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2014 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BRACKET SET
* By virtue of the Blues’ loss in regulation, the Avalanche clinched the Central Division title and a first-round matchup against the Wild. The Blues will face the Blackhawks in the first round.
* By virtue of their win, the Lightning will have home-ice advantage in their first-round matchup against the Canadiens.
* Click here for a printable bracket.
* Visit the NHL’s Media site for statistical previews of the first round.
FIRST ROUND BROADCAST SCHEDULE
The NHL announced the dates, starting times and national television coverage for the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begin Wednesday with three games.
Click here for the full schedule.
REGULAR-SEASON TROPHY WINNERS
* Penguins captain Sidney Crosby captured his second career Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s scoring champion (2006-07). He finished with 36 goals as well as a League-leading 68 assists and 104 points, registering points in 60 of the 80 games he played in (75.0%), including 30 multi-point performances. Crosby reached the 100-point milestone for the fifth time in his career and became the fourth player in Penguins history to earn multiple Art Ross Trophies, following Mario Lemieux (6), Jaromir Jagr (5) and Evgeni Malkin (2). His 17-point gap over Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf (31-56—87) marks the greatest differential for the League’s scoring champion since 1998-99, when Jagr beat out Teemu Selanne by 20 points.
* Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin claimed his second consecutive and fourth career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader (2007-08, 2008-09 and 2012-13). He scored 51 goals, becoming the 11th player in League history to record five 50-goal seasons and just the fifth to do so in his first nine campaigns, following Mike Bossy (9 in 9), Wayne Gretzky (8), Guy Lafleur (6) and Brett Hull (5). He also led the NHL with 24 power-play goals, a franchise record and the most by any player sinceSteven Stamkos scored an equal amount in 2009-10.
* Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick won his first career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who plays at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals (174). He compiled a 27-17-4 record with a 2.07 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and six shutouts in 49 appearances, surpassing Rogie Vachon as the winningest goaltender in team history and moving within one of Vachon’s franchise record for shutouts. Together with Martin Jones (4) and Ben Scrivens (3), the Kings compiled a League-leading 13 shutouts, a club record and the second-most by any team in the past nine seasons (2011-12 Blues: 15).
TEAMS PREPARE FOR PLAYOFFS
Various rinks have already started preparing for the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs:
(Home Team in Caps)
Detroit 3, ST. LOUIS 0
NEW JERSEY 3, Boston 2
Carolina 6, PHILADELPHIA 5 (SO)
Tampa Bay 1, WASHINGTON 0 (SO)
NY Islanders 4, BUFFALO 3 (SO)
Ottawa 3, PITTSBURGH 2 (SO)
Nashville 7, MINNESOTA 3
ANAHEIM 3, Colorado 2 (OT)
VANCOUVER 5, Calgary 1
PHOENIX 2, Dallas 1
RED WINGS SHUT OUT BLUES, HELP AVALANCHE CLINCH CENTRAL
Petr Mrazek (23 saves) recorded his second career shutout to help the Red Wings defeat the Blues, clinching the Central Division title for the Avalanche.
* The Avalanche won their 11th division title in franchise history, ninth since relocating to Denver and first since 2002-03.
* After finishing 29th in the NHL standings last season, the Avalanche (52-22-8, 112 points) ranked third overall in 2013-14, matching a franchise record for wins (2000-01) and establishing a club mark for road victories (26). Their 112 points also placed second in team history (2000-01: 118).
LIGHTNING EDGE CAPITALS, EARN HOME ICE IN FIRST ROUND
Matthew Carle scored the lone goal in the shootout to lead the Lightning to their fourth consecutive victory, helping the team clinch home-ice advantage in their first-round matchup against the Canadiens.
* With the win, the Lightning (46-27-9, 101 points) reached the 100-point mark for the third time in franchise history and first time since 2010-11. Their 46 victories tied a club record set in 2003-04 and equaled in 2010-11.
* The Lightning finished the season with a 21-17-3 road record, tied for the second-most such wins in team history. Their 25 home victories also matched a franchise record.
* Anders Lindback made 18 saves, and denied all three shootout attempts he faced, to record his third career shutout and first of the season.
