“Afternoon” STANLEY CUP OF JOE – MAY 11, 2013
WASHINGTON 2, NY RANGERS 1 (OT); WSH leads 3-2 Mike Ribeiro scored 9:24 into overtime, his first career playoff winner, and also won 19-of-27 face-offs (70.4%) to help the Capitals hold serve at home.
DETROIT 4, ANAHEIM 3 (OT); series tied 3-3 The Ducks rallied from a two-goal deficit with scores by Emerson Etem and Bobby Ryan 51 seconds apart late in the third period, but Henrik Zetterberg netted his second goal of the night, and first career playoff overtime winner, 64 seconds into the extra frame to force a decisive Game 7.
LOS ANGELES 2, ST. LOUIS 1; LA wins 4-2
Jonathan Quick made 21 saves and Dustin Penner’s goal with 0.2 seconds remaining in the second period held up as the game-winner as the Kings overcame a 2-0 series deficit for the second time in franchise history.
All six games of the Kings-Blues series were decided by one goal, marking only the second such series of six or more games in NHL postseason history.
The other happened in the opening round of last year’s playoffs, when all seven contests between the Capitals and Bruins featured one-goal margins.
The Kings-Blues series was tied or within one goal 98.8% of the time – St.
Louis had the only two-goal lead for 5:01 during the first period of Game 4.
The Kings won four straight games to overcome a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series for the second time in franchise history. The only other time they did so was in the 2001 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Red Wings, a series they also won in six games.
The Blues lost a series when leading 2-0 for the first time in franchise history (now 10-1).
TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE
For the second time in their series, the Ducks overcame a multi-goal, third-period deficit to force overtime. And, for the second time, the Red Wings won that game in the opening two minutes of the extra frame.
It also happened in Game 2, when the Ducks rallied from three goals down in the third period on the strength of goals by Ryan Getzlaf, Kyle Palmieri and Bobby Ryan. Gustav Nyquist proved to be the hero for the Red Wings that night, scoring the game-winner just 81 seconds into overtime.
60 IS NOT ENOUGH
Fifteen of the first 41 games (36.6%) of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs have required overtime. Last year, a record 16 opening-round games (33.3%) went past regulation. Home teams are 10-5 (.667) in overtime games this postseason; they went 4-12 (.250) in the opening round last year.
Home teams improved to 27-14 (.659) through 41 games of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Last year, home clubs went 39-47 (.453) during the postseason. The last time home teams had a winning percentage of .600 or higher during the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 1993, when they went 52-33 (.612). (Elias Sports Bureau)
CAPS, KINGS ROLL AT HOME
The Capitals have won 10 of their last 11 home playoff games against the Rangers dating to April 24, 2009, with their lone loss during that stretch coming in Game 3 of last year’s second-round meeting, a triple-overtime affair. The Capitals have outscored the Rangers, 25-10, in that span and have yielded more than one goal on only two occasions. (Elias Sports
The Kings have won 10 straight games at home dating to April 4. They also have won their last eight postseason meetings with the Blues at STAPLES Center.
Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg’s overtime winner was the 53rd postseason goal of his career, but the first to be scored past regulation. Before netting the decisive goal Friday, Zetterberg had owned the highest career playoff goal total among active players who had never scored an overtime marker in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That distinction now belongs to New Jersey’s Patrik Elias, who has scored 45 career postseason goals, none of which have come in overtime. (Elias Sports Bureau)
The Red Wings have played four overtime games in one series for the first time in their 86-year history.
REIM ON TIME
James Reimer’s 43 saves were the highest in a non-overtime playoff game by a Maple Leafs goaltender since April 9, 1983, when Mike Palmateer turned away 47 shots in a 6-3 win over the North Stars. That also was a game in which Toronto faced elimination, though the Maple Leafs eventually lost the series the following night. (Elias Sports Bureau)
Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk scored a highlight-reel, backhanded goal to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead in the first period. He later assisted on both of Henrik Zetterberg’s goals to move past the century mark in career postseason points. The 34-year-old Sverdlovsk, Russia, native ranks seventh among active players with 35-66—101 in 132 career playoff games.
Washington forward Alex Ovechkin has zero points in the last three games, the longest such stretch in his postseason career.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Maple Leafs scored two unassisted goals in a playoff game for the first time since netting three such tallies against the Blackhawks on May 7, 1995. (Elias Sports Bureau)
Tyler Bozak’s second-period tally was the first shorthanded goal by a Maple Leaf in the postseason since Travis Green scored while a man down against the Flyers on April 16, 2003. (Elias Sports Bureau)
Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick made a huge save in the third period to preserve the team’s lead . . . Toronto forward Mikhail Grabovski flipped the puck over the net and tried to bat in his first goal of the postseason . . . NY Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped Mathieu Perreault’s golden opportunity in overtime . . . The NHL announced that center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, right wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and center John Tavares of the New York Islanders are the three finalists for the 2012-13 Hart Memorial Trophy.
SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Pittsburgh @ NY Islanders, Game 6, PIT leads 3-2, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS, ROOT, MSG Plus
Source: NHL Media