Morning Stanley Cup of Joe – April 23, 2012
BOSTON 4, WASHINGTON 3 (OT); series tied 3-3
Tyler Seguin scored the winning goal at 3:17 of overtime as the Bruins
forced the first Game 7 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
LOS ANGELES 2, VANCOUVER 1 (OT); LA wins series 4-1
Jarret Stoll scored at 4:27 of overtime and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves to
help the Kings win their first postseason series since 2001. The Canucks
became the sixth team in NHL history – and third in the last four years –
to win the Presidents’ Trophy and then lose in the first round of the
PHILADELPHIA 5, PITTSBURGH 1; PHI wins series 4-2
Claude Giroux set the tone on his first shift with a goal and crushing hit
on Sidney Crosby as the Flyers closed out their in-state rival.
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HISTORY NOT REPEATING
The Bruins and Canucks – 2011’s Stanley Cup finalists – both faced
elimination Sunday and went to overtime with their backs on the line.
Boston forced a Game 7 on Tyler Seguin’s winning goal, while Vancouver was
eliminated after Los Angeles’ Jarret Stoll potted the deciding score.
8 > 1
The Kings’ five-game defeat of the Canucks marks the 10th time in NHL
history that a No. 8 seed has defeated a No. 1 seed. It’s also the first
time a No. 8 has defeated a No. 1 in five games.
Thirteen of the first 42 postseason games (31.0%) have required overtime.
There were 14 overtime games in the first round of last year’s playoffs,
one shy of the record of 15 set in 2001.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The road team improved to 10-3 in overtime games with a pair of victories
Sunday. Overall, visiting teams are a sizzling 26-16 (.619) in the
DOWN TO THE WIRE
Each of the first six games of the Boston-Washington series has been
decided by one goal, the first time that has happened in NHL history.
Overall, 27 of the first 42 playoff games (64.3%) have had one-goal
Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux dazzled during the team’s opening-round series
, recording 6-8—14 to lead the League in each category. Head coach Peter
Laviolette sung the 24-year-old’s praises following Sunday’s Game 6
victory. “When the best player in the world comes up to you and says, ‘I
don’t know who you plan on starting tonight, but I want that first shift,’
that says everything you need to know about Claude Giroux right there.”
SEGUIN STEPS UP
Boston’s Tyler Seguin scored the winning goal in overtime and added an
assist to help the Bruins force a Game 7. Seguin, the No. 2 pick in the
2010 NHL Draft, had been pointless in the first five games of the series.
He led the Bruins with 29 goals and 67 points during the regular season.
A QUICK STORY
Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick made 26 saves, including a huge stop
on a breakaway chance by Daniel Sedin, to help the No. 8 Kings defeat the
No. 1 Canucks. Quick finished the series with a 1.59 goals-against
average, .953 save percentage and one shutout; he ranked in the top five in
each category during the regular season and led the League with 10
shutouts. Next, he’ll face Brian Elliott and the St. Louis Blues. Elliot
led the NHL with a 1.56 goals-against average and .940 save percentage
during the regular season and was second with nine shutouts.
PAST CHAMPS ON THE ROPES
The last four Stanley Cup winners – Boston (2011), Chicago (2010),
Pittsburgh (2009) and Detroit (2008) – are all feeling the heat in this
year’s playoffs. Pittsburgh and Detroit have both been knocked out of the
postseason, Boston needed overtime Sunday to force a Game 7 and Chicago
trails Phoenix, 3-2, with Game 6 set for Monday.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
An inside look at the Flyers’ celebration following their Game 6
victory . . . Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom threaded a beautiful
backhander to Jason Chimera for a goal . . . Boston’s Tim Thomas made a
paddle save to block an empty net . . . Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin found
brother Henrik for the team’s lone goal . . . Need a little luck? Boston
head coach Claude Julien got his shoes shined before Game 6 . . . The
Stanley Cup visited NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.
AROUND THE TWITTERVERSE
“Playoff hockey is the best.” – Jim Rome
“The #NHLPlayoffs do not give a crap about my dinner plans. #AlwaysOT” –
“Canucks, Penguins, Sharks, Red Wings out… It’s not your toddler’s NHL
anymore. Changing of the guard in one fell swoop…” – Pierre LeBrun
“Huge win today…ears were ringing in the locker room afterwards because
of how loud it was today #Flyers #loudestfansintheNHL” – Matt Carle, PHI
The NHL announced that Game 6 of the Florida-New Jersey series will take
place at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 24 (NBCSN, TSN, RDS, MSG Plus).
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Ottawa, Game 6
OTT leads 3-2, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS, MSG
Phoenix @ Chicago, Game 6
PHX leads 3-2, 9:00 p.m., CNBC, TSN, RDSI, FS-A PLUS, CSN-CH
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