Stanley Cup Playoffs News And Notes
MORNING STANLEY CUP OF JOE – JUNE 2, 2013
CHICAGO 2, LOS ANGELES 1; CHI leads series 1-0
The Blackhawks trailed 1-0 after the first period despite outshooting the Kings 17-2 but received second-period goals from Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa to take Game 1 of the Western Conference Final.
BRUINS 3, PENGUINS 0; BOS leads series 1-0
Nathan Horton (1-2—3) and David Krejci (2-0—2) led the way offensively and Tuukka Rask made 29 saves for his first career Stanley Cup playoff shutout.
SHARP TAKES GOAL-SCORING LEAD
Chicago forward Patrick Sharp tallied his League-leading eighth goal of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, one ahead of Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Pascal Dupuis, and Boston’s David Krejci.
HOSSA GOALS LEAD TO WINS
Chicago forward Marian Hossa scored his 42nd career playoff goal. Thirty-eight of those goals have come in games which his team won, including each of his past 17 playoff tallies (Elias).
Twelve of the Kings’ 14 playoff games have been decided by one goal (6-6). Dating to last year, Los Angeles has played in 11 consecutive one-goal playoff road games, tying an NHL playoff record set by the Buffalo Sabres from 2007 to 2011 (Elias).
KREJCI PACING BRUINS’ ATTACK
Boston forward David Krejci increased his League-leading playoff points total to 7-12–19 in 13 games, three ahead of the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin (4-12–16) and Kris Letang (3-13–16). Krejci led the League in goals (12) and points (23) during the Bruins’ Stanley Cup title run in 2011.
Krejci tallied his fifth multi-goal game in postseason play since 2010. The only other NHL players with as many multiple-goal games over the last four playoff years are the Kings’ Jeff Carter (five) and the Sharks’ Joe Pavelski (five). (Elias)
HORTON A MAJOR PLUS
Boston forward Nathan Horton led all players yesterday with a +3 rating, improving his League-leading total in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs to +17 in 13 games. The last player to finish a postseason with a superior plus-minus rating was New York Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch (+19 in 1994).
The Penguins were shut out for the first time in 96 games (Toronto, Feb. 1, 2012) and in a Stanley Cup Playoff game for the first time since a 1-0 loss in Game 7 of the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals, when Dwayne Roloson made 36 saves for Tampa Bay. The Penguins were averaging a League-best 4.27 goals-per-game in the 2013 playoffs entering Game 1.
TOUGH TO BEAT
The four starting goaltenders Saturday have combined to post a 1.79 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Corey Crawford, 1.65 GAA and .939 save %; Jonathan Quick, 1.54 GAA and .947 save %; Tuukka Rask, 2.06 GAA and .933 save %; and Tomas Vokoun, 1.98 GAA and .937 save %).
The Blackhawks killed off two Kings power plays to remain perfect at home this postseason (23-for-23) and 42-for-43 (97.7%) overall… The Kings allowed fewer than three goals for the 34th consecutive playoff game, extending their NHL record… The team winning Game 1 of a Conference Final has won the series 70.4% of the time.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Los Angeles @ Chicago, Game 2, 8 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Source: NHL MediaStanley Cup Playoffs News And Notes by Matthew Sardo