Noteworthy is a feature blatantly ripped off from Trey Kerby and The Basketball Jones crew that catches you up on everything you need to know from the night before in the NHL.
The hockey Sunday was simply terrific, to the point that I’m already starting to mourn the passing of the first round. Let’s jump in:
Well that’d be a first: If the teams currently up 3-2 in their series finish the job and the Capitals beat the Bruins, seven of the remaining eight playoff teams have never won the Cup. (s/t @jeffreybigmoney)
Also never happened: Two eight seeds have never successfully pulled off upsets in the same season – Ottawa is one win away from making that happen.
On to yesterday’s games.
Pittsburgh/Philadelphia, Flyers won 5-1
Series: Flyers won 4-2
Decent showing: Claude Giroux is only the second person to tally 14 points in a playoff series of fewer than seven games since 1993. The other? Sidney Crosby in 2010.
Big minutes: Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal all logged around 25 minutes last night, which is big for forwards. Might as well go down swinging.
Also used a lot: Claude Giroux took 32 faceoffs. The rest of the Flyers: Couturier - 12 (won 75% of them, by the way), Schenn - 9, Briere - 2, Read - 5, Talbot - 2. As in, he literally took more faceoffs than the rest of the team combined. (Similar situation in Pittsburgh – Crosby took 29, no one else took more than 15.)
Fired up: Giroux came out of the starting gate like a house on fire. Here’s Peter Laviolette’s post-game quote regarding him:
‘When the best player in the world comes up to you and says, ‘I don’t know who you’re starting tonight, but I want that first shift,’ that tells you everything you need to know about Claude Giroux.”
Is he the best player in the world? Well, I’m not sure, but if we’re talking forwards, he’s certainly in the conversation with Datsyuk, Crosby, Malkin, Toews, Stamkos, and the Sedins.
Giroux scored 32 seconds into the game, and did this beforehand:
The tide is turning: in the battle of Pennsylvania. The Flyers have now advanced past the first round three straight years (first time since 95-97, thanks to John Buccigross for that stat), while the Penguins have been bumped in the first round consecutive years.
Boston/Washington, Boston won 4-3
A first: The Bruins and the Capitals have played six games, all of which have been decided by one goal. That’s never happened in NHL history before.
Safety first: Washington turned the puck over 14 times to the Bruins six last night. If you happened to catch the OT winner, you know why I included this stat.
Curious: Claude Giroux took 32 draws, Crosby 29, what about the always tough-to-beat Patrice Bergeron, who played 19:41 last night? …One. He took one draw. I have no explanation for that.
Well-timed: Tyler Seguin rose up at a few big moments for the Bruins last year, and being that he led their team in points this year, they were hoping for more of the same. Yesterday he had the overtime winning goal, an assist, was plus two, had four shots and a takeaway in nearly 18 minutes of ice. Solid.
Yeesh: Tim Thomas has won a few big games in his day, but I’m not sure if he’s made bigger saves than the one below. Regardless of whether you think this was going in or not (I say it was), if Tomas isn’t getting over so quick Johansson doesn’t rush it as much, and likely scores.
Vancouver/Los Angeles, Los Angeles won 2-1
Series: LA took it in five
And a decade later: The Kings won their first playoff series since 2001, becoming the 10th #8 seed to upset the #1 seed all-time.
Oops: The Canucks etched their place in history as the 6th President’s Trophy winners to lose in the first round.
Scary stat: @JChaimo shared this with us: during Corey Schneider’s AHL career, he went 0-9 in playoff overtimes. This makes him 0 for his last 10. At some point that gets in your head, right? Like, by 0-5?
Home ice woes: The Canucks lost all three games at home against the Kings, scoring a whopping five totals goals over those games.
Hey, that was good: So Jarret Stoll scores the OT winner. The Kings were the #8 seed who just pulled off a huge upset. The goal clinched the series. You’re a rookie on the team. Aren’t you going bonkers? Check out Dwight King’s “Hey neat we scored a goal” reaction on this 2-on-1 with Stoll:
Rivaling Marc-Andre Fleury: Willie Mitchell blocked a whopping eight shots yesterday.
Swing and a miss: Henrik Sedin scored a nice goal on a pass from Daniel. Daniel jumped for the big, exuberant jump-hug that would’ve been awesome behind the net. Henrik ducked him to go celebrate alone, and it was hilarious. From the @passittobulis Twitter account:
Let’s get to the moving pictures: here’s the best plays from yesterday: