Morning Stanley Cup of Joe – April 17, 2012
NY RANGERS 1, OTTAWA 0; NYR leads 2-1
Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves for his fourth career playoff shutout and
Brian Boyle – public enemy No. 1 in Ottawa – scored the lone goal.
BOSTON 4, WASHINGTON 3; BOS leads 2-1
Zdeno Chara broke a 3-3 tie with less than two minutes remaining in
regulation as the goaltenders finally took a backseat.
ST. LOUIS 4, SAN JOSE 3; STL leads 2-1
The Blues scored three power-play goals to win their first road playoff
game since April 10, 2003.
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DOWN TO THE WIRE
Fifteen of the first 22 playoff games have been decided by one-goal
margins, creating exciting and captivating moments until the final buzzer.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Road teams continued their dominance in the postseason, winning all three
games Monday to bring their record to 14-8. Here is a look at how visiting
teams have fared in the first round over the last few seasons:
Year W L Win %
2006 39 44 .470
2007 36 45 .444
2008 35 50 .412
2009 35 52 .402
2010 43 46 .483
2011 41 48 .461
2012 14 8 .636
New York’s Brian Boyle has been a key figure in each of the team’s first
three games against Ottawa. He roughed up Erik Karlsson in Game 1, took a
pounding from Matt Carkner and fought Chris Neil in Game 2 and ignored the
boos from Scotiabank Place to score the winning goal in Game 3. Boyle has
found the back of the net in each game of the series and leads the League
with two winners. He had just two deciding goals in 82 games this season.
A GAME OF INCHES
New York’s Stu Bickel used his arm to save a potential goal . . . Ottawa’s
Jason Spezza helped his goaltender by swatting the puck out of the crease
. . . New York’s Henrik Lundqvist made a kick save in the final seconds to
preserve the win . . . Washington’s Braden Holtby seemed to have an easy
save, but the puck trickled in off his glove.
FLIP IT TO ME
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin scored off a beautiful flip pass from Brooks
Laich . . . San Jose’s Brent Burns potted his first career postseason goal
off a sweet dish from Joe Thornton, aided by a St. Louis defender.
MAKING HIS DEBUT
New York’s Chris Kreider made his NHL debut Monday, registering one shot on
goal in 11:11 of ice time. Kreider, who signed with the Rangers April 10
after winning his second NCAA National Championship with Boston College
April 7, is the first player to win an NCAA title and make his NHL debut in
that year’s playoffs since Tony Hrkac in 1987 (University of North Dakota,
St. Louis). The last Ranger to make his NHL debut in the postseason was
Lauri Korpikoski May 4, 2008.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Washington’s Brooks Laich scored a pretty breakaway goal . . . St. Louis’
Jason Arnott went skate to stick for a power-play goal . . . Alex Ovechkin
and Dennis Seidenberg had another monstrous collision in the
Capitals-Bruins game . . . Washington’s Mike Green nearly scored on his
Ottawa’s Zenon Konopka was fined $2,500 and his club fined $10,000 for
Konopka’s conduct prior to Saturday’s Game 2 . . . Pittsburgh’s Craig Adams
was suspended one game and head coach Dan Bylsma was fined $10,000 for
Adams’ actions in the final five minutes of Sunday’s Game 3 . . .
Pittsburgh’s James Neal will have hearings Tuesday for two separate
incidents in Sunday’s Game 3 . . . Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham has been
offered an in-person hearing Tuesday morning for his match penalty in
Sunday’s Game 3.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Florida @ New Jersey, Game 3, series tied 1-1, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, TSN,
RDS, SUN, MSG PLUS
Nashville @ Detroit, Game 4, NSH leads 2-1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS2,
Phoenix @ Chicago, Game 3, series tied 1-1, 9:00 p.m., CNBC, TSN, RDS, FS-A
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