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NHL Diary: Second Round of Playoffs Begins To Take Shape

MORNING SKATE: STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS EDITION APRIL 27, 2014

SATURDAYS RESULTS

(Home Team in Caps)

BOSTON 4, Detroit 2 BOS wins series 4-1

PITTSBURGH 3, Columbus 1 PIT leads 3-1

COLORADO 4, Minnesota 3 (OT) COL leads 3-2

Los Angeles 3, SAN JOSE 0 SJ leads 3-2

RASK, BRUINS CLOSE OUT RED WINGS

Tuukka Raskmade 31 saves, including 12 in the third period, to help the Bruins eliminate the Red Wings in five games and advance to the Second Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* After losing four of their first five meetings with the Red Wings in 2013-14 (regular season and playoffs) the Bruins won four consecutive games. Boston is now 8-7 in their 15 all-time postseason matchups with Detroit, including four straight series victories.

* Rask improved to 25-15 in his postseason career, including a 2.03 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and four shutouts in 40 appearances. He stopped 146-of-152 shots in the five-game series, compiling a 1.16 goals-against average, .961 save percentage and one shutout.

*Milan Lucic(1-12) scored his team-leading third goal of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and first postseason game-winner since May 3, 2010 (vs. PHI).

* DefensemenTorey Krug(0-22),Zdeno Chara(1-01) andDougie Hamilton(0-11) all found the scoresheet in Game 5. The trio combined for 11 points in the five-game series Krug: 1-45, Hamilton: 1-34, Chara: 2-02.

*Loui Erikssonrecorded his fifth career playoff goal and first since May 14, 2008, also versus the Red Wings.

* The Bruins went 2-for-6 on the power play. Six of their 14 total goals in the series came via the man-advantage (6-for-16, 37.5%) they ranked third in the NHL in power-play efficiency during the regular season, posting a 21.7% conversion rate (50-for-230).

* The Bruins outscored Detroit 14-6 in the series. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the six goals against ties a club record for fewest allowed in a series lasting at least five games. Boston held the Toronto to six goals in five games during the 1939 Stanley Cup Final.

2014 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BRACKET CHALLENGE

Among the more than half-million entries for the2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Can-Amon NHL.com, 83% picked the Bruins to win their series against the Red Wings just 30% selected them to win in five games.

BRUINS WILL FACE CANADIENS IN SECOND ROUND

The Bruins now will face the Canadiens in the Second Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with Boston having home-ice advantage.

This marks the 34th time the Bruins and Canadiens will meet in the postseason, a record in North American professional sports. Montreal holds a 24-9 series edge in their all-time matchups, but Boston has won seven of their last 11 meetings, including a seven-game victory in their most recent series in the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Canadiens won three of their four regular-season games versus the Bruins in 2013-14 (BOS: 1-2-1) the Red Wings (3-1-0) were the only other team to defeat Boston more than twice.

MacKINNON, AVALANCHE STORM BACK TO TAKE 3-2 SERIES LEAD

PA Parenteauscored thetying goal with 1:14 remaining in regulationandNathan MacKinnonpotted thegame-winner 3:27 into overtimeto power the Avalanche to a 3-2 series lead over the Wild.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, MacKinnon became the second-youngest player in NHL history to score an overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

YOUNGEST PLAYERS TO SCORE OT GOAL, POSTSEASON HISTORY

1.Don Gallinger(BOS): 17 years, 339 days vs. MTL on March 21, 1943

2.Nathan MacKinnon(COL): 18 years, 237 days vs. MIN on April 26, 2014

3.Patrice Bergeron(BOS): 18 years, 260 days vs. MTL on April 9, 2004

4.Jaromir Jagr(PIT): 19 years, 49 days vs. NJ on April 5, 1991

5.Ryan OReilly(COL): 19 years, 70 days vs. SJ on April 18, 2010

* MacKinnon (1-23) now leads the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 2-810 in five games. All 10 of his points have come on home ice.

* Parenteaus goal marked the fifth 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 five 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)

* Three of the five games in this series have required overtime. Overall, 12 of the 38 games contested in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (31.6%) have gone past regulation. In 2013, there were 27 overtime games (in 86 total games played, 31.4%), including a record 17 in 47 opening round contests (36.2%).

* The Avalanche recorded the 26th comeback victory of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (in 38 GP, 68.4%).

* The Wild and Avalanche now have contested 13 one-goal games in their 18 all-time postseason meetings, including 12 of their last 14 matchups (eight of which have required overtime) and four of five games in this series.

