Boston Bruins v New York Rangers - 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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Bruins/Rangers

Stayin’ alive

The Rangers won their fifth postseason overtime game in which they faced elimination. The last time they did so was in Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Final, when Stephane Matteau scored in double-overtime to defeat the Devils.

The winner

Good job, good effort, Dougie Hamilton.

Good job, good effort part deux

You serious, Tuukka? My god man. Even after falling there’s no reason not to just stop that puck.

Playoff performer

NY Rangers forward Chris Kreider scored his first career overtime goal (regular season or playoffs). He has six goals in 25 career postseason games, three of which have been game-winners. Kreider has just two goals in 23 career regular-season appearances, neither of which have been game-winners.

The King

NY Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves, including seven in the extra frame, to pick up his fourth victory in 15 career playoff overtime games. He improved to 5‑0 with a 0.98 goals-against average, .966 save percentage and two shutouts in his last five playoff games at Madison Square Garden in which the Rangers faced elimination.

Blackhawks/Red Wings

Uncommon

The Blackhawks were shut out for the first time this season (regular season and playoffs). It also was the third time they were shut out by the Red Wings in 78 all-time playoff meetings: Terry Sawchuk backstopped Detroit to a 3-0 win on March 31, 1964, and Roger Crozier led the team to a 7-0 victory on April 10, 1966.

First time they’ve been shut out all season, and the first time they’ve been beat three straight games this year. Ruh-roh.

Ndamukong Suh

Detroit Lions linebacker Ndamukong Suh attended the game, and learned about the Detroit tradition:

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Settle down now

At one point, Toews was trying so gosh darn hard he started to actually snap. It was after the below that Brent Seabrook physically skated over to the penalty box to say “calm the eff down, you’re not helping us like this”

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Physical Jonathans

It wasn’t just Toews getting into things physically, Jonathan Ericsson also did this to Bryan Bickell:

Hands off Jimmy

Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard improved to 5-1 with a 1.67 goals-against average and .950 save percentage in his last six games. His lone prior playoff shutout was on April 20, 2010, when he posted 29 saves in a 3‑0 victory over the Coyotes in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

Kings/Sharks

D up

The Kings have not allowed more than three goals in any of their last 31 playoff games dating to last year, an NHL record. The previous mark was set by the Red Wings, who went 27 games without allowing more than three goals in a postseason game from 2002-06. (Elias)

Good goaltending

Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick posted his 27th career postseason victory to pass Kelly Hrudey for sole possession of first place on the team’s all-time playoff wins list. Quick leads all netminders this postseason with a 1.50 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and three shutouts. He also has a 7‑0 record with a 1.14 goals-against average, .956 save percentage and three shutouts in his last seven home playoff games dating to last year.

At long last

There were no goals scored in last night’s Kings/Sharks game until late in the second, when Anze Kopitar made Tom Cruise happy by getting the ball rolling.

Loose Pucks

* The Kings improved to 21-0 when scoring at least two goals in the playoffs over the last two years

* Twenty-two of the last 28 meetings between the Rangers and Bruins (regular season and playoffs) have been decided by one goal

* Los Angeles defenseman Slava Voynov scored his fourth goal of the postseason, tied for first among blueliners

* Liam Neeson, Jason Bateman, John McEnroe, Alyssa Miller and Kate Bock were among the celebrities at the NY Rangers-Bruins game

* Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh rode the Zamboni at the Red Wings-Blackhawks game

Tonight’s Action

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, Game 5, PIT leads 3-1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS