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NHL Diary: April 17 - Weise Lifts Canadiens In Overtime

MORNING SKATE: STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS EDITION APRIL 17, 2014

Welcome to the Morning Skate: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition, a daily collection of the latest news and notes from around the NHL.

WEDNESDAYS RESULTS

(Home Team in Caps)

Montreal 5, TAMPA BAY 4 (OT) MTL leads 1-0

PITTSBURGH 4, Columbus 3 PIT leads 1-0

ANAHEIM 4, Dallas 3 ANA leads 1-0

WEISE LIFTS CANADIENS IN OVERTIME

After a back-and-forth three periods that saw neither team hold the lead for more than four minutes (TB 3:34, MTL 3:58),Dale Weisescored his first career playoff goal at 18:08 of overtime to lift the Canadiens to a 1-0 series lead over the Lightning.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Weise became the first Canadiens player to record his first career postseason goal in overtime since May 18, 1986, whenBrian Skrudlanddid so nine seconds into the extra period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final versus the Flames. Last year, three NHLers scored their first playoff goal in overtime:Gustav Nyquist,Brooks OrpikandJason Zucker.

* Four of the five meetings between the Canadiens and Lightning this season (regular season and playoffs) have been decided in extra time. Both clubs have won two of those games (one apiece in overtime and the shootout).

* The Canadiens picked up their first all-time playoff win over the Lightning after suffering a four-game sweep in their only other meeting in the 2004 Eastern Conference Semifinals. Their Game 1 output matched their entire goal total from that series (TB: 14, MTL: 5).

*Daniel Briereearned the primary assist on Weises overtime winner and now has 50-60110 in 109 career postseason games, 19 of which have come on game-winning scores (13-619). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Briere also has factored on six of his teams 15 playoff overtime goals (3-36).

* Making his first postseason appearance since April 26, 2011, Trade Deadline acquisitionThomas Vanekscored his 16th career playoff goal (16-521 in 37 GP) and now has 3-25 in six total games against the Lightning this season.

*Brian Gionta(1-12) netted his 32nd career playoff goal and third shorthanded. His last shorthanded goal in the postseason came on April 29, 2006, when he scored the series-clinching goal for the Devils in Game 4 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Rangers. Gionta now has 6-410 in 12 career playoff games against the Lightning.

* The Canadiens improved to 76-61-3 in 140 all-time postseason overtime games, the most of any team. Their 76 such victories also lead the NHL, 20 more than the next-closest team (TOR: 56-53-1).

PENGUINS RALLY FOR SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN OVER BLUE JACKETS

Trailing 3-1 early in the second period, the Penguins scored three unanswered goals, includingBrandon Sutters tiebreaking marker at 8:18 of the third period, to earn their seventh consecutive victory over the Blue Jackets (regular season and playoffs) and take a 1-0 series lead.

* Sutter recorded his first career game-winning goal in the postseason (16 GP). He has appeared in 129 regular-season games with the Penguins over the past two campaigns, totaling 24 goals six of which have been game-winners (25.0%).

* The Penguins went 2-for-3 on the power play, including the tying goals fromBeau BennettandMatt Niskanen45 seconds apart in the second period. Pittsburgh led the League in power-play efficiency during the regular season (65-for-278, 23.4%), including a 12-2-2 record when tallying two or more times with the man-advantage.

*Jussi Jokinenscored his 10th career playoff goal and first as a member of the Penguins. He has now found the back of the net in four consecutive games dating to the regular season.

*Marc-Andre Fleurymade 31 saves in his first postseason start since Game 4 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Islanders. Since his playoff debut in 2007, Fleury leads all goaltenders in postseason appearances (81) and victories (46).

*Evgeni Malkincollected two assists and is now one point shy of 100 in his playoff career (36-6399 in 84 GP).

* The Penguins improved to 20-13 all-time in Game 1s at home, including a 10-3 mark in their last 13 such contests (27-29 overall in Game 1s).

DUCKS BUILD BIG LEAD, HOLD ON VERSUS STARS

The Ducks built a 4-0 lead and held on to take a 1-0 series advantage over the Stars behind 32 saves fromFrederik Andersen, who was making his postseason debut.

* Andersen (24 years, 196 days) became the youngest goaltender to appear in a playoff game for the Ducks. He also became the third rookie to play in a postseason game for the franchise (Tom Askeyin 1999 andIlya Bryzgalovin 2006) and the first to win his playoff debut. Andersen compiled a 20-5-0 record with a 2.29 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 28 appearances during the regular season, including six consecutive victories to begin his career.

* Three Ducks players posted multi-point games:Matt Beleskey(1-12),Ryan Getzlaf(1-12) andFrancois Beauchemin(0-22).

*Kyle Palmieriscored the opening goal and now has 4-26 and a +6 rating in his last seven postseason appearances.

* The Ducks extended their winning streak to five games (dating to the regular season). They also improved to 11-9 all-time in the first game of playoff series.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

Making his postseason debut, Blue Jackets forwardDerek MacKenziescored his first career playoff goal while shorthanded. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the eighth player in NHL history to register a shorthanded goal in his first postseason game and the first to do so since 1998:

SHORTHANDED GOAL IN PLAYOFF DEBUT, NHL HISTORY

John McCormack(TOR): March 28, 1950

Larry Leach(BOS): March 24, 1959

Billy Carroll(NYI): April 8, 1981

Charlie Huddy(EDM): April 7, 1982

Mark Kolesar(TOR): April 21, 1996

Todd Marchant(EDM): April 16, 1997

Brad Werenka(PIT): April 23, 1998

Derek MacKenzie(CBJ): April 16, 2014

DID YOU KNOW?

