2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs News And Notes
MORNING STANLEY CUP OF JOE – MAY 9, 2013
BOSTON 4, TORONTO 3 (OT); BOS leads 3-1
David Krejci scored the game-winner 13:06 into overtime to complete his second career postseason hat trick and Tuukka Rask made 45 saves for the second consecutive game.
NY RANGERS 4, WASHINGTON 3; series tied 2-2 Derek Stepan netted the winning goal for the second straight game and Carl Hagelin (1-2—3) recorded three points, a playoff career high, to help the Rangers even the series.
LOS ANGELES 3, ST. LOUIS 2 (OT); LA leads 3-2 Alex Pietrangelo evened the game with 44.1 seconds remaining in regulation, but Slava Voynov scored 8:00 into overtime to give the Kings their third straight win and first lead of the series.
ANAHEIM 3, DETROIT 2 (OT); ANA leads 3-2 Nick Bonino potted the winning goal 1:54 into overtime as the Ducks overcame separate one-goal deficits to put the Red Wings on the brink of elimination.
OVERTIME FOR ALL
Every opening-round series has had at least one overtime game. In total, 13 of the first 34 postseason games have required overtime (38.2%), with home teams winning eight of those contests (.615). Last year, a record 16 opening-round games (33.3%) went past regulation, with home clubs only winning four times (.250).
DON’T GIVE UP
Two teams – Boston and Anaheim – overcame deficits to pick up victories Wednesday. In total, eight of the last 12 playoff games have featured comebacks by the winning club.
The Bruins trailed, 2-0, after the first period, but scored three consecutive goals before eventually winning in overtime. Boston was 2-7-3 when down after 20 minutes during the regular season and 9-10-3 when yielding the first goal.
The Ducks overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to force overtime, where Nick Bonino scored the game-winner. Anaheim was 12-10-2 when allowing the first goal during the regular season – its .500 winning percentage in that situation ranked third in the League.
BLUES-KINGS: A CLOSER LOOK
Through five games, the St. Louis-Los Angeles series has featured two overtime games (Games 1 and 5), both stemming from last-minute, game-tying goals. There also was one game in which the winning goal was scored in the final minute of regulation (Game 2). The Blues and Kings have been tied or separated by one goal for 98.4% of the series – St. Louis had the only two-goal lead for 5:01 during the first period of Game 4. The teams also have doled out 406 hits (STL: 202, LA: 204) to date in the series, an average of more than 81 per game.
David Krejci is the second player in Bruins history to score three or more goals, including the overtime winner, in a playoff game. The only other Boston player to accomplish that feat was Jean Ratelle on May 3, 1979, against the Canadiens. Krejci also is the first visiting player to record a postseason hat trick in Toronto since Wayne Gretzky on May 29, 1993. (Elias Sports Bureau)
The 27-year-old Sternberk, Czech Republic, native leads all players with five goals and 10 points in the playoffs. He has recorded at least one point in all four of Boston’s postseason games, including three three-point performances (Games 1, 3 and 4).
A KING AMONG MEN
Slava Voynov, who netted the overtime winner Wednesday and also picked up the lone goal in the Los Angeles’ 1-0 victory in Game 3, is the first defenseman in Kings history to record two game-winning goals in one playoff series. The last blueliner on any NHL team with two game-winners in one postseason series was the Rangers’ Dan Girardi, who accomplished the feat in last year’s Eastern Conference Final against the Devils. (Elias Sports
NY Rangers forward Derek Stepan had zero game-winning goals in his first 27 career playoff games, but has netted the winner in each of the team’s last two games. He is the first Rangers player to score the winning goal in consecutive postseason games since 1997, when Adam Graves did so in Games 4 and 5 of the team’s second-round series against the Devils. The second of Graves’ back-to-back winners came in overtime and clinched the series for the Rangers. (Elias Sports Bureau)
THE BIG MAN STANDS TALL
Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara collected four assists Wednesday, becoming the first blueliner in Bruins history to record as many as four helpers in one playoff game. He also is the first Boston player at any position to pick up four assists in a postseason game since 1991, when Vladimir Ruzicka totaled 1-4—5 in Game 2 of the Wales Conference Final against the Penguins.
(Elias Sports Bureau)
SOLVING THE BLUES AT HOME
The Kings’ 3-2 overtime victory marked the first time in nine games that the Blues have allowed more than one goal in a home game – they had allowed exactly one goal in their eight prior contests at Scottrade Center (dating to April 16). Los Angeles’ win also snapped its eight-game road losing streak (dating to April 2) and was the first victory by a road team in the series.
DID YOU KNOW?
NY Rangers forward Carl Hagelin recorded 1-2—3 Wednesday, a postseason career high. He had just 1-3—4 in 20 total playoff games entering the night.
Boston forward Jaromir Jagr collected one assist to move past Brett Hull for sole possession of sixth place on the NHL’s all-time playoff scoring list (78-113—191 in 184 GP) . . . Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter scored twice. He ranked fourth in the League with 26 goals in 48 games this season . . . NY Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist improved to 7-3 with a 2.11 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and one shutout in his last 10 playoff games at Madison Square Garden . . . Anaheim forward Ryan Getzlaf evened the score with his third goal of the playoffs . . . Toronto forward Clarke MacArthur scored his first postseason goal . . . James Reimer’s wife and mother, along with actress Elisha Cuthbert, nervously watched the Maple Leafs play the Bruins . . . The NHL announced that Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks are the three finalists for the 2012-13 Vezina Trophy.
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Islanders @ Pittsburgh, Game 5, series tied 2-2, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, MSG Plus, ROOT Ottawa @ Montreal, Game 5, OTT leads 3-1, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, CBC, RDS Minnesota @ Chicago, Game 5, CHI leads 3-1, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, FS-N, FS-WI, CSN-CH
Source: NHL Media2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs News And Notes by Sports Talk Florida