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)
NY RANGERS 4, Philadelphia 2 – NYR leads 3-2
CHICAGO 5, St. Louis 1 – CHI wins series 4-2
Anaheim 5, DALLAS 4 (OT) – ANA wins series 4-2
DUCKS RALLY LATE TO ELIMINATE STARS
Trailing 4-2, the Ducks scored twice in the final 2:10 of regulation – including Devante Smith-Pelly’s tying goal with 24.2 seconds left on the clock  – to force overtime, where Nick Bonino potted the series-clinching goal at 2:47 .
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Ducks became the fifth team since 1977 to rally from a multi-goal deficit in the final 2:10 of regulation in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The previous four instances:
May 13, 2013: BOS vs. TOR (BOS won 5-4 in OT, 1:22 remaining when rally started)
April 15, 2001: DAL at EDM (DAL won 3-2 in OT, 1:03 remaining when rally started)
April 18, 1993: QUE vs. MTL (QUE won 3-2 in OT, 1:19 remaining when rally started)
April 17, 1977: PHI at TOR (PHI won 6-5 in OT, 1:49 remaining when rally started)
* The Ducks recorded the 10th multi-goal comeback of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (in 41 GP, 24.4%). That is a record for the most such victories in the first round of the postseason; there were only eight such victories in the entire 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* Overall, there have been 27 comeback wins in the 41 games contested thus far in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (65.9%):
COMEBACK WINS IN 2014 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
1-goal comebacks: 17
2-goal comebacks: 9
3-goal comebacks: 1
* Smith-Pelly’s goal marked the sixth game-tying goal scored in the final two minutes of regulation in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The team that has scored the tying goal has gone on to win all six games:
GAME-TYING GOALS IN FINAL 2 MINUTES OF REGULATION
Jaden Schwartz, STL – 18:15 of Game 1 (STL won 4-3 in 3OT)
Paul Stastny, COL – 19:46 of Game 1 (COL won 5-4 in OT)
Vladimir Tarasenko, STL – 19:53 of Game 2 (STL won 4-3 in OT)
Brandon Dubinsky, CBJ – 19:36 of Game 4 (CBJ won 4-3 in OT)
PA Parenteau, COL – 18:46 of Game 5 (COL won 4-3 in OT)
Devante Smith-Pelly, ANA – 19:36 of Game 6 (ANA won 5-4 in OT)
* Bonino started the Ducks’ rally with his fifth career playoff goal at 17:50 of the third period. He now has two career postseason overtime goals; his other came against the Red Wings in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on May 8, 2013.
* Smith-Pelly scored his first two career playoff goals (5 GP), matching his total from the regular season (19 GP).
* Teemu Selanne (33-33—66) collected two assists to tie Ryan Getzlaf (24-42—66) for the most postseason points in franchise history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Selanne (43 years, 207 days) became the second-oldest player in NHL history to record a multi-assist game (Chris Chelios: 45 years, 102 days) and third-oldest player to register a multi-point game (Chelios; Gordie Howe: 52 years, 9 days) in the playoffs.
* Jonas Hiller stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief of Frederik Andersen to pick up his 11th career playoff victory and third in overtime (3-4).
* The Ducks improved to 2-1 in their three all-time postseason series versus the Stars, with their other series victory coming in the 2003 Western Conference Semifinals (also in six games). They now await the winner of the Sharks-Kings series in the Second Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
BLACKHAWKS SCORE FOUR IN THIRD TO OUST BLUES
Knotted at 1-1 after 40 minutes, the Blackhawks scored four unanswered goals, including two in the opening two minutes of the third period, to pick up their fourth consecutive victory and advance to the Second Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* The Blackhawks improved to 11-2 in potential series-clinching games since 2009, including five straight victories.
