Last season during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I put out a morning “noteworthy” column in the style of Trey Kerby’s “Things Of Note” posts on The Basketball Jones. This year I’ll be doing something similar (I think with some upgrades on my own previous attempts) using the NHL’s morning press release (“Stanley Cup of Joe,” they’re calling it), my own opinions, and some videos, .GIFs and appropriate pictures. Some facts are directly from NHL press releases. Hope you enjoy!
The Islanders did a couple amazing things against the hugely favoured Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday: they rolled over them out of the gate to take a 2-0 lead, then after relinquishing it and going down 4-2, they came back to push the game to overtime.
Then Crosby drew a penalty and the Penguins scored and the Islanders lost and *deflated balloon sound*.
The Penguins have won six straight road overtime games in the postseason dating to 2001. Only three other teams in NHL history have recorded six or more consecutive victories in road overtime games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs: the Canadiens (nine, from 1993 to 1998), Islanders (eight, from 1977 to 1981) and Hurricanes (six, from 2002 to 2006).
Oh, the Penguins are also pretty good on the powerplay:
The Penguins went 3-for-5 on the power play in Sunday’s win, including two goals in 19 seconds during the first period, to improve their success rate with the man advantage this postseason to 46.2% (6-for-13). Pittsburgh has scored at least one power-play goal in 10 of its last 11 games (including the regular season) and has netted a power-play marker in eight straight playoff games dating to last year (15-for-39, 38.5%).
Oh that’s not good
With the loss, the Islanders tied the NHL record for most consecutive playoff losses at home with seven. So there’s that.
Crosby had three assists on Sunday, giving him five points in his two games since returning. His career total in 70 playoff games is 95, fourth all-time in points-per-game by players with over 30 played.
The Senators beat the Canadiens in pretty much every conceivable way yesterday, running up the score to 6-1 (Paul MacLean took a timeout shortly after, because hey why not rub it in). When it was 4-1, the Habs were like “to hell with this, we’re not taking this lying down,” and decided to mostly get beat up off the next faceoff.
In game one of the Ottawa/Montreal series, Craig Anderson lost a tooth…then made 48 saves and was named first star. In Game 2, Carey Price lost a tooth…then made 29 saves and was named first star in the win. In Game 3, rookie Jean-Gabriel Pageau lost a tooth, and was also named first star after scoring a hat trick.
And that’s the end of it
There will be no supplementary discipline/hearings resulting from MON/OTT last night.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 6, 2013
There were some pretty violent plays, but I feel like it was stuff that should’ve been dealt with in-game by the referees.
Welllll, wait actually, let me walk that back a sec – this play below is awful and malicious:
Yeah, okay, that’s worth a suspension.
And then you’re left with…
Wild win in Minnesota
The Wild shocked the Blackhawks in overtime when Jason Zucker put home the winner. The cool part for the Wild is that they didn’t just get lucky and take a fluke win, they came outta the gates like gangbusters. They outshot Chicago in the first two periods 29-17.
Nine of Chicago’s last 11 postseason games have required overtime – they are 4-5 in those contests.
Lotta OT in general
Overall, there have been seven overtime games in the first 22 games (31.8%) of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Last year, a record 16 opening-round games (33.3%) went past regulation.
The Canucks are suddenly down in their series against the Sharks 5-2. Corey Schneider got the nod, which prompted the following quote from Joe Thornton:
“We felt Lou was playing great. We felt we were lucky not to play against Lou, to be honest.”
Alain Vigneault has a tough decision ahead.
Speaking no supplemental discipline
Via @AndrewCieslak, this proooobably should’ve cost Sedin a couple of bucks at the very least:
And from the NHL press release, here’s your “loose pucks”:
* San Jose forwards Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored nine seconds apart in the third period, one second off the franchise record for fastest two playoff goals
* NY Islanders forward Kyle Okposo kept the play onside and then scored on a breakaway for his second goal in as many games
* Pittsburgh defenseman Douglas Murray scored his third career playoff goal in his 60th postseason game. He has seven goals in 465 career regular-season contests
* NY Islanders forward John Tavares scored the game-tying goal, his first career postseason tally
* The Canadiens and Senators combined for 236 penalty minutes, the most in a playoff game since April 12, 1991
* Washington forward Mike Ribeiro was mic’d up when he assisted on Mike Green’s overtime winner in Game 2
* The Department of Player Safety announced that Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader has been suspended for two games for charging Anaheim defenseman Toni Lydman.