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NHL Diary: Bruins Rally Late, Take 3-1 Series Lead

MORNING SKATE: STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS EDITION APRIL 25, 2014



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


THURSDAYS RESULTS
(Home Team in Caps)
Boston 3, DETROIT 2 (OT) BOS leads 3-1
MINNESOTA 2, Colorado 1 series tied 2-2
LOS ANGELES 6, San Jose 3 SJ leads 3-1

RECORD NUMBER OF FIRST ROUND COMEBACKS
Last nights Bruins victory marked the ninth time in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs that a team has overcome a multi-goal deficit to win (31 GP). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is a record for the most such victories in thefirst round of the postseason, breaking the previous mark of eight established in 1991. There were only eight such victories in theentire2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Overall, there have been 23 comeback wins in the 31 games contested thus far in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (74.2%). A breakdown:

* 1-goal comebacks: 14
* 2-goal comebacks: 8
* 3-goal comebacks: 1

IGINLA, BRUINS RALLY TO TAKE 3-1 SERIES LEAD OVER RED WINGS
Trailing 2-0 midway through the second period, the Bruins scored three unanswered goals, includingJarome Iginlaswinner at 13:32 of overtime, to take a 3-1 series lead over the Red Wings.

* Iginla recorded his sixth career game-winning goal in the postseason and first in overtime. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Iginla (36 years, 297 days) is the oldest player to score his first postseason overtime goal sinceBill Guerindid so at age 38 for the Penguins in Game 2 of their first-round series against the Flyers in 2009. Iginla now has 33-3164 in 73 career playoff contests, including 1-45 in 17 overtime games.

*Tuukka Raskmade 35 saves to improve to 24-15 in 39 career postseason appearances, including an 8-4 mark in 12 overtime games. He has stopped 115-of-119 shots through four games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, posting a 0.96 goals-against average, .966 save percentage and one shutout.

* After scoring his first career regular-season goal Oct. 5 at Joe Louis Arena, Livonia, Mich., nativeTorey Krugadded his fifth career postseason marker and first of 2014.

*Claude Juliencoached his 100th career playoff game (57-43), improving to 52-36 behind the Boston bench.

* The Bruins improved to 21-8 in 29 all-time postseason games in Detroit.

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GABORIK, WILLIAMS HELP KINGS STAY ALIVE
Marian GaborikandJustin Williamsboth recorded two-goal games to help the Kings stave off elimination and defeat the Sharks 6-3.

* Gaborik posted his second career multi-goal game in the postseason and first since May 2, 2003 (vs. VAN).

* Williams also registered his second career multi-goal game in the playoffs and first since May 28, 2013 (vs. SJ). He was micd up while scoring both goals in Game 4 which can be seenhereandhere.

* Celebrating his 22nd birthday,Tyler Toffolicompiled 1-12, including his first game-winning goal in the postseason.

*Jeff Carter(1-34) andAnze Kopitar(0-44) both collected one assist and now have found the scoresheet in each game of the series.

* The Kings improved to 10-2 in their last 12 home playoff games dating to June 11, 2012. They also improved to 11-1-1 in their last 13 meetings with the Sharks at STAPLES Center dating to Nov. 28, 2011 (regular season and playoffs).

* After combining for 24 goals in their seven-game series in the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals (LA: 14, SJ: 10), the Kings and Sharks have totaled 34 goals through the first four games of this series (LA: 14, SJ: 20).

WILD USE STINGY DEFENSE TO EVEN SERIES WITH AVALANCHE
The Wild outshot the Avalanche 32-12, setting a franchise record for the fewest shots allowed in a playoff game, to even their series at two games apiece.

* The Wilds previous record for the fewest shots allowed in a postseason game was 13, set April 29, 2003, in 3-2 loss to the Canucks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

* The Wild now have outshot the Avalanche 143-94 in the series, including a 78-34 margin in Games 3 and 4. Including the regular season, they have outshot the Avalanche in eight of their nine head-to-head meetings in 2013-14, posting a 297-217 advantage.

*Jared Spurgeonscored his first career playoff goal at 3:47 of the first period, a franchise record for the fastest goal by a Wild player in a home postseason game.

*Charlie Coylerecorded his first career game-winning goal in the playoffs and now has found the back of the net in three of four games in the series (3-03).

*Darcy Kuempermade 11 saves, but saw his postseason shutout streak end at 138:07 (dating to last year).

* The Wild and Avalanche now have contested 12 one-goal games in their 17 all-time playoff meetings, including 11 of their last 13 matchups.

BIG NIGHTS FOR NEW DADS
Red Wings playersPavel DatsyukandNiklas Kronwallboth recorded 1-12 including the primary assist on each others goals in the first game following the birth of their children:

* Datsyuk posted his 38th career playoff goal and 106th point (144 GP), seventh among active players. He welcomed his second child, daughter Vasilisa, on Wednesday.

* Kronwall scored his fifth career postseason goal and first since May 8, 2011 (Game 5 of CSF), snapping a 24-game playoff drought. He welcomed first child, son Douglas, earlier on Thursday.

LOOSE PUCKS
Home teams improved to 21-10 (.677) in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 15-1 mark (.938) by Western Conference clubs . . . Red Wings captainHenrik Zetterberglogged 19:34 of ice time and a +1 rating in his first game since Feb. 8 . . . Sharks forwardJames Sheppardscored his first career playoff goal (21 GP) . . . Avalanche forwardJoey Hishon, the 17th overall selection in the 2010 Draft, played in his first NHL game . . . Red Wings goaltenderJonas Gustavssonmade 37 saves in his postseason debut . . . Sharks goaltenderAlex Stalockstopped all four shots he faced in relief ofAntti Niemiin his playoff debut . . . ForwardsPatrice Bergeron(BOS),Anze Kopitar(LA) andJonathan Toews(CHI) were announced as the three finalists for the 2013-14 Frank J. Selke Trophy . . . The NHL announced that the start time of Game 6 of the First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series between the Ducks and Stars has been set for 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, April 27, in Dallas (NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW) . . .ICYMI: Rangers forwardDominic Moorewas featured in the latest episode of ESPNs E:60.Click herefor a clip . . .Larry David,Charissa ThompsonandPau Gasolwere among thefamous faces at the Kings-Sharks game.

SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAYS ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Philadelphia,NYR leads 2-1, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, TSN, RDS, MSG, CSN-PH
Chicago @ St. Louis,series tied 2-2, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, CSN-CH, FS-MW
Dallas @ Anaheim,series tied 2-2, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS, FS-SW, PRIME

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.

Source: NHL Media



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