St Louis Blues v Los Angeles Kings - Game Four

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. Quoted passages are from the NHL press release.

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Don’t call it a comeback

Actually, wait, do. Last night the Rangers trailed the Capitals 1-0 and went on to win 4-3 in Madison Square Garden, the Red Wings also went down a goal before eventually winning 3-2 in overtime, and the Kings went down 2-spit before pulling out a 4-3 win.

Boston however, went ahead and stayed ahead for the duration of the evening.

Pavel Dat-doesn’t-syuk

At all. How about this for top cheddar:

Nathan Horton and Justin Williams also scored goals that were juuuust under the bar.

Clutch

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.

Watch

Nyqvist earns his point with his speed by pushing the D back. Maybe Hiller should’ve come out sooner for the poke, but it’s bad luck that it goes off his own d-man’s shoulder and back into him.

Off and running

Five players scored their first career playoff goals yesterday: Jake Gardiner, Adam McQuaid, Brendan Smith, Derick Brassard and TJ Oshie (2).

Consistent

Nathan Horton has a goal in all three Bruins/Leafs games, two of which were game winners. Last dude to do that in Boston: Bill Guerin, 2002, who scored in the B’s first four playoff games.

Game-winner

As mentioned earlier, Justin Williams game winner was amongst a number of goals so top corner that people weren’t sure if it even went in. Around the :55 second mark:

What’s with Brian Elliott trying to make a cross-body back-catcher style save there? Use your big boy blocker, friend.

Movin’ on up

Jaromir Jagr scored his 190th playoff point (in 183 games) to tie Brett Hull for sixth overall all-time. He leads all active players, with a cushion of 65 points.

Bit of a roll

The Bruins have won eight straight playoff games in Toronto, dating back to 1959.

Tonight’s action:

Pittsburgh @ NY Islanders, Game 4, PIT leads 2-1, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, ROOT, MSG Plus
Montreal @ Ottawa, Game 4, OTT leads 2-1, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, CBC, RDS
Chicago @ Minnesota, Game 4, CHI leads 2-1, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, CSN-CH, FS-N
Vancouver @ San Jose, Game 4, SJ leads 3-0, 10:00 p.m., CNBC, TSN, RDS, CSN-CA