2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs News And Notes

BOSTON 5, TORONTO 2; BOS leads 2-1
Tuukka Rask made 45 saves and five different Bruins scored to spoil the Maple Leafs’ first home playoff game since May 4, 2004.

NY RANGERS 4, WASHINGTON 3; WSH leads 2-1 Derek Stepan scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:25 remaining in regulation, his first career postseason winner, and Derick Brassard (1-2—3) recorded three points to lead the Rangers to their first win of the series.

DETROIT 3, ANAHEIM 2 (OT); series tied 2-2 Pavel Datsyuk tied the game late in the third period and rookie Damien Brunner scored 15:10 into overtime to lift the Red Wings.

LOS ANGELES 4, ST. LOUIS 3; series tied 2-2 Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams scored 1:16 apart in the third period to help the Kings overcome a one-goal deficit and even the series.

Three of Monday’s four winners overcame deficits to win.

The Rangers trailed the Capitals, 1-0, just 4:06 into Game 3, but evened the score less than nine minutes later and went on to claim their first victory of the series. New York was 8-16-3 when yielding the first goal during the regular season.

The Red Wings were behind, 1-0, heading into the third period and again trailed, 2-1, midway through the final frame, but evened the score in regulation and went on to win in overtime. Detroit was 2-11-3 when trailing after two periods during the regular season and 8-9-6 when allowing the first goal of the game.

The Kings trailed, 2-0, early in the first period and again, 3-2, after 40 minutes, but scored two third-period goals to even the series. Los Angeles was 3-11-0 when trailing heading into the third period during the regular season and 6-13-3 when giving up the game’s first goal.

In total, there were eight game-tying or go-ahead goals scored in the third period of Monday’s games: Washington-NY Rangers: 3, Anaheim-Detroit: 3 and St. Louis-Los Angeles: 2.

Detroit forward Gustav Nyquist is the first rookie in NHL history to record his first two playoff points in overtime (he scored the winning goal in Game 2 and collected the primary assist on Damien Brunner’s overtime tally Monday). He also is the first rookie in Red Wings history to register two overtime points in one playoff year. Since 2000, the only other NHL rookie with two overtime points in one season was Adam Henrique, who scored a pair of overtime goals for New Jersey last year. (Elias Sports Bureau)

Adam McQuaid, Jake Gardiner, Derick Brassard, Brendan Smith and T.J. Oshie each scored their first career playoff goal Monday, bringing the total number of players who have scored their first postseason goal this year to
30 (through 26 total games). Thirty-four players netted their first postseason goal in the opening-round (48 total games) of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Elias Sports Bureau)

Boston forward Nathan Horton has scored one goal in each of the Bruins’
first three games of the playoffs, including the game-winning goal in both of their wins (Game 1 and 3). Horton is only the second player in the last
20 years to score in each of Boston’s first three games of a playoff year.
The other Bruin to accomplish that feat since 1993 was Bill Guerin, who scored in each of Boston’s first four playoff games in 2002. (Elias Sports

Boston forward Jaromir Jagr recorded his 190th career playoff point to tie Brett Hull for sixth on the NHL’s all-time postseason scoring list. The 41-year-old Jagr has 78-112—190 in 183 career playoff games and leads all active NHLers in postseason scoring by 65 points.

The Kings have won 6-of-9 playoff series all-time in which they’ve won Game 4.

Derick Brassard’s three points (1-2—3) were the most by a Ranger in his home playoff debut since Sergei Zubov (1-2—3) on April 17, 1994. (Elias Sports Bureau)

The Bruins have won eight straight playoff games in Toronto, with their last loss coming March 31, 1959.

Tuukka Rask’s 45 saves were the most by a Bruins goaltender in a non-overtime playoff game since April 13, 1974, when Gilles Gilbert stopped an identical number of shots in a 6-3 win over the Maple Leafs. (Elias Sports Bureau)