* Jonathan Toews scored the winning goal for the second consecutive game and for the third time in the series. He now has nine career game-winning goals in the postseason, the most in franchise history (one more than Jeremy Roenick).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Toews became the 24th player in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to record at least three game-winning goals in one series. The last player to accomplish that feat was Bruins forward David Krejci, who scored the decisive marker in three consecutive games versus the Flyers in the 2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
* Duncan Keith posted 1-3—4 to match playoff career highs in assists (also June 4, 2010 at PHI) and points (also April 21, 2011 at VAN). He led all defensemen with 55 helpers during the regular season, tying a career high set in 2009-10.
* Brent Seabrook added two assists in his return to the lineup. He now has recorded multiple points in all three of his appearances this postseason (2-4—6).
* Corey Crawford made 35 saves, including 17 in the second period, to pick up his 25th career postseason victory. He leads all goaltenders with 201 saves (on 215 shots, .935 SV%) in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* The Blackhawks improved to 8-3 in their 11 all-time postseason series versus the Blues and picked up their first head-to-head series victory since the 1992 Norris Division Semifinals. They now await the winner of the Avalanche-Wild series in the Second Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
2014 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BRACKET CHALLENGE
Among the more than half-million entries for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Can-Am on NHL.com, 89% picked the Ducks to win their series against the Stars (25% selected them to win in six games), while 69% picked the Blackhawks to win their series against the Blues (32% selected them to win in six games).
MOORE, RANGERS TAKE 3-2 SERIES EDGE OVER FLYERS
Dominic Moore posted 1-1—2, including the game-winning goal and the primary assist on the insurance marker in the final minute of regulation, to help the Rangers take a 3-2 series lead over the Flyers.
* Moore recorded the second game-winning goal of his postseason career and his first since April 28, 2010 (with the Canadiens). He has found the back of the net in each of the past two contests, the first time he has scored in consecutive games in his playoff career.
* Marc Staal potted the opening goal, snapping a 32-game drought dating to Jan. 26 (regular season and playoffs).
* Brad Richards added his 30th career postseason goal, becoming the 19th active player to reach the milestone.
* Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves to pick up his 34th career playoff victory. He now has won 10 of his last 11 games versus the Flyers at Madison Square Garden (regular season and playoffs), compiling a 1.37 goals-against average, .949 save percentage and two shutouts in those contests.
* All four of the Rangers’ goals came at even strength. They now have outscored the Flyers 12-5 at even strength in the series.
Seven of the eight First Round matchups in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs have featured at least one overtime game (NYR-PHI is the lone exception). Overall, 13 of the 41 games contested thus far in the postseason (31.7%) have gone past regulation . . . Stars defenseman Trevor Daley matched career highs (regular season and playoffs) with two goals (also Jan. 15, 2011 vs. ATL) and three points (also Dec. 31, 2011 vs. BOS) . . . Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier scored his 25th career playoff goal and first since May 17, 2011 (with the Lightning) . . . Stars forward Shawn Horcoff collected an assist to extend his point streak to five games (1-5—6) . . . The NHL announced that Game 6 between the Rangers and Flyers has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 29, in Philadelphia (NBCSN, TSN, RDS) . . . ICYMI: Celebrities Jim Carrey and Spike Leewere in attendance at the Rangers-Flyers game .
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Pittsburgh @ Columbus, PIT leads 3-2, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS, ROOT, FS-O
Colorado @ Minnesota, COL leads 3-2, 9:00 p.m., CNBC, TSN, RDS2, ALT, FS-N
San Jose @ Los Angeles, SJ leads 3-2, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS, CSN-CA, PRIME
Columbus, Minnesota and Los Angeles are looking to stave off elimination tonight with home-ice advantage. Through 41 games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs home teams are 28-13 (68%). Since 2011, home teams facing elimination (at any point in the series) are 29-15 (66%).
‘FIFTH LINE’ CAMPED OUT
Columbus Blue Jackets fans began camping out in front of Nationwide Arena on Sunday night in hopes of being first in line for Game 6 tickets. Columbus Blue Jackets forwardCam Atkinson surprised the 10 people at the front of the line by purchasing their tickets.
Source: NHL Media