Welcome to the “Morning Skate: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from around the NHL.
(Home Team in Caps)
Montreal 4, BOSTON 3 (2OT) – MTL leads series 1-0
SUBBAN LIFTS CANADIENS IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME
P.K. Subban (2-0—2) scored the game-winning goal at 4:17 of double-overtime to lift the Canadiens to a Game 1 victory over the Bruins.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Subban became the second defenseman in Canadiens history to post the winning goal in a multi-overtime game. The first wasPatrice Brisebois, who did so on April 24, 1997, in Montreal’s 4-3 triple-overtime victory against New Jersey in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Before Subban, the last defenseman on any NHL team to register the winning goal in a multi-overtime game was Kevin Bieksa, who led the Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Sharks in the fifth and deciding game of the 2011 Western Conference Final.
* Subban recorded his first career multi-goal game in the playoffs and his first such game overall since March 21, 2013 (2-0—2 at NYI). He now has 2-5—7 during a four-game point streak.
* Both of Subban’s goals came via the power play (2-for-3, 66.7%). That matches the number of power-play goals the Canadiens scored against the Bruins during their four-game, regular-season series (2-for-17, 11.8%).
* The Canadiens improved to 5-0 in the postseason despite surrendering two-goal and one-goal leads in the third period.
* Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk forced overtime by knotting the score at 3-3 with 1:58 remaining in regulation. It marked the eighth game-tying goal in the final 2:30 of regulation in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the first time the team that tied the game failed to win in overtime.
* Carey Price made 48 saves, one shy of his career high in the postseason (April 23, 2011: 49 saves at BOS), to improve to 5-0 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* Rene Bourque recorded his fourth goal of the postseason in his fifth game (4-1—5). He had just nine goals in 63 regular-season contests (9-7—16).
* Francis Bouillon scored his third career playoff goal and first since April 19, 2008, also versus the Bruins.
* The Canadiens and Bruins now have played 38 overtime games in their 171 all-time playoff meetings, with Montreal holding a 23-15 edge in those contests. That includes a 4-2 record in their six games that have required multiple overtimes.
* The Canadiens improved to 6-1-0 in their last seven meetings with the Bruins (regular season and playoffs), including a 4-1-0 mark in 2013-14.
DID YOU KNOW?
Defensemen have scored 56 of the 289 total goals in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (19.4%), including five of the seven in Game 1 between the Canadiens and Bruins.
UPDATED POSTSEASON GUIDE
An updated version of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Information Guide, including broadcast information and series-by-series breakdowns for the Second Round, will beavailable on the NHL’s Media site later this afternoon.
PLAYOFF VIEWERSHIP UP ON NBC SPORTS
The First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs delivered significant viewership or consumption increases across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, NBC Sports Regional Networks and NBC Sports Live Extra (NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product):
* NBC, NBCSN and CNBC combined to average 752,000 viewers for their 46 opening-round games, up 57% vs. last year’s first round (478,000 for 45 games).
* Locally, a number of NBC Sports Regional Networks provided live opening-round game coverage of their respective teams, with CSN Chicago and CSN Philadelphia posting record viewership.
* Digitally, viewers consumed nearly 58 million minutes of live streaming content on NBC Sports Live Extra, up 437% vs. last year’s first round (10.77 million).
* Click here for more details.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 29 saves. He leads all netminders in goals-against average (1.52) and save percentage (.946) in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs . . . Canadiens forward Daniel Briere picked up the secondary assist on P.K.
Subban’s overtime winner and now has 51-61—112 in 113 career postseason games . . . Bruins defenseman Torey Krug scored his sixth career playoff goal (in 21 GP) . . . Canadiens captain Brian Gionta played in his 100th career postseason game . . . Forwards Sidney Crosby (PIT), Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) and Claude Giroux (PHI) were announced as the three finalists for the 2013-14 Hart Memorial Trophy . . . The Canucks announced that head coach John Tortorella and assistant coach Mike Sullivan have been relieved of their duties . . . The Islanders acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Capitals in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft . . . Defenseman Tom Potiannounced his retirement from the NHL. The 37-year-old blueliner compiled 69-258—327 in 824 games with the Oilers, Rangers, Islanders and Capitals.
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Pittsburgh, Game 1, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Minnesota @ Chicago, Game 1, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS
For the third consecutive year, every Stanley Cup Playoffs game is being televised nationally in the United States, on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network. Not sure where to find the game? Use our channel finder: http://nhl.com/channelfinder.
PENGUINS, RANGERS OPEN SECOND-ROUND SERIES
The Penguins play host to the Rangers at CONSOL Energy Center in Game 1 of their Second Round series. These clubs have faced off four previous times in the postseason, with Pittsburgh winning each meeting, most recently in the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-1). The Penguins also have a 16-4 edge in their 20 total playoff games versus the Rangers (9-2 at home), including a 79-57 scoring advantage. Both teams posted a 2-1-1 record in their four matchups during the 2013-14 regular season, with the Rangers earning a 4-3 shootout victory in their most recent game Feb. 7 in Pittsburgh.
BLACKHAWKS, WILD MEET IN SECOND STRAIGHT POSTSEASON
The Blackhawks and Wild open their Second Round series at United Center. This marks the second all-time playoff meeting between these clubs and second in as many years; Chicago defeated Minnesota 4-1 in the 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals, outscoring the Wild 17-7. Patrick Sharp (5-1—6) and Marian Hossa (3-3—6) led the Blackhawks with six points in that series, while Corey Crawford posted a 1.32 goals-against average and .950 save percentage. The Wild, however, went 3-1-1 in their five matchups during the 2013-14 regular season (CHI: 2-3-0), including a 1-0-1 mark in Chicago.
Source: NHL Diary