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 Los Angeles Kings won at home, as they always do, in Game 3 by a score of 3-1 to bring the Blackhawks series lead to 2-1. Facts, stats and couple videos ahead.
Voynov to the races
Slava Voynov scored the game-winner last night, as he has a few times in playoffs this season. The stats are a lot cooler than the video, let’s put it that way. But we’ll get there. Info first:
Defenseman Slava Voynov has scored four game-winning goals this postseason, tying the NHL record for most game-winning scores by a blueliner in one playoff year. The other defensemen to do so are all Hockey Hall of Famers: Paul Coffey (1985 Oilers), Al MacInnis (1989 Flames) and Brian Leetch (1994 Rangers). All three of those players also won the Stanley Cup the year in which they recorded four game-winning goals. (Elias)
His four game-winning goals lead all players this postseason and also establish a franchise record for most game-winners in a single playoff year (surpassing the previous mark of three set by Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Wayne Gretzky).
Voynov’s five goals and plus-10 rating are both tied for first among defensemen in playoffs, and his 11 points are good for second to only Kris Letang.
Slava Voynov is the youngest defenseman (23 years, 140 days) to record his fourth playoff game-winning goal since Bobby Orr (23 years, 21 days on April 11, 1971).
But enough on him.
So the video, then
He broke his stick and ended up hitting a broken-bat single.
And people are talking about it. Basically, Jeff Carter went to slash his ungloved hand, so Keith gave him a one-handed thwack with his stick to the chops. It came off a lot worse than he intended, as evidenced by the fact that he tried to apologize to Carter twice. (As Dave Lozo noted, Carter basically responded with “stuff your sorries in a sack, mister!” and skated away.) But here, judge for yourself. People are talking suspension.
My thoughts: they’d pull the trigger on a one-gamer in the regular season, won’t in playoffs.
I mean, I don’t think this save will get the type of airtime as other diving saves, or even his glove-down-on-ice stop on Pavelski from last round, but I think it’s the best I’ve seen in a long, long time. He opens up his hand to get farther stretched and still use the full width of the blocker, and gets just enough of it with three minutes left in a one goal game.
Still good there. Undefeated this post-season, 15 straight total.
First goal, Kings, etc.
Undefeated (22-0-0) when they score this first goal in 2013.
UFA Brian Bickell
You have to add the “UFA” first because that’s how everyone is talking about him. Who wants the next Ville Leino!??
Anyway, he now has seven post-season goals, just one less than leaders Patrick Sharpe and David Krejci.
* Drew Doughty logged a team-high 25:50 of ice time. He leads all players in time on ice this postseason (441:19)
* Jeff Carter collected two assists (he also played great)
* Justin Williams has four goals in his last four games
* The Kings killed off both power-plays they faced, improving to 20-for-21 (95.2%) on the penalty kill at home this postseason
* Since scoring the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in 2010, Patrick Kane has three goals in his last 28 playoff games - Jonathan Toews has four in that same span
Pittsburgh @ Boston, Game 3, BOS leads 2-0, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS