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2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs News And Notes

MORNING STANLEY CUP OF JOE MAY 1, 2013

TUESDAYS RESULTS

CHICAGO 2, MINNESOTA 1 (OT); CHI leads series 1-0 Bryan Bickell scored 16:35 into overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory. The goal was Bickells second overtime winner in 15 career playoff games; he has never scored an overtime goal in the regular season. Eight of Chicagos last nine postseason games have gone to overtime they are 4-4 in those contests.

ST. LOUIS 2, LOS ANGELES 1 (OT); STL leads series 1-0 Alexander Steen scored twice, including the shorthanded overtime winner, to help the Blues overcome Justin Williams game-tying score with 31.6 seconds remaining in regulation. Steens goal marked the first shorthanded overtime score in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since Fernando Pisani led the Oilers to a

4-3 victory in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 14, 2006.

ANAHEIM 3, DETROIT 1; ANA leads series 1-0 Teemu Selanne, the oldest active player in the NHL at 42 years, 9 months, scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period. Selanne is the second-oldest player to score a game-winning goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Mark Recchi was 43 when he recorded the game-winner for the Bruins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 6, 2011.

HARDING GOES WILD

Minnesota backup goaltender Josh Harding unexpectedly started Game 1 after Niklas Backstrom suffered an injury during pregame warm-ups. Harding, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last year and only played in five games during the regular season, hadnt started a game since Jan. 30 when he allowed two goals on four shots and was pulled after 6:45. He didnt show any rust Tuesday, making 35 saves and earning third star of the game honors.

STEEN, BLUES ERASE PAST

St. Louis forward Alexander Steen had scored one goal in 13 career postseason games heading into Tuesdays opener and had not posted a multi-goal game since Oct. 26, 2011 . . . The win marked the Blues first playoff overtime victory since May 16, 2001 (4-3 over Colorado in 2OT) . . . St. Louis was 0-7-1 in its last eight games against Los Angeles dating to last season, including a four-game sweep in the 2012 Western Conference Semifinals.

ELLIOTT ON FIRE

St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott started the season with a 3-6-1 record,

3.65 goals-against average and .851 save percentage in his first 11 appearances, but compiled an 11-2-0 mark in April, including a 1.28 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and three shutouts. He continued his hot streak Tuesday, allowing one goal on 29 shots.

CLOSE GAMES

Two of the first three games of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs required overtime. Last year, a record 16 opening-round games (33.3%) went past regulation road teams won 12 of those games (.750) . . . Thirty-two of last years 48 first-round games (66.7%) had one-goal margins.

DID YOU KNOW?

In best-of-seven series, the Game 1 winner has gone on to win the series 68.4% (405-187) of the time in NHL history. Here is a breakdown of how Game

1 winners have fared over the past five years.

2012: 11-4

2011: 10-5

2010: 7-8

2009: 9-6

2008: 12-3

START YOUR ENGINES

NASCAR racer Danica Patrick scored in the Shoot the Puck contest during the second intermission of the Blackhawks-Wild game.

CELEB FANS CHEER KINGS

LOOSE PUCKS

Wild defenseman Ryan Suter played a franchise record 41:08 in Tuesdays loss. He led all skaters in total time on ice (1,309:25) during the regular season . . . Chicago forward Marian Hossa scored the game-tying goal, the 36th postseason score of his career. Hossa leads all Blackhawks and is 10th among active players in career playoff goals . . . Playing in his first career postseason game, Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck scored the first goal of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs . . . The Kings have opened 16 consecutive playoff series on the road, an NHL record . . . Tuesdays game marked the 140th postseason contest behind the bench for Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville, while it was the first playoff game for Wild head coach Mike Yeo. The 139-game difference is the largest gap between opposing playoff coaches since the 2002 Stanley Cup Final, when Detroits Scotty Bowman (348

games) faced Carolinas Paul Maurice (30 games).

SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAYS ACTION

All Times Eastern

Toronto @ Boston, Game 1, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, CBC, RDS, NESN NY Islanders @ Pittsburgh, Game 1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS2, MSG Plus, ROOT San Jose @ Vancouver, Game 1, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS, CSN-CA

Source: NHL Media



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