Morning Stanley Cup of Joe – April 20, 2012
PHOENIX 3, CHICAGO 2 (OT); PHX leads 3-1
The Coyotes and Blackhawks became the first teams in more than 60 years to
open their playoff series with four consecutive overtime games. For the
second straight game, Mikkel Boedker netted the winner; he’s the first
player to do so in back-to-back playoff contests since Joe Sakic in 2004.
WASHINGTON 2, BOSTON 1; series tied 2-2
Rookie goaltender Braden Holtby continued his impressive playoff
performance with 44 saves, the second time he has recorded 40 or more stops
this postseason (both wins).
NEW JERSEY 4, FLORIDA 0; series tied 2-2
Martin Brodeur bounced back from his shortest playoff start Tuesday to
record his 24th career postseason shutout, moving him into sole possession
of first place all-time.
ST. LOUIS 2, SAN JOSE 1; STL leads 3-1
Brian Elliott made 24 saves, but fell 1:07 shy of his first playoff
shutout. The Blues have scored a power-play goal in each game this series
and are 6-for-16 (37.5%) with the man advantage.
A countdown of the night’s best moments, from a goaltending milestone in
New Jersey to late-game heroics and another overtime in the Phoenix-Chicago
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60 IS NOT ENOUGH
The Coyotes and Blackhawks have opened their series with four consecutive
overtime games, the first time that has happened since the 1951 Stanley Cup
Final, when all five games between the Maple Leafs and Canadiens went into
overtime. Chicago has played six straight playoff overtime games dating to
last year, an NHL record.
The Blackhawks pulled their goaltender and tied Thursday’s game with 1:26
remaining, the third time they have forced overtime with a sixth attacker
this series. Brent Seabrook tied Game 1 with 14.2 seconds left on the clock
and Patrick Sharp evened Game 2 with 5.5 seconds remaining.
GOALIES TAKE OVER
A night after the Penguins scored 10 goals, netminders recaptured the
playoff spotlight Thursday. New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur recorded his 24th
playoff shutout, Washington’s Braden Holtby and St. Louis’ Brian Elliott
each allowed one goal and Phoenix’s Mike Smith made 30 saves.
TAKING THE UPPER HAND
The Coyotes and Blues each took 3-1 series leads Thursday. Teams up 3-1 in
a best-of-seven NHL series have gone on to advance 230 of 254 times
(90.6%). Those trailing 3-1 (Chicago, San Jose, Vancouver, Detroit,
Pittsburgh) can take solace in the fact that three teams have overcome that
deficit in the past two playoffs – Montreal defeated Washington and
Philadelphia bested Boston in 2010, and Tampa Bay came back to beat
Pittsburgh in 2011.
New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur didn’t allow any goals Thursday, but also
helped his own cause by assisting on Steve Bernier’s third-period score.
It’s the third time in Brodeur’s postseason career that he has recorded a
shutout and assist in the same game. Brodeur is tied for second all-time
among goaltenders in playoff points (1-10—11).
The Blues have allowed seven goals in four games (1.75 per game), tied for
the best mark in the playoffs. Led by Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak, St.
Louis yielded the fewest goals in the NHL this season (165), capturing the
franchise’s second William Jennings Trophy.
The Bruins are the only team in the playoffs that hasn’t recorded a
power-play goal (0-for-12). They became the first team in postseason
history to win a seven-game series without scoring a power-play goal when
they defeated Montreal in the opening round last year (0-for-21).
FOURTH TIME’S A CHARM
For the fourth consecutive game, one team (New Jersey) took a 3-0 lead in
the Devils-Panthers series. Unlike Game 3 – when Florida made a stunning
comeback – New Jersey held on to even the series at two games apiece.
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (6’3”, 230 lbs.) and Boston’s Zdeno Chara (6’9”,
255 lbs.) had an epic collision in Game 4. Ovechkin ranks third in the NHL
with 21 hits in the postseason.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Washington’s Alexander Semin fired a laser for the game-winning goal . . .
New Jersey’s Travis Zajac and Zach Parise each got a piece of the team’s
first goal . . . Washington’s Marcus Johansson scored 1:33 into Game 4,
continuing a string of early-game goals . . . Washington’s Alex Ovechkin
tumbled onto the bench after making a line change.
League statement on the clock operation in the Boston-Washington game . . .
More on Martin Brodeur’s historic night . . . Washington’s Alex Ovechkin
only played 1:58 in the third period . . . The NHL will announce three
finalists for 10 regular-season awards during the next 10 days . . .
Musician Neil Young took in the St. Louis-San Jose game.
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh, Game 5
PHI leads 3-1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS, CSN-PH, ROOT
Detroit @ Nashville, Game 5
NSH leads 3-1, 8:00 p.m., CNBC, CBC, RDSI, FS-D, SPSO
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