MORNING STANLEY CUP OF JOE – MAY 21, 2013
DETROIT 3, CHICAGO 1; DET leads 2-1
Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored 31 seconds apart to break a scoreless tie midway through the second period and Jimmy Howard made 39 saves.
Home teams improved to 40-18 (.690) in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 10-1 record (.909) in the second round. Last year, home teams won only 39 of 86 games (.453) in the entire postseason.
The last time home teams had a winning percentage of .600 or higher during the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 1993, when they went 52-33 (.612).
HOW ABOUT THAT?
Jimmy Howard became the first Red Wings goaltender in 26 years to face 40 or more shots and yield only one goal in a playoff victory. The last time a Detroit netminder pulled off that feat was on April 12, 1987, when Greg Stefan made 46 saves in a series-clinching 3 1 win over the Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Norris Division Semifinals. (Elias)
Chicago killed off all five of Detroit’s power-play opportunities and is now a perfect 29-for-29 on the penalty kill in eight games this postseason. That matches the longest streak of consecutive games without allowing a power-play goal to begin a playoff year in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68). St. Louis also didn’t yield a power-play goal in its first eight games of the 2001 Stanley Cup Playoffs (33-for-33). (Elias)
Pavel Datsyuk blasted a shot past Corey Crawford to put Detroit back ahead by two goals early in the third period. Datsyuk ranks eighth among active skaters with 36-66—102 in 136 career playoff games. He also places two points behind Alex Delvecchio (35-69—104 in 121 GP) for sixth on Detroit’s all-time playoff scoring list.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Red Wings improved to 25-0-2 when scoring three or more goals this season (regular season and playoffs).
The Red Wings snapped a four-game losing streak to the Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena (last win was Jan. 14, 2012) . . . Chicago forward Patrick Kane gathered a flip pass and then scored on a breakaway to cut Detroit’s lead in half . . . Detroit forward Drew Miller recorded his second career playoff game-winning goal and first since April 19, 2009 (with Anaheim) . . . The NHL announced that Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2012-13 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Boston @ NY Rangers, Game 3, BOS leads 2-0, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Los Angeles @ San Jose, Game 4, LA leads 2-1, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Source: NHL Media2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs News And Notes by Sports Talk Florida