season (720 games), or one roughly every 42 games. In the playoffs, the three game-tying goals in the final minute of regulation (through 30 games) translate to one every 10 contests.
WILD AFFAIR ON LONG ISLAND
The Islanders-Penguins game featured four score-tying goals, marking the first time there have been that many in a playoff game since May 29, 2010, when there were five such goals in Chicago’s 6-5 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
SENS CAP RARE COMEBACK
Heading into Tuesday, the Senators had been 4-43 all-time in playoff games in which they trailed entering the third period, including a 1-1 record in such games this postseason. They had never won a playoff game in which they were down by two goals heading into the final 20 minutes.
Ottawa forward Kyle Turris scored 2:32 into overtime to complete the Senators’ comeback and give the team a 3-1 series lead. Turris has recorded two playoff overtime goals, both of which have come in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – his other came last year against the Rangers, again capping a two-goal comeback. Turris and Daniel Alfredsson are the only players in Senators history to score a pair of playoff overtime goals. Alfredsson scored both of his against the Sabres (in 1997 and 2007). (Elias)
San Jose forward Patrick Marleau scored one goal in each game of the Sharks’ sweep of the Canucks and now has at least one point in all of his nine career playoff games against Vancouver (8-4—12).
STREIT ON TIME
Mark Streit scored two goals, including the game-tying tally in the third period, and added an assist to become first Islanders defenseman to record three or more points in a playoff game since April 6, 1988, when Denis Potvin (1-2—3) achieved the feat for the 19th and final time in a 4-3 victory over the Devils.
Streit is only the third blueliner in Islanders history to score more than one goal in a playoff game and he’s the first to do so in 30 years. Potvin racked up 11 multi-goal playoff games for the Islanders, the last of which was on May 3, 1983, against the Bruins. The other Islanders defenseman with a multi-goal game in the playoffs was Stefan Persson, who scored twice in Game 5 of the 1980 Stanley Cup Final at Philadelphia. (Elias)
JOHNNY ON THE SPOT
Islanders forward John Tavares has scored 30 goals in 52 total games this season (regular season and playoffs), 14 of which have come in the third period.
Pittsburgh forward Brandon Sutter scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, marking the first postseason goal at Nassau Coliseum by a Sutter since his dad, Brent, scored in double-overtime for the Islanders on April 9, 1990. (Elias)
Montreal goaltender Peter Budaj was called into action for the start of overtime after Carey Price was injured in the waning seconds of regulation.
The last time a goaltender played in overtime of a playoff game after not appearing in regulation was May 3, 2007, when, according to wire reports, an equipment problem forced Roberto Luongo to miss the opening 3:34 of the extra session for the Canucks. Dany Sabourin stopped five shots in his place, but Luongo eventually returned and yielded the winning goal in double-overtime, allowing the Ducks to clinch the series in five games.
Chicago’s trio of marquee players – Jonathan Toews (0), Patrick Kane (0) and Marian Hossa (1) – have combined for just one goal in four playoff games, yet the Blackhawks still hold a 3-1 series lead over the Wild.
Since shutting out Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on April 13, 2011, Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is
6-10 with a 3.68 goals-against average and .864 save percentage in 16 postseason games. He has allowed four or more goals in 10 of those 16 games.
Since 2006, there only has been six sweeps in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (6-of-72, 8.3%). This marks the 11th consecutive year without multiple sweeps in the first round of the NHL postseason. Since going to the best-of-seven format in 1987, there has never been more than two sweeps in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
DID YOU KNOW?
Islanders forward Kyle Okposo scored four goals in 48 regular-season games.
He already has three goals in four playoff games.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Boston @ Toronto, Game 4, BOS leads 2-1, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, CBC, RDS, NESN Washington @ NY Rangers, Game 4, WSH leads 2-1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS2, CSN-DC, MSG Los Angeles @ St. Louis, Game 5, series tied 2-2, 9:00 p.m., NHLN-US, CNBC, CBC, RDSI, FS-W, FS-MW Detroit @ Anaheim, Game 5, series tied 2-2, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS, FS-D, FS-D+, PRIME
Source: NHL Media