MORNING STANLEY CUP OF JOE – MAY 10, 2013
PITTSBURGH 4, NY ISLANDERS 0; PIT leads 3-2 Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves in his first playoff start since April 20, 2007, and the Penguins scored three second-period goals, capped by Sidney Crosby ’s highlight-reel tally, to regain the series lead.
OTTAWA 6, MONTREAL 1; OTT wins 4-1
Craig Anderson recorded 33 saves and four Senators had multi-point performances to help the team advance to the second round of the postseason for the first time since 2007.
CHICAGO 5, MINNESOTA 1; CHI wins 4-1
Marian Hossa scored twice and Marcus Kruger’s first career postseason goal proved to be the game-winner as the Blackhawks won a playoff series for the first time since hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2010.
A LONG WAIT
Pittsburgh goaltender Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves for his second career postseason shutout and first in nine years and 26 days – a 41-save, 3-0 victory for the Predators over the Red Wings on April 13, 2004, in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. That’s the third-longest gap between playoff shutouts by any goaltender in NHL history. The two larger gaps were by “Sugar Jim” Henry, who recorded shutouts 10 years and 10 days apart (1942 and 1952), and Brian Boucher, who went 10 years and six days
(2000 and 2010) between blank sheets. (Elias Sports Bureau)
The Penguins are the first NHL team in 34 years to have two goaltenders record shutouts in the same playoff series (Marc-Andre Fleury also shut out the Islanders this series with 26 saves in Game 1). The last tandem to accomplish that feat was Billy Smith and Chico Resch, who each posted clean sheets for the Islanders against the Blackhawks in 1979. (Elias Sports
Shutouts by Two Goaltenders in Same Series, Stanley Cup Playoff History
Year: Team – First Goaltender / Second Goaltender
2013: Pittsburgh – Marc-Andre Fleury/ Tomas Vokoun
1979: NY Islanders – Chico Resch / Billy Smith
1976: Boston – Gerry Cheevers / Gilles Gilbert
1975: Philadelphia – Bernie Parent / Wayne Stephenson
1972: Boston – Gerry Cheevers / Eddie Johnston
1965: Montreal – Charlie Hodge / Gump Worsley
Pittsburgh goaltender Tomas Vokoun has played in five games against the Islanders this season (regular season and playoffs), compiling a 4-0 record with a 0.69 goals-against average, .977 save percentage and two shutouts.
He has more regular-season shutouts against the Islanders (five) than any other team in his NHL career. Thursday marked Vokoun’s fourth playoff victory – his last postseason win came on April 13, 2007.
SENATORS-CANADIENS: INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Senators outscored the Canadiens, 13-0, in the third period and overtime of their five-game series. That marks the largest disparity for the third period/overtime of a single series in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The previous record was set in 1944, when the Canadiens outscored the Maple Leafs, 13-1, in the third period/overtime of their first-round series.
The 13-0 margin also marks the largest shutout disparity for the third period/overtime of a single series in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The previous record was set in 1958, when the Canadiens outscored the Red Wings, 9-0, in the third period/overtime of their first-round series. (Elias Sports Bureau)
Goals by Period Senators Canadiens
1st Period 4 2
2nd Period 3 7
3rd Period/OT 13 0
Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson stopped 171 of the 180 shots he faced in five games against the Canadiens. His .950 save percentage leads all netminders in the playoffs, while his 1.80 goals-against average ranks third. Anderson led all goaltenders during the regular season with a .941 save percentage and 1.69 goals-against average in 24 appearances.
Chicago forward Marian Hossa totaled three points (2-1—3) in Chicago’s series-clinching victory, marking the sixth time in his NHL career that he has recorded three or more points in a postseason game and the third time he has done so in a series-clinching win by his team. Hossa scored four points (1-3—4) for the Penguins in their decisive Game 5 victory over the Flyers in 2008 and three points (0-3—3) for the Blackhawks in their clinching Game 6 win over the Predators in 2010. (Elias Sports Bureau)
Pittsburgh forward Tyler Kennedy, who was a healthy scratch for the first four games against the Islanders, scored the team’s first goal, which proved to be the game-winner. Kennedy has 11 career playoff goals, six of which are game-winners. He also has 13 assists and 22 points in 31 career regular-season games against the Islanders, his highest versus any NHL opponent.
Pittsburgh defenseman Douglas Murray scored his second goal of the playoffs Thursday. Murray had eight goals in 508 career games (regular season and
playoffs) with the Sharks. He has three tallies in 19 games (regular season and playoffs) since joining the Penguins on March 25.
GAME 5 WOES
The Islanders have lost 10 straight Game 5s dating to 1988. Their last Game
5 victory was on April 14, 1987, when they defeated the Capitals, 4-2, before eventually advancing in seven games.
Ottawa forward Daniel Alfredsson scored his 49th career playoff goal, which is 32 more than any other player in Senators franchise history . . .
Chicago forward Patrick Sharp netted his fifth goal of the playoffs, tied for the League lead with Boston’s David Krejci . . . The NHLPA announced that Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award.
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Toronto @ Boston, Game 5, BOS leads 3-1, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, CBC, RDS, NESN NY Rangers @ Washington, Game 5, series tied 2-2, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS2, MSG, CSN-DC Anaheim @ Detroit, Game 6, ANA leads 3-2, 8:00 p.m., CNBC, TSN2, RDSI, KDOC, FS-D St. Louis @ Los Angeles, Game 6, LA leads 3-2, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS, FS-MW, PRIME
Source: NHL Media