Thursday, April 25, 2019

April 25th Morning Skate


 * The First Round came to a close with the Hurricanes knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champions in the third-longest Game 7 in NHL history.

 * Ten games required overtime in the First Round, matching the total from the entire 2018 postseason.

* For the first time in NHL history, the top team from each conference and all division winners were eliminated in the opening round. Washington’s defeat guarantees that there will be a new Stanley Cup champion for the 19th time in the past 20 seasons.


Carolina overcame a 3-1 deficit and Brock McGinn (1-1—2) scored the winner at 11:05 of the second overtime as the Hurricanes rallied past the Capitals in Game 7 and advanced to the Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Carolina earned its first Stanley Cup Playoff series win since the 2009 Conference Semifinals – a seven-game triumph over Boston.

* The Hurricanes, who earned the only road win in their First Round series with the Capitals, improved to 5-3 in eight all-time Game 7s – including five straight victories. Their five consecutive Game 7 wins dating to the 2006 Conference Finals (4-2 W vs. BUF) are the fourth-longest such run in League history.

* Carolina has overcome a deficit to earn four of its five all-time Game 7 wins, including each of its last three (also 2006 CF, 2009 CQF and 2009 CSF). The Hurricanes became the sixth franchise in NHL history to record as many come-from-behind Game 7 wins, joining the Maple Leafs (5), Bruins (4), Canadiens (4), Flyers (4) and Oilers (4).

 * The Hurricanes became the 13th team in NHL history and second in as many days to overcome a multi-goal deficit to win a Game 7 (also SJS in 2019 R1). Carolina became the second team in League history to accomplish the feat against a defending Stanley Cup champion, joining Los Angeles in the 2014 Conference Finals (5-4 OT W at CHI).

 * Wednesday’s contest was the longest Game 7 in Hurricanes/Whalers franchise history, eclipsing the 1992 Division Semifinals versus the Canadiens (85:26). In fact, it marked the third-longest Game 7 in League history, behind only the 1987 Division Semifinals between the Islanders-Capitals dubbed the “Easter Epic” (128:47) and the 1939 Semifinals between the Bruins-Rangers (108:00).

 * The Hurricanes will face the Islanders in the Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their first-ever postseason meeting. New York held a 3-1-0 edge through the four-game season series (CAR: 1-2-1).


Brock McGinn became the second player in Hurricanes/Whalers franchise history to score an overtime goal in a Game 7, joining Scott Walker in the 2009 Conference Semifinals (3-2 OT W at BOS). Aside from McGinn and Walker, only two other players in franchise history have scored a series-clinching goal in overtime: Martin Gelinas in Game 6 of the 2002 Conference Finals (2-1 OT W at TOR) and Cory Stillman in Game 6 of the 2006 Conference Quarterfinals (2-1 OT W at MTL).

 * McGinn became the 12th player in NHL history to score the decisive goal in a Game 7 that required multiple overtimes and first since Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz in the 2017 Conference Finals (3-2 2OT vs. OTT). He became the first Hurricanes/Whalers player to score the winner in any postseason game that required multiple overtimes.

 * “Mr. Game 7” Justin Williams provided the primary assist on the overtime winner to record his 15th career point in a seventh and deciding game (7-8—15 in 9 GP), extending his NHL record. His eight career Game 7 assists are the fourth-most in League history behind Doug Gilmour (3-10—13 in 11 GP), Jaromir Jagr (1-10—11 in 8 GP) and David Krejci (0-9—9 in 10 GP).

 * Jaccob Slavin (0-3—3) established a franchise record for most points in a Game 7 by a defenseman, eclipsing the previous mark of two set by Tim Gleason (0-2—2) in the 2009 Conference Quarterfinals (4-3 W at NJD) as well as Dennis Seidenberg (0-2—2) and Joni Pitkanen (0-2—2) in the 2009 Conference Semifinals (3-2 OT W at BOS). Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce (0-2—2) also collected two points on Wednesday.

* Slavin became the eighth defenseman in NHL history to record three points in a Game 7 and first since the Red Wings tandem of Nicklas Lidstrom (2-1—3) and Brian Rafalski (0-3—3) in the 2010 Conference Quarterfinals (6-1 W at PHX). No defenseman in League history has ever recorded more than three points in a Game 7.

 * Jordan Staal scored the tying goal at 2:56 of the third period, his third career goal in a Game 7 and first with the Hurricanes (3-0—3 in 5 GP). His older brother, Eric Staal, also scored a Game 7 goal with the Hurricanes – doing so during the 2009 Conference Quarterfinals (1-1—2 at NJD).

 * They became the fourth set of brothers in NHL history to each score at least one Game 7 goal with the same franchise, joining Henri Richard and Maurice Richard (w/ MTL), Dennis Hull and Bobby Hull (w/ CHI) and Andrei Kostitsyn and Sergei Kostitsyn (w/ MTL).


* Capitals forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin made their 12th career Game 7 appearance. The only players in NHL history who have appeared in more Game 7s are Patrick Roy (13), Scott Stevens (13) and Zdeno Chara (13).

 * Each of the last six Stanley Cup champions have won at least one Game 7. Since 1987 when all rounds became best-of-seven, 21 of 31 Cup winners have contested at least one Game 7 en route to winning a title.

* The team that scores first is 129-46 (.737) in the 175 all-time Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 1-2 mark in 2019. Home teams own a 102-73 (.582) advantage.

* Forty-three Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs have required overtime (24.5%). Home teams have a 22-21 edge.


The First Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured two Game 7s that required overtime, with each occurring on consecutive days.

* Only three other rounds in NHL history have featured two Game 7s that required overtime, with each occurring on either the same day or on consecutive days: the 1997 Conference Quarterfinals (2 on April 29), 2011 Conference Quarterfinals (April 26-27) and 2012 Conference Quarterfinals (April 25-26). No postseason in NHL history has ever featured more than two Game 7s that have required overtime.

 * Overall, 10 of 46 games required overtime in the First Round (21.7%), matching the total from the entire 2018 postseason (10 of 84 GP; 11.9%).


After three Game 7s over two days thrilled fans to conclude the opening round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, half of the Second Round series will contest Game 1 on Thursday when the Bruins host the Blue Jackets at TD Garden and the Blues welcome the Stars to Enterprise Center.

* The Bruins and Blue Jackets are meeting in the postseason for the first time. Columbus is coming off a historic First Round sweep of the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Lightning to advance past the opening round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history while Boston was victorious in an opening-round, seven-game series against Toronto for the second straight season.

 * The Bruins held a 2-1-0 edge in their three-game season series (CBJ: 1-1-1). Boston and Columbus combined for 22 goals through their three head-to-head meetings in 2018-19 for an average 7.3 per game.

* The Stars and Blues franchises, meanwhile, will face off in the postseason for the 14th time, with St. Louis holding a 7-6 series edge. They have split the four series since the Stars relocated to Dallas in 1993-94, with the Blues winning the last two meetings including a seven-game triumph in the 2016 Second Round.

* The Stars are 6-1-0 in their last seven games against the Blues dating to Dec. 29, 2017 (STL: 1-5-1).

(NHL Media) 

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