PENGUINS EDGE BLUE JACKETS TO TAKE 3-2 SERIES LEAD

Knotted at 1-1,Jussi Jokinenscored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to help the Penguins take a 3-2 series lead over the Blue Jackets.

* For the fifth time in as many games in this series, the team allowing the first goal came back to win. In every other First Round series, teams yielding the first goal are a combined 9-24.

* Jokinen potted his team-leading third goal and second game-winner of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (also, GWG in Game 3). Nearly half of his 12 career postseason goals have been decisive markers (5-of-12, 41.7%).

* The Penguins improved to 5-1 in their last six Game 5s. They also moved to 17-7 all-time in Game 5s contested in Pittsburgh, including a 7-3 mark in their last 10 such games. Of their last five series that have been tied 2-2, the Penguins now have won Game 5 four times.

* Both the Penguins (1-for-4) and Blue Jackets (1-for-2) scored via the power play. Of the 32 goals that have been recorded in this series, 15 have come via special teams (46.9% 11 PPG, 4 SHG).

* The Penguins fired 21 shots on goal in the second period, matching a franchise playoff record for one frame (established April 15, 1975 vs. NYI).

DID YOU KNOW?

When a best-of-seven series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 has gone on to advance 180 out of 227 times (79.3%) in Stanley Cup Playoffs history (courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau).

QUICK, KINGS FORCE GAME 6 VERSUS SHARKS

Jonathan Quickstopped all 30 shots he faced to record his eighth career playoff shutout and help the Kings force a Game 6 versus the Sharks.

* The Kings snapped a five-game playoff losing streak versus the Sharks at SAP Center. They also picked up their second victory in their last 14 visits to San Jose (regular season and playoffs).

* After allowing 16 goals in the first three games of the series (.852 SV%), Quick has denied 66-of-69 shots (.957 SV%) over the past two contests.

*Tyler Toffoliscored the winning goal for the second consecutive game and now has 4-610 in 17 career postseason outings. He tied for first among rookies with five game-winning goals during the regular season.

*Anze Kopitarrecorded his first goal of the playoffs to extend his point streak to eight games dating to the regular season (5-510).

*Jeff Carteralso found the back of the net and now has posted one point in each game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (2-35). He has a nine-game postseason point streak dating to June 2, 2013 (3-710).

STARTING TIMES SET FOR MONDAYS FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE

The NHL announced the updated starting times and national broadcast information for the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

* The starting time for Game 6 between the Penguins and Blue Jackets has been set for 7:00 p.m. ET on Monday, April 28, in Columbus (NBCSN, CBC).

* The starting time for Game 6 between the Avalanche and Wild has been set for 9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CT on Monday, April 28, in Minnesota (CNBC, TSN).

* The starting time for Game 6 between the Sharks and Kings has been set for 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT on Monday, April 28, in Los Angeles (NBCSN, CBC).

LOOSE PUCKS

Blue Jackets goaltenderSergei Bobrovskymade a career-high 48 saves (regular season and playoffs) . . . Red Wings captainHenrik Zetterberg(1-12) posted his 56th career playoff goal and 53rd since 2005-06, the most of any player. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he now has found the back of the net in six of his last seven potential postseason elimination games . . . Blue Jackets forwardBoone Jennerscored for the third consecutive game to extend his point streak to seven games dating to the regular season (4-48) . . . Wild forwardZach Pariserecorded his 23rd career playoff goal to stretch his point streak to six games dating to the regular season (2-57) . . . Sharks goaltenderAlex Stalockstopped all 22 shots he faced in relief ofAntti Niemi. . . San Francisco GiantsSergio Romoand San Francisco 49ersMichael Crabtreeattended the Sharks game at SAP. . . The Department of Player Safety fined Stars forwardRyan Garbutt$1,474.36, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for spearing Ducks forwardCorey Perryduring Game 5 of the teams First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series . . . The Capitals announced that they will not renew the contract of vice president and general managerGeorge McPheeand that they have relieved head coachAdam Oatesof his duties.

SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAYS ACTION

All Times Eastern

Philadelphia @ NY Rangers,series tied 2-2, 12:00 p.m., NBC, TSN, RDS

St. Louis @ Chicago,CHI leads 3-2, 3:00 p.m., NBC, CBC, RDS

Anaheim @ Dallas,ANA leads 3-2, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW

 

Source: NHL Public Relations



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