NHL Diary: April 14 - Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Set
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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.
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* Visit theNHLs Media sitefor 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.
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REGULAR-SEASON TROPHY WINNERS
* Penguins captainSidney Crosbycaptured his second career Art Ross Trophy as the NHLs 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, followingMario Lemieux(6),Jaromir Jagr(5) andEvgeni Malkin(2). His 17-point gap over Ducks captainRyan Getzlaf(31-5687) marks the greatest differential for the Leagues scoring champion since 1998-99, when Jagr beat outTeemu Selanneby 20 points.
* Capitals captainAlex Ovechkinclaimed his second consecutive and fourth career Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHLs 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, followingMike Bossy(9 in 9),Wayne Gretzky(8),Guy Lafleur(6) andBrett Hull(5). He also led the NHL with 24 power-play goals, a franchise record and the most by any player sinceSteven Stamkosscored an equal amount in 2009-10.
* Kings goaltenderJonathan Quickwon 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, surpassingRogie Vachonas the winningest goaltender in team history and moving within one of Vachons franchise record for shutouts. Together withMartin Jones(4) andBen 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 Carlescored 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 Lindbackmade 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 Boninoscored at 1:33 of overtime to power the Ducks to their fourth consecutive victory inTeemu Selannes 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 fansduring every shift Selanne played in the third period and afinal victory lapwith Avalanche goaltender and former teammateJean-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.
* Sundays victory marked the 378th home win of Brodeurs 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 ofTony Espositoand his 418 victories for the Blackhawks.
*Jaromir Jagrposted two assists to passGordie Howefor the eighth-most assists in NHL history (1,050). He also tiedSteve Yzermanfor sixth all-time with his 1,755th point.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at age 42, Jagr (24-4367) is the oldest player to lead his team in points since 1969-70, when Howe paced the Red Wings with 31-4071 at the same age.
* Following the conclusion of the game, fans and teammates saluted Brodeur with astanding ovationas he was named first star.
DID YOU KNOW?
* Seven players Braydon Coburn,Sean Couturier,Claude Giroux,Brayden Schenn,Wayne Simmonds,Mark StreitandJakub 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 didnt 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 forwardCraig Smith(2-24) recorded his first career four-point game . . .Jason Pominville(2-13) became the third player in Wild history to reach the 30-goal mark, joiningMarian Gaborik(5 times) andBrian 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 goaltenderBraden Holtbymade 32 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, matching a career high set in 2012-13 . . . Flyers forwardMark Streitposted two assists to extend his assist/point streak to six games (1-910) . . . Predators captainShea Weberscored his 23rd goal of the season to match a career high. He also set a franchise record for most points by a defenseman (23-3356), a distinction previously held byKimmo Timonen(2006-07: 13-4255) . . . Coyotes forwardLauri Korpikoskiplayed in his 400th career game . . . Bruins forwardBrad Marchandskated in his 300th NHL game . . . Red Wings forwardTomas Tatarappeared in his 100th career game . . . Canucks defensemanFrank Corradopotted his first NHL goal . . . Hobey Baker winnerJohnny Gaudreauscored his first career goal in his NHL debut with the Flames . . . Flyers goaltenderCalvin Heeterand Lightning forwardCody Kunykalso made their NHL debuts . . . The Department of Player Safety fined Panthers defensemanEd Jovanovski$5,000 for elbowing Blue Jackets forwardCorey Tropp. . . The CanucksinductedPat Quinninto 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