Morning Stanley Cup of Joe – April 19, 2012
PITTSBURGH 10, PHILADELPHIA 3; PHI leads 3-1
The Penguins scored eight unanswered goals to stave off elimination and
become the first team in more than 22 years to score 10 goals in a playoff
game (Los Angeles – April 10, 1990).
OTTAWA 3, NY RANGERS 2 (OT); series tied 2-2
Kyle Turris blasted the winning goal into the top shelf as the Senators
fought back from a two-goal deficit to even the series.
VANCOUVER 3, LOS ANGELES 1; LA leads 3-1
Cory Schneider made 43 saves for his first career postseason victory and
Daniel Sedin recorded an assist in his return as the Canucks survived to
see another day.
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NOT DONE YET
The Penguins and Canucks – two of the Stanley Cup favorites – both avoided
being swept Wednesday. Pittsburgh won by seven goals, the largest margin of
victory all-time by a team when down 3-0 in a series.
22 + 33 = W
Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin (#22) returned to the lineup Wednesday, assisting
on twin brother Henrik’s (#33) insurance goal in the third period. Both
coaches recognized the impact of the Sedins’ reunion. “I thought we played
better than we did last game. The difference was 22 and 33’s performance,”
said Kings coach Darryl Sutter. “It was nice to see 22, but even better to
see 33 return to his normal level of play,” added Canucks coach Alain
GOALS, GOALS AND MORE GOALS
Philadelphia (23) and Pittsburgh (22) have combined to score 45 goals, the
most ever through the first four games of a Stanley Cup Playoff series. The
previous record was 44, set by Edmonton (26) and Chicago (18) in the 1985
Campbell Conference Final.
FEELING THE POWER
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh totaled seven power-play goals in Wednesday’s
game, one shy of the single-game postseason record for scores with the man
advantage. The Flyers have converted nine of 15 power-play opportunities
(60.0%) in the playoffs, tied for first in the League (Florida).
NOT FOR THE FAINT OF GOALTENDERS
The Pittsburgh-Philadelphia series has seen a record number of goals, a
stat the netminders may want to forget. Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury has
a 5.43 goals-against average and .817 save percentage, while backup Brent
Johnson yielded two goals on six shots in a relief effort Sunday.
Philadelphia’s tandem hasn’t fared much better despite leading the series
3-1. Starter Ilya Bryzgalov has a 4.95 goals-against average and .844 save
percentage and backup Sergei Bobrovsky allowed five goals on 18 shots
The biggest of Cory Schneider’s 43 saves came early in the third period
when he denied Dustin Brown on a penalty shot with the score at 2-1. The
Canucks scored 22 seconds after Schneider’s save to extend their lead and
post their first win of the series.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal recorded his first career playoff hat trick . . .
Ottawa’s Jesse Winchester stopped a dribbling puck from crossing the goal
line . . . Ottawa’s Matt Carkner checked the time before leaving the
penalty box to set up the team’s first goal . . . Fans at Scotiabank Place
cheered for Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson, who missed his second
straight game due to injury, at the 11-minute mark (his number).
THEY SAID IT
“This is like the weirdest series I have ever seen.” – Brooks Orpik, PIT
THEY’RE FANS, TOO
“Don’t ever recall seeing this many goals in a series! #flyers #Pens” –
Jordin Tootoo, NSH
“This flyers-penguins series is nuts. Not much defense out here. Anybody
wanna predict the score of game 5?” – Keith Aulie, TB
“Even when the pit/phi game is outta hand i still can’t turn it off” – Jim
“This Pit-Philly series is out of control. #period” – Nick Bonino, ANA
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Florida @ New Jersey, Game 4
FLA leads 2-1, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, TSN2, RDSI, FS-F, MSG PLUS
Boston @ Washington, Game 4
BOS leads 2-1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS, NESN, CSN-MA
Phoenix @ Chicago, Game 4
PHX leads 2-1, 8:00 p.m., CNBC, TSN, RDS2, FS-A PLUS, CSN-CH
St. Louis @ San Jose, Game 4
STL leads 2-1, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS, FS-MW, CSN-CA
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