Saturday, April 14, 2018

April 14th Stanley Cup Playoffs Morning Skate


Winnipeg 4 Minnesota 1
Vegas 2  Los Angeles 1 (2OT) (Erik Haula OTW)
Philadelphia 5 Pittsburgh 1

A pair of home teams – the Jets and Golden Knights – took 2-0 series leads on Friday, while the Flyers evened their series at 1-1. Elias notes teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven playoff series own an all-time series record of 312-49 (86.4%), including a 236-30 mark (88.7%) when those victories come on home ice.

Game 2 between the Kings and Golden Knights was the first contest of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs to require multiple overtimes. Five of the 27 games that extended past regulation in the 2017 postseason needed multiple overtimes, with home teams holding a 3-2 edge in those contests.

* At 95:23 total time, it marked the first overtime game in Golden Knights postseason history and the longest playoff contest in Kings franchise history, eclipsing the mark from their championship-clinching Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final vs. NYR (94:43).

* Seven Golden Knights and five Kings registered more than 30 minutes of ice time with Los Angeles defensemen Alec Martinez (44:51) and Oscar Fantenberg (41:03) crossing the 40-minute mark. Martinez passed Drew Doughty (41:41 in Game 2 of 2014 F vs. NYR) for the highest time on ice ever recorded by a Kings player in the postseason (since 1997-98).

* Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made 54 saves to establish a franchise record for most in a playoff game, eclipsing the mark of 51 he set in Game 5 of the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals at SJS.

Five different skaters found the back of the net led by a three-point effort from Sean Couturier (1-2—3) and Brian Elliott stopped 34 of 35 shots as the Flyers rebounded from a 7-0 loss in Game 1 to even their series with the Penguins with a 5-1 victory.

* Philadelphia became the fourth team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to suffer a Game 1 loss by a margin of at least seven goals and rebound with a win in Game 2, joining the Canadiens in the 1919 Stanley Cup Final (7-0 L in Game 1, 4-2 W in Game 2), Bruins in the 1953 Semifinals (7-0 L in Game 1, 5-3 W in Game 2) and Kings in the 1980 Preliminary Round (8-1 L in Game 1, 6-3 W in Game 2). Of note, Montreal’s series in the 1919 Stanley Cup Final was cancelled after five games without crowning a champion due to an influenza epidemic.

* Shayne Gostisbehere opened the scoring to snap Penguins goaltender Matt Murray’s franchise-record playoff shutout streak at 225:49, his first postseason goal allowed since Game 4 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. Murray’s run was the longest postseason shutout streak since Ilya Bryzgalov played 249:15 without allowing a goal in 2006 (w/ ANA) – the second-longest shutout streak by a goaltender in Stanley Cup Playoffs history.

* At 19 years of age, Nolan Patrick (1-0—1) became the fourth teenager in franchise history to score a playoff goal, joining Dainius Zubrus (4 in 1997), Peter Zezel (1985) and Couturier (2012).

A trio of home teams (TBL, BOS and NSH) and one road team (SJS) look to take 2-0 series leads on Saturday. Elias notes teams that win the first two games of a best-of-seven series on the road own an all-time series record of 70-19 (78.7%).

(NHL Media) 

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