Morning Stanley Cup of Joe – April 18, 2012
FLORIDA 4, NEW JERSEY 3; FLA leads 2-1
Trailing 3-0 after 6:16 at a raucous Prudential Center, the Panthers
stunned the Devils by scoring four unanswered goals for their first playoff
road victory since June 1, 1996. New Jersey hadn’t yielded a three-goal
lead in the postseason since April 10, 1988.
PHOENIX 3, CHICAGO 2 (OT); PHX leads 2-1
Mikkel Boedker scored his first career playoff goal at 13:15 of overtime as
the Coyotes fought back from separate one-goal deficits.
NASHVILLE 3, DETROIT 1; NSH leads 3-1
Pekka Rinne made 40 saves and Martin Erat beat three Red Wings to set up
the winning goal.
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CATS COME BACK . . . AGAIN
The Panthers erased a three-goal deficit to beat the Devils Tuesday, the
team’s largest comeback in postseason history. The victory should come as
no surprise to Florida fans – the Panthers came back from a three-goal
deficit to defeat the Devils Nov. 21 of this season (4-3).
SCORING EARLY AND OFTEN
For the third consecutive game, a team took a 3-0 lead in the Florida-New
Jersey series. Unlike the first two times, the trailing team (Florida) came
back to win.
New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur was pulled from Tuesday’s game after allowing
three goals on 12 shots. The last time Brodeur was replaced in a playoff
game was May 5, 2006, when he yielded six goals at Carolina. Brodeur’s
replacement that night? Scott Clemmensen, who earned the win for Florida
Tuesday after replacing Jose Theodore early in the first period.
Florida set a franchise postseason record with three power-play goals
Tuesday and has scored six times in 10 opportunities with the man advantage
this series. New Jersey had the best penalty kill in the League this
season, establishing an NHL record with an 89.6% efficiency rate. They had
never allowed three power-play goals on home ice during the postseason
prior to Tuesday.
HOME ON THE ROAD
The road team continued its dominance in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs,
winning all three games Tuesday. The visitors are 17-8 (.680) thus far in
After scoring just one goal in the first 48-plus minutes of Tuesday’s game,
Chicago and Phoenix combined to net three scores in a 65-second span of the
OUT OF THE GATES
New Jersey’s Zach Parise scored 33 seconds into Tuesday’s game, continuing
a string of first-minute goals in the postseason. Florida’s Stephen Weiss
scored 23 seconds into Sunday’s Game 2. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby scored
15 seconds into Friday’s Game 2 against Philadelphia.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Nashville’s Mike Fisher saved a trickling puck from crossing the goal line
. . . New Jersey’s Johan Hedberg made a sprawling leg save to keep the
Devils’ deficit at one . . . Nashville’s David Legwand swatted the puck off
a Detroit player’s stick and past an unsuspecting goaltender.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Phoenix-Chicago series is the first series to open with three
consecutive overtime games since Colorado-Minnesota in 2008.
THEY SAID IT
“This is a great group of guys and their character is impeccable . . . They
keep battling and never quit. That’s been the story all year. I am so proud
of these guys.” – Florida GM Dale Tallon
“I think you don’t expect when you’re not losing the game yet to get
pulled, but I don’t know exactly what (head coach Pete DeBoer) was
thinking . . . I’m sure there was a reason.” – Martin Brodeur, NJ
“I wish we could play four 20-game playoff series all year long . . . It’s
a lot of fun. It gets everybody going. It gets the fans going and it gets
the cities going against each other. I love the postseason. I love playoff
hockey. It’s the best part of the season.” – Brent Seabrook, CHI
“For all the talk about the rough stuff, the hockey in these playoffs from
series to series is as compelling as I can remember.” – TSN’s Gord Miller
Update on Chicago’s Marian Hossa . . . Pittsburgh’s James Neal has been
suspended one game for charging Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux during Game 3
Sunday . . . Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham has been suspended four games for
cross-checking Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn during Game 3 Sunday . . .
Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom has been suspended one game for
cross-checking Boston’s Rich Peverley during Game 3 Monday.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Ottawa, Game 4, NYR leads 2-1, 7:30 p.m.
CNBC, CBC, RDS, MSG PLUS
Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia, Game 4, PHI leads 3-0, 7:30 p.m.
NBCSN, TSN, RDS2, ROOT, CSN-PH
Vancouver @ Los Angeles, Game 4, LA leads 3-0, 10:00 p.m.
NBCSN, CBC, RDS
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