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.
One series got close
The Sharks beat the Kings by a score of 2-1 to tie the series at two games apiece.
The Bruins snuck by the Rangers 2-1 to push their series lead against the Rangers to 3-0.
Good excuse to use this picture again:
Anyway, Paille had a goal and an assist, and did tremendous work for the Bruins on both goals, winning puck battles and skating east-west while moving the puck north-south and hounding rebounds. Coaches everywhere just adored his game.
The spin on this puck so that it doesn’t go in initially is insane. The thing landed like a reaction ball (replays starting at 0:40 are best):
Shawn Thornton also had two assists in the game, which ties his total from his previous 76 games.
Did not see that coming
Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk scored the game-tying goal at 3:10 of the third period. He is the first Bruins blueliner to score four goals in the team’s first 10 games of a playoff year since Ray Bourque in 1991. Boychuk had one goal in 44 games during the regular season and has 14 tallies in 246 career regular-season contests. He has 10 goals in 55 career playoff games.
The Rangers had not lost a game when heading into the third period with a lead in 99 contests (last time was Feb. 4th, 2010)
Last time the Bruins led the Rangers 3-0 in a playoff series was 1939. Series ended up going seven, when the Bruins (Mel Hill) scored in triple overtime to push the B’s past.
Doesn’t take much
But you have to score more than one, LA:
Over the last two playoff years, the Kings are 20-0 when scoring at least two goals and 2-8 when recording one goal or fewer. Their last five postseason losses have all been by 2-1 margins, including four such decisions this year. (Elias)
Joe Thornton is so damn good. I intend to write more about this goal later, but here it is, the first goal of the game:
The Sharks improved to 4-0 at home this postseason and have won seven consecutive games (regular season and playoffs) against the Kings at HP Pavilion. The last time Los Angeles won at the Shark Tank was in Game 5 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals, a series San Jose won in six games.
The Sharks are also 9 for 24 on the powerplay at home (37.5%), and one for 16 (6.2%) on the road.
The Kings out-shot the Sharks 14-2 in the third after getting out-shot 21-9 through 40 minutes.
* Five of Boston’s 10 goals this series have been scored by defensemen (Bruins have 26 total points by d-men, Rangers have 11)
* New York’s loss snapped a nine-game winning streak at Madison Square Garden (regular season and playoffs)
* The Bruins have won nine consecutive Game 3s
* NY Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves, marking the 20th time in his career that he has posted 30 or more saves in a playoff game (9-11 record in those games)
* The Kings fell to 1‑4 on the road this postseason; they went 10‑1 as visitors in the playoffs last year.
Pittsburgh @ Ottawa, Game 4, PIT leads 2-1, 7:30 p.m. EST, NBCSN, CBC, RDS