Tuesday, April 24, 2018

April 24 Stanley Cup Playoffs Morning Skate


Washington 6 Columbus 3  (Capitals win series in 6)
Toronto 3 Boston 1


Alex Ovechkin (2-0—2) eclipsed 50 career playoff goals as the Capitals defeated the Blue Jackets in Game 6 to advance past the opening round for the fourth consecutive postseason – the longest active streak in the NHL.

 * The Capitals will now face the Penguins in the Second Round for the third straight postseason. Pittsburgh owns an all-time series record of 9-1 against Washington, which includes seven consecutive series victories dating back to the 1995 Conference Quarterfinals.

* Washington overcame a 2-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series for just the second time in franchise history (4-3 W in 2009 CQF vs. NYR). They also became the first team in NHL history to win a best-of-seven series after suffering overtime losses in Games 1 and 2 at home.

* Ovechkin, who scored career playoff goals No. 50 and 51, became the 60th player in Stanley Cup Playoffs history and just the sixth active NHL player to reach the 50-goal milestone. In doing so, he became the third player in franchise history to score twice in a series-clinching win (also Dale Hunter in Game 7 of 1988 DSF vs. PHI and Marcus Johansson in Game 6 of 2017 FR at TOR).


Mitch Marner (1-1—2) extended his postseason point streak to five games and Frederik Andersen stopped 32 of 33 shots – including 17 in the opening frame – as the Maple Leafs rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to force Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday.

 * This marks the third time in sixteen tries that the Maple Leafs have forced a Game 7 after trailing 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. They are 1-1 in the subsequent Game 7s – rallying from a 3-0 deficit against the Red Wings to win the 1942 Stanley Cup Final and falling short in Game 7 of the 2013 Conference Quarterfinals against the Bruins – the last postseason meeting between the clubs.

* Marner recorded his third multi-point game of the series to extend his point streak to five games (2-6—8). He became the first Maple Leafs player to record a five-game point streak in the playoffs since Brian Leetch in 2004 (0-6—6 in 6 GP). Marner leads Toronto with 2-6—8 in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs after finishing as the team’s leading scorer during the regular season (22-47—69 in 82 GP).

The First Round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs will conclude with Game 7 between the Maple Leafs and Bruins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday in Boston.

* The Bruins hold an all-time record of 13-12 in Game 7s, including a 12-8 mark on home ice. This will mark Boston’s 26th appearance in a Game 7, breaking a tie with Detroit (25) for the most in NHL history.

* The Maple Leafs own an all-time record of 12-10 in Game 7s, including a 5-9 mark on the road.

* Boston holds a 2-1 edge in three previous head-to-head Game 7 matchups vs. Toronto – including the 2013 Conference Quarterfinals when the Bruins became the first team in NHL history to overcome a three-goal, third-period deficit to win in a Game 7.


* The team that scores first is 126-43 (.746) in the 169 all-time Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* Home teams own a 99-70 (.586) advantage in the 169 all-time Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* Forty-one Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs have required overtime (24.3%). Home teams have a 21-20 edge.

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