Stanley Cup Playoffs News and Notes

MORNING STANLEY CUP OF JOE – JUNE 9, 2013

SATURDAY’S RESULT

CHICAGO 4, LOS ANGELES 3 (2OT); CHI wins 4-1
Patrick Kane scored 11:40 into the second overtime to complete his second career playoff hat trick and Corey Crawford made 33 saves to backstop Chicago to its second Stanley Cup Final appearance in the last four years.

HAT-TRICK KANE
Chicago forward Patrick Kane is just the third player in NHL history to score three goals, including an overtime tally, in a series-clinching win. The others were St. Louis’ Jorgen Pettersson in Game 4 of the 1984 Norris Division Semifinals versus Detroit and Edmonton’s Esa Tikkanen in Game 7 of the 1991 Smythe Division Semifinals against Calgary. (Elias)

The last player to record a hat trick in a game in which his team clinched a Stanley Cup Final berth was Los Angeles’ Wayne Gretzky, who did so in Game 7 of the 1993 Western Conference Final versus Toronto. (Elias)

Kane’s other postseason hat trick came on May 11, 2009, in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Vancouver. He has two career game-winning goals in 68 playoff games, the first of which came in overtime of Game 6 of the 2010 Final versus Philadelphia.

Prior to Game 4, Kane had three goals in his last 28 playoff games. He has scored four times over the last two contests.

CARDIAC KINGS
Los Angeles forward Mike Richards scored the game-tying goal with 9.4 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. The last time a team recorded a tying goal with less than 10 seconds remaining in the third period of a game in which it faced elimination was on April 19, 2004, when Vancouver’s Matt Cooke scored with 5.7 seconds left in regulation to force overtime in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals versus Calgary. The Canucks eventually lost that game in overtime. (Elias)

HIGH FIVE
Chicago forward Bryan Bickell recorded at least one point in all five games of the Western Conference Final, totaling 3-4—7, including two assists Saturday. Bickell has 8-5—13 in 17 games this postseason, all career highs. He is tied for second in the League in goals (with teammate Patrick Sharp) and ranks ninth in points.

HELPING HAND
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews collected two assists, including the only helper on Patrick Kane’s overtime winner. Toews has recorded three two-assist games in the playoffs (17 games); he had five such games during the regular season (47 games).

OVERTIME AND HOME TRENDS
Each of the 14 series contested thus far in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs has had at least one overtime game. That had never happened since all four rounds went to the best-of-seven format in 1987.

There have been 24 total overtime games. Home teams are 18-6 (.750) in those contests, including eight consecutive wins.

Overall, home teams are 56-24 (.700) in the playoffs. The NHL record for most wins by home clubs in one playoff year is 57, set in 92 games during the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs (.620). The last time home teams had a winning percentage of .600 or higher during the postseason was in 1993, when they went 52-33 (.612).

DÉJÀ VU
The Kings are the third straight defending Stanley Cup champion to be eliminated from the postseason via an overtime loss. The 2011 Blackhawks lost to the Canucks in overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals and the 2012 Bruins lost to the Capitals in overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

NO REPEAT
A team hasn’t repeated as Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings won in both 1997 and 1998.

ROYAL RECORD
Game 5 marked the longest game in Kings franchise history. Their longest prior contest was Game 5 of the 1993 Smythe Division Final, when Gary Shuchuk scored at 6:31 of double-overtime to give Los Angeles a 4-3 victory over Vancouver.

DID YOU KNOW?
Chicago’s win marks the fifth time (under the current playoff format) that a team has advanced to the Stanley Cup Final on a series-clincher in double-overtime. (ESPN Stats & Information)

AROUND THE TWITTERVERSE
Nate Silver ‏(@fivethirtyeight)
Maybe the best live sporting event I’ve been to. Hard to beat NHL playoff OT. pic.twitter.com/RHR942q9Wy

Dierks Bentley ‏(@DierksBentley)
i am going to a #nhl #stanleycup game. #blackhawks #bruins…. if you don’t watch hockey, you need to start. sick game tonight. double OT

Rahm Emanuel ‏(@RahmEmanuel)
Congrats to @nhlblackhawks on winning the Western Conference. We’ll be ready for @nhlbruins & the first all #originalsix finals since 1979.

David Boreanaz ‏(@David_Boreanaz)
Congratulations hawks and Chicago , what a game by Kane! Pure @NHL final on the way.

LOOSE PUCKS
The Blackhawks improved to 9-1 at home this postseason and 6-1 in one-goal games (3-1 in overtime) . . . Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith scored the game-opening goal and logged a game-high 40:12 . . . Los Angeles forward Dwight King scored the first shorthanded goal of his career (regular season or playoffs) . . . Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick recorded his first postseason point with an assist on King’s goal . . . Los Angeles forward Anze Kopitar scored his first power-play goal in 94 games (regular season and playoffs) . . . A year after going 10-1 on the road in the postseason, the Kings finished the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 1-8 record as visitors.

STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE
All Times Eastern
Game 1 – Boston @ Chicago: Wednesday, June 12 – 8:00 p.m., NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 2 – Boston @ Chicago: Saturday, June 15 – 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Game 3 – Chicago @ Boston: Monday, June 17 – 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Game 4 – Chicago @ Boston: Wednesday, June 19 – 8:00 p.m., NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 5 – Boston @ Chicago: Saturday, June 22 – 8:00 p.m., NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 6 – Chicago @ Boston: Monday, June 24 – 8:00 p.m., NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 7 – Boston @ Chicago: Wednesday, June 26 – 8:00 p.m., NBC, CBC, RDS

* if necessary

MORNING SIPS
* This marks the first all-Original Six matchup in the Stanley Cup Final since 1979, when the Canadiens defeated the Rangers in five games.

* The Blackhawks and Bruins have faced off six previous times in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but never in a Final. Their most recent meeting was 35 years ago, when Boston swept Chicago in the 1978 Quarterfinals.

* The Blackhawks and Rangers now are the only Original Six pairing never to meet in a Stanley Cup Final.

* Both teams enter the Final on hot streaks: the Blackhawks have won seven of their last eight games, including five straight at home, while the Bruins have won nine of their last 10 contests, including five in a row.

* Teams representing Chicago and Boston/New England have met in two prior championships in the major North American sports leagues: Super Bowl XX, when the Bears defeated the Patriots (46-10), and the 1918 World Series, when the Red Sox beat the Cubs in six games.

Source: NHL Media

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