Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders - 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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Getting leads is dangerous

On back-to-back days three of the four games were decided by the teams who didn’t score first. The Isles (down 3-2 and 4-3, won 6-4), Sens (down 2-0, won 3-2 in OT) and Sharks (down 3-2, won 4-3 in OT) were all behind at some point before rallying to win.

Speaking of comebacks: three times in playoffs, already, a team has scored a goal in the final minute of regulation to tie things up and push the contest to overtime (Cory Conacher, Justin Williams, Patrick Marleau).

Canucks are done

They got swept by the Sharks. Surprisingly there have only been six sweeps in the opening round of playoffs since 2006 (72 total series, 8.3% of the time). It’s tough to beat any team four straight times in the NHL.

Blackhawks did their thing

They won 3-spit, with Patrick Sharp getting two for Chicago. Crawford’s shutout included 25 saves. Oh, and a scary thing for the Wild (and other teams): the Hawks lead the series 3-1 with only one combined goal by Toews, Kane and Hossa. They’re just warming up.

See-saw

The Islanders-Penguins game featured four score-tying goals, marking the first time there have been that many in a playoff game since May 29, 2010, when there were five such goals in Chicago’s 6-5 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Montreal/Ottawa

The game was considerably calmer than many (aside from myself) expected, as the game included a mere eight PIMs. Kyle Turris scored the OT winner on an odd play. It may have helped that Carey Price pulled his groin at the end regulation, and Budaj came in for OT.

Is that good?

Patrick Marleau scored in all four games against the Canucks. Here’s his OT winner:

The Streit stuff, other Isles notes

Mark Streit scored two goals, including the game-tying tally in the third period, and added an assist to become first Islanders defenseman to record three or more points in a playoff game since April 6, 1988, when Denis Potvin (1-2—3) achieved the feat for the 19th and final time in a 4-3 victory over the Devils.

Streit is only the third blueliner in Islanders history to score more than one goal in a playoff game and he’s the first to do so in 30 years. The other Islanders defenseman with a multi-goal game in the playoffs was Stefan Persson, who scored twice in Game 5 of the 1980 Stanley Cup Final at Philadelphia. (Elias)

Some love for John Tavares: 30 goals in 52 games so far this season. Nahbad.

And finally, Kyle Okposo scored four goals in the regular season. He has three in playoffs.

Fleury of goals

In his last 16 playoff contests Marc-Andre Fleury has posted a 3.68 goals-against average to go with his .864 save percentage.

Thanks to @ngreenberg and MacLeod33 for the .GIF

Tonight’s games

All Times Eastern

Boston @ Toronto, Game 4, BOS leads 2-1, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, CBC, RDS, NESN
Washington @ NY Rangers, Game 4, WSH leads 2-1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS2, CSN-DC, MSG
Los Angeles @ St. Louis, Game 5, series tied 2-2, 9:00 p.m., NHLN-US, CNBC, CBC, RDSI, FS-W, FS-MW
Detroit @ Anaheim, Game 5, series tied 2-2, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS, FS-D, FS-D+, PRIME