MORNING STANLEY CUP OF JOE – MAY 20, 2013
BOSTON 2, NY RANGERS 1; BOS leads 3-0
The Bruins scored two third-period goals, including Daniel Paille’s game-winner with 3:31 left in regulation, to push the Rangers to the brink of elimination.
SAN JOSE 2, LOS ANGELES 1; series tied 2-2
Logan Couture’s second-period, power-play goal proved to be the game-winner, his second in as many games, as the Sharks held serve at home.
Boston’s fourth line of Daniel Paille (1-1—2), Gregory Campbell (0-1—1) and Shawn Thornton (0-2—2) generated both of the team’s goals. Paille scored his first playoff winner in his 56th career postseason game. Thornton’s two assists matched his point total from his previous 76 career playoff games combined.
Daniel Paille’s goal at 16:29 of the third period marked just the third go-ahead score in the final five minutes of regulation in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The other such goals were scored by St. Louis’ Barret Jackman (Game 2 WCQ vs. Los Angeles, 19:09) and Los Angeles’ Trevor Lewis (Game 2 WCS vs. San Jose, 18:39). (Elias)
HERE COMES JOHNNY
Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk scored the game-tying goal at 3:10 of the third period. He is the first Bruins blueliner to score four goals in the team’s first 10 games of a playoff year since Ray Bourque in 1991. Boychuk had one goal in 44 games during the regular season and has 14 tallies in 246 career regular-season contests. He has 10 goals in 55 career playoff games.
NEVER SAY NEVER
The Bruins won their second game this postseason when trailing after 40 minutes (2-2). Only the Senators (3‑3) have more such wins in the playoffs.
The Rangers had not lost in regulation-time in 99 consecutive games (regular season and playoffs) when leading after two periods. Their last such defeat was on Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 to the Capitals).
San Jose forward Logan Couture has 5-6—11 in eight games this postseason and leads the League in both power-play goals (5) and power-play points (8). He also is tied (with Los Angeles defenseman Slava Voynov) for the most game-winning goals (3) in the playoffs.
The last player whose first five goals of a playoff year all came on the power play was Dallas’ Mike Modano in 2008. (Elias)
San Jose captain Joe Thornton has been the ice for 17 goals-for and only one against in the playoffs (+6 rating). He ranks third in the League with eight assists and second with five power-play helpers.
The Sharks have scored at least one power-play goal in all four of their home games this postseason and lead the League with a 37.5% power-play conversion rate (9-for-24) on home ice. The team has converted just 6.2% (1‑for‑16) of its power-play opportunities on the road, where it has a 2-2 record.
The Sharks improved to 4-0 at home this postseason and have won seven consecutive games (regular season and playoffs) against the Kings at HP Pavilion. The last time Los Angeles won at the Shark Tank was in Game 5 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals, a series San Jose won in six games.
Over the last two playoff years, the Kings are 20-0 when scoring at least two goals and 2-8 when recording one goal or fewer. Their last five postseason losses have all been by 2-1 margins, including four such decisions this year. (Elias)
The Sharks outshot the Kings, 21-9, through the opening 40 minutes of Game 4, but Los Angeles had a 14‑2 shot advantage in the third period.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Bruins hold a 3-0 series lead over the Rangers for the first time since 1939. Boston ended up needing a Game 7 triple-overtime goal by Mel Hill to advance in that series. The Bruins went on to win the Stanley Cup two weeks later.
Five of Boston’s 10 goals this series have been scored by defensemen . . . New York’s loss snapped a nine-game winning streak at Madison Square Garden (regular season and playoffs) . . . The Bruins have won nine consecutive Game 3s . . . NY Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves, marking the 20th time in his career that he has posted 30 or more saves in a playoff game (9-11 record in those games) . . . The Kings fell to 1‑4 on the road this postseason; they went 10‑1 as visitors in the playoffs last year.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Pittsburgh @ Ottawa, Game 4, PIT leads 2-1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Source: NHL Media