SELANNE TAKES VICTORY LAP IN DUCKS’ FINALE
Nick Bonino scored at 1:33 of overtime to power the Ducks to their fourth consecutive victory in Teemu Selanne’s final regular-season game.
* The Ducks finished 2013-14 with a 54-20-8 record, the best mark in franchise history. They also set club records for wins (54), points (116), home wins (29), home points (62), road wins (25) and road points (54), clinching the top seed in the Western Conference for the first time in team history.
* The Ducks earned their 26th come-from-behind victory of the season, the most by any team since 2005-06, when the Predators and Red Wings also had 26 such wins.
* Selanne finished his regular-season career ranked in the top 15 in NHL history in goals (11th: 684), points (15th: 1,457), power-play goals (3rd: 255) and game-winning goals (t-4th: 110). He also is the Ducks franchise leader in goals (457), assists (531), points (988) and games played (966).
* The night featured a video montage, a standing ovation by fans during every shift Selanne played in the third period and a final victory lap with Avalanche goaltender and former teammate Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
BRODEUR, JAGR HELP DEVILS CLOSE SEASON ON HIGH NOTE
Playing in what might have been his final game in a Devils uniform, Martin Brodeurmade 16 saves to pick up his NHL-record 688th career victory.
* Brodeur finished 2013-14 with a 19-14-6 record, including a 2.51 goals-against average, .901 save percentage and three shutouts in 39 appearances.
* Sunday’s victory marked the 378th home win of Brodeur’s career (266 at the Meadowlands, 112 at Prudential Center). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Brodeur has won more home games for the Devils than any other NHL goaltender has total wins for one team, with the exception of Tony Esposito and his 418 victories for the Blackhawks.
* Jaromir Jagr posted two assists to pass Gordie Howe for the eighth-most assists in NHL history (1,050). He also tied Steve Yzerman for sixth all-time with his 1,755th point.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at age 42, Jagr (24-43—67) is the oldest player to lead his team in points since 1969-70, when Howe paced the Red Wings with 31-40—71 at the same age.
* Following the conclusion of the game, fans and teammates saluted Brodeur with a standing ovation as he was named first star.
DID YOU KNOW?
* Seven players – Braydon Coburn, Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Mark Streit and Jakub Voracek – appeared in all 82 games for the Flyers, a franchise record. That mark was previously held by the 1974-75 team, which had six players dress for the full 80-game season.
* The Predators were the only team that didn’t allow a shorthanded goal in 2013-14.
The Senators closed the regular season on a five-game winning streak, while both the Ducks and Lightning won their last four . . . Predators forward Craig Smith (2-2—4) recorded his first career four-point game . . . Jason Pominville (2-1—3) became the third player in Wild history to reach the 30-goal mark, joining Marian Gaborik (5 times) and Brian Rolston (3) . . . The Islanders went 17-5-2 (36 points) in their final 22 road games, their best 22-game stretch on the road in franchise history . . . Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 32 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, matching a career high set in 2012-13 . . . Flyers forward Mark Streit posted two assists to extend his assist/point streak to six games (1-9—10) . . . Predators captain Shea Weber scored his 23rd goal of the season to match a career high. He also set a franchise record for most points by a defenseman (23-33—56), a distinction previously held by Kimmo Timonen (2006-07: 13-42—55) . . . Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoskiplayed in his 400th career game . . . Bruins forward Brad Marchand skated in his 300th NHL game . . . Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar appeared in his 100th career game . . . Canucks defenseman Frank Corrado potted his first NHL goal . . . Hobey Baker winnerJohnny Gaudreau scored his first career goal in his NHL debut with the Flames . . . Flyers goaltender Calvin Heeter and Lightning forward Cody Kunyk also made their NHL debuts . . . The Department of Player Safety fined Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski $5,000 for elbowing Blue Jackets forward Corey Tropp . . . The Canucks inducted Pat Quinn into their Ring of Honour. Quinn served as the general manager of the Canucks from 1987-88 through 1997-98 and also coached 280 games behind the bench, compiling a 141-111-28 record and leading the team to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final.
Source: NHL Media