Chicago Blackhawks v Los Angeles Kings - Game Three

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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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)

Voynov scored two of his game-winners in the opening round versus St. Louis (Game 3 and Game 5) and one in the Western Conference Semifinals against San Jose (Game 1).

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.

Also…

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.

Duncan Keith did a thing

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.

Jonathan Quick made one the best saves I’ve ever seen

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.

Kings, home, etc.

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.

Loose Pucks

* 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

* Celebrities Jim BelushiTom Cruise and Al Michaels attended Game 3

Tonight’s Action

Pittsburgh @ BostonGame 3, BOS leads 2-0, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS

Comments (7)

  1. Shame that GWG is a completely meaningless stat. The second goal of a 8-1 slaughter counts for the same as a 1-0 OT winner.

  2. “My thoughts: they’d pull the trigger on a one-gamer in the regular season, won’t in playoffs.”

    Keith has a history, so the suspension would (according to the rules) need to be at least 2 games. In regards to your comment that this is the playoffs, are we now saying that intentionally slashing a guy in the face is not ok, unless it’s the playoffs?

    …because it’s the cup?

    • What rule requires two-game suspensions for repeat offenders?
      Ference was considered a repeat offender and was still only given a game for his elbow in Round 1.

      • http://www.nhlfa.com/CBA/cba_agreement39.asp

        c) The status of the offender, and specifically whether he
        is a first time or repeat offender. Players who repeatedly
        violate NHL rules will be more severely punished for each
        violation.

        He’s been suspended already, within the past 18 months for an elbow (on Sedin I think?). But the letter, his subsequent suspension, as a repeat offender, requires a lengthier suspension. So, the minimum should be at least 2 games now.

        • You misunderstand its intent.

          The rule there is speaking to financial aspects. Otherwise, a minor offense would automatically require more severe punishment when preceded by a severe infraction. That makes no sense.

          Instead, the rules are as they stand now where you lose more money for follow-up suspensions. For the your first suspension, the money lost is the number of games divided by the length of the season (5 games over 180 days). For following suspensions, it is divided by number of games (5 games over 82 games) effectively doubling the fine.

          There is no way you can justify automatic minimums for discipline. Would mean that Torres would HAVE to get 25+ games for his next infraction regardless of how minimal it was.

          • As far as I can tell, the rule discusses and explains BOTH fines AND suspensions, as each category has it’s own rules lists.

            Noted here:

            Factors In Determining Supplementary Discipline

            In deciding on supplementary discipline, the following factors
            will be taken into account:

            a) The type of conduct involved: conduct outside of NHL
            rules; excessive force in contact otherwise permitted by NHL
            rules; and careless or accidental conduct. Players are
            responsible for the consequences of their actions.

            b) Injury to the opposing player(s) involved in the
            incident.

            c) The status of the offender, and specifically whether he
            is a first time or repeat offender. Players who repeatedly
            violate NHL rules will be more severely punished for each
            violation.

            d) The situation of the game in which the incident
            occurred: late in the game, lopsided score, prior events in the
            game.

            e) Such other factors as may be appropriate in the
            circumstances.

            And i’d argue that ALL infractions warranting supplemental discipline are deemed “severe”. They don’t hand out infractions for simple high sticking or elbows. They hand out supplemental discipline because minor/major penalties aren’t enough of a punishment for the play in question.

            Perhaps I am misunderstanding the intent, but from most everything i’ve seen and read, they have the “repeat offender” clause specifically because they want a method to more severely punish players who cannot play under control. Certainly the league has been pretty inconsistent in the rulings, as mentioned the Torres hit, but according to the way that bi-law is written, the intent seems to be to increase penalties for each subsequent infraction.

  3. Watching that Quick save on Bickell, two things:
    1 – that is really an amazing save
    2 – how annoying would it be to have a guy explaining your failure on national tv TWO FEET FROM YOUR FACE? Seriously, around 0:52 of that save video, you see the “between the benches guy” sitting next to Bickell waxing poetic about the save. That seems like it’d be obnoxious.

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