* Teams that win Game 1 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 417-190 (68.7%).

* Home teams went 2-1 on opening night of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Last year, home clubs earned an NHL-record 59 victories (59-27, .686) in the postseason, including a 30-17 mark (.638) in the first round. In 2012, road teams dominated, posting a record 47 wins (47-39, .547) throughout the playoffs, including a 30-18 mark (.625) in the first round.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ducks forwardTeemu Selanne(43 years, 287 days) became the oldest player to appear in a Stanley Cup Playoffs game sinceChris Cheliosin 2009 (47 years, 122 days: Game 5 of WCF). The only other NHLers to skate in a postseason game at an older age areGordie Howe(age 52),Johnny Bower(44),Lester Patrick(44) andJacques Plante(44).

2014 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BRACKET CHALLENGE

More than a half-million brackets were submitted in the2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Can-Amon NHL.com. Among the famous names submitting brackets were actorsJon Hamm,Alyssa MilanoandAlan Thicke; broadcaster and former NFL MVPBoomer Esiason; country music singerMartina McBride; directorBobby Farrelly; OlympiansCharlie White,Michelle KwanandKristi Yamaguchi; TV personalitiesPat SajakandWillie Geist; and athletesGraham Rahal,Chris CarpenterandKeith Tkachuk.

Click hereto view some of the famous brackets.

LOOSE PUCKS

Lightning captainSteven Stamkosrecorded two goals and now has 8-715 in 19 career playoff appearances, including 3-36 in his past four postseason games dating to 2011 . . . Blue Jackets defensemanJack Johnsonposted 1-12 and now has 2-1214 in 13 career playoff appearances . . .Tyler SeguinandJamie Bennscored for the Stars. They both ranked in the top 10 in the NHL in points this season (Seguin: 37-4784, Benn: 34-4579) . . . Lightning goaltenderAnders Lindbackmade 39 saves in his first playoff start, his most stops in any game this season . . .ICYMI: Enterprises new commercial featuring Blues forwardT.J. Oshiemade itsnational television debutduring the Penguins-Blue Jackets game . . . Check outCBCs opening montagefor the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAYS ACTION

All Times Eastern

Philadelphia @ NY Rangers,Game 1, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, TSN, RDS, CSN-PH, MSG

Chicago @ St. Louis,Game 1, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, CSN-CH, FS-MW

Minnesota @ Colorado,Game 1, 9:30 p.m., CNBC, TSN, RDS, FS-N, ALT

Los Angeles @ San Jose,Game 1, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, FS-W, CSN-CA

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.

FLYERS, RANGERS MEET FOR 11TH TIME IN POSTSEASON . . .

The Flyers visit the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in the 11th all-time playoff series between these clubs and first since 1997, when Philadelphia defeated New York in five games to earn a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. The Flyers hold a 6-4 edge in their 10 previous postseason meetings, including three straight victories, but the Rangers have won three of their five all-time matchups in the first round. New York also has won eight consecutive regular-season games versus Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden dating to Feb. 20, 2011, outscoring the Flyers 32-9 and holding them to two or fewer goals in each contest. Overall, the Rangers finished the regular season with points in 11 of their last 13 games (9-2-2), while the Flyers went 3-1-1 in their final five outings.

. . . AS DO BLUES AND BLACKHAWKS

The Blues play host to the Blackhawks at Scottrade Center in their 11th all-time playoff meeting and first since 2002, a five-game series victory by St. Louis in the Western Conference Quarterfinals under the direction of current Chicago head coachJoel Quenneville. The Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup champions and are looking to become the first repeat winners since the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. The Blues, meanwhile, set a franchise record with 52 victories this season, including a 3-2-0 mark in five regular-season matchups with the Blackhawks (CHI: 2-1-2).

ROY LEADS AVALANCHE AGAINST WILD

Patrick Royand the Avalanche welcome the Wild to Pepsi Center in the third all-time playoff meeting between these clubs and first since 2008. No stranger to Minnesota, Roy will be making his postseason coaching debut against his final opponent in a 19-season, Hall of Fame playing career in the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs,Andrew Brunettescored at 3:25 of overtime to give the Wild a 3-2 win over Roy and the Avalanche in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Colorado won the only other postseason matchup between these clubs, decided in six games in the first round of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

KINGS, SHARKS FACE OFF FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

Familiar opponents, the Kings and Sharks face off for the second consecutive postseason when they meet at SAP Center. These clubs have battled each other twice before in the playoffs, each earning one series victory: San Jose in the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals (4-2) and Los Angeles in last years Western Conference Semifinals (4-3). Eight of the 13 postseason games between these teams have been decided by one goal, including five such contests in 2013s seven-game thriller. The Kings went 3-1-1 against the Sharks in their five-game, regular-season series (SJ: 2-2-1), with four of the five contests featuring one-goal margins, including two decided in extra time.

TOP-SELLING PLAYER JERSEYS FOR 2013-14

See below for a list of the top-selling player jerseys on shop.NHL.com for the 2013-14 regular season:

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Source: NHL Media



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