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.
The Bruins did it again
The Bruins won in overtime for the third time this post-season, utterly dominating the Rangers in the extra frame before Patrice Bergeron found an open Brad Marchand on a rush, who batted the puck under Lundqvist’s out-stretched pad. The NHLPA tweeted this badass picture of the celebration with Chara:
The Los Angeles Kings were down a goal with a couple minutes left in regulation when they found themselves on a 5-on-3. They scored two powerplay goals, and whammo: Kings up 2-spit.
The Bruins and Kings both overcame third-period deficits to win Thursday. Twenty-four of the 52 games this postseason (46.2%) have been won by clubs that had trailed in the contest, including 12 by teams that were down in the third period (23.1%).
The Kings’ comeback marked the 11th game this postseason in which a game-tying or go-ahead goal was scored in the final five minutes of regulation.
He scored the OT winner in Game 7 for the Bruins in round one, and he set up Marchand’s OT winner last night. Most frustrating thing for Lundqvist had to be that he was over there in time, almost over too quick, so the Marchand shot ends up going sort of under his pad/five-hole.
Home teams improved to 35-17 (.673) in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 5-0 record in the second round. The last time home teams had a winning percentage of .600 or higher during the NHL postseason was in 1993, when they went 52-33 (.612).
No easy nights
Well, very few easy nights, anyway.
Thirty of the first 52 games this postseason (57.7%) have featured one-goal margins.
Twenty of the last 25 meetings between the Rangers and Bruins (regular season and playoffs) have been decided by one goal. Three of their four games this year (regular season and playoffs) have required overtime.
Torey Krug was called into the Bruins line-up to patch up a depleted D corps, and he scored his first NHL goal, tying the game up at two. Ryan McDonagh and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored their first post-season goals last night.
The final minutes
Here’s the full highlight package, if you’d like to see how the game unfolded:
Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara, who logged 38:02 of ice time, scored the game-opening goal, assisted on the overtime winner and recorded nine shots on goal. He is only the third defenseman since 1999 to score a goal and register at least nine shots on goal in a playoff game, joining Boston’s Ray Bourque (one goal, 10 shots in a double-overtime victory against the Hurricanes in 1999) and Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson (one goal, 10 shots in an overtime win versus the Rangers last year). (Elias)
Chara has 2-7—9 during a five-game point streak. He leads all defensemen with eight assists and 10 points in eight games this postseason.
* NY Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 45 saves, including 15 after regulation, but fell to 3-11 in overtime games during his playoff career
* San Jose forward Scott Gomez collected two assists to eclipse the 100-point plateau in his postseason career. He ranks eighth among active players with 29-72—101 in 144 career playoff games
* Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter scored the team’s first goal of the game and has 4-2—6 in his past five contests
* San Jose defenseman Brad Stuart (1-1—2) recorded his first multi-point playoff game since April 23, 2009
Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, Game 2, PIT leads 1-0, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS