Morning Stanley Cup of Joe – April 27, 2012
NEW JERSEY 3, FLORIDA 2 (2OT); NJ wins series 4-3
Adam Henrique scored twice, including the winning goal at 3:47 of the
second overtime, as the Devils advanced despite surrendering a two-goal
lead in the third period. The game marked the 10th time in NHL history –
and first since 1996 – that a Game 7 went into two or more overtimes.
NY RANGERS 2, OTTAWA 1; NYR wins series 4-3
The Rangers scored a pair of second-period goals and Henrik Lundqvist made
26 saves, including several spectacular stops toward the end of regulation.
A countdown of the night’s best moments, from overtimes in Florida to a
performance worthy of a king in New York.
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HENRIQUE THE HERO
New Jersey’s Adam Henrique opened the scoring 1:29 into regulation and
ended the game in overtime, becoming the second rookie in NHL history – and
first since Montreal’s Claude Lemieux in 1986 – to score an overtime winner
in a Game 7. Henrique, who had 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists) during the
regular season, was recently named a finalist for the Calder Trophy,
awarded to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of
40 IS JUST A NUMBER
New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, who turns 40-years-old May 6, made 43 saves to
record his sixth career Game 7 victory, tying Patrick Roy for the most
all-time. Brodeur has played in 10 career Game 7s, posting a 1.87
goals-against average and .926 save percentage.
CATS CLAW BACK
The Panthers erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to force
overtime, but fell just shy of becoming the second team in NHL history –
and first since Montreal in 1979 – to win a Game 7 when trailing by two
goals in the third period.
THE BEST OFFENSE IS . . .
Defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi netted both of the Rangers’ goals,
marking the first time since 1950 that a team won a Game 7 without a
GAME 7 NOTES
Teams that score first in Game 7s are 105-38 (.734) all-time, including 10
consecutive wins . . . Home teams are 86-57 (.601) overall in Game 7s;
17-18 (.486) in Game 7s that go into overtime; and 6-4 (.600) in Game 7s
that go into two or more overtimes.
Thirty-two of the 48 first-round games (66.7%) had one-goal margins,
creating thrilling action until the final buzzer. Road teams finished the
opening round with a 30-18 (.625) record, the highest winning percentage
since the NHL switched to the 16-team playoff format in 1979-80.
Sixteen of the 48 opening-round games (33.3%) required overtime, breaking
the mark of 15 set in 2001. Road teams went 12-4 (.750) in the extra
session(s), adding to their dominance of the first round.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Florida’s Marcel Goc tied the game with less than four minutes remaining in
regulation . . . Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson scored a power-play goal to cut
the Senators’ deficit in half . . . New Jersey’s Andy Greene helped out his
goaltender with a stick save . . . Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson took a hit from a
Ranger – and then a teammate . . . Florida’s Jose Theodore stopped a
breakaway chance in the third period.
CONFERENCE SEMIS SET
The NHL announced the schedule for the second round of the 2012 Stanley Cup
Playoffs. The individual matchups are listed below:
Eastern Conference Western Conference
No. 1 NY Rangers vs. No. 7 Washington No. 2 St. Louis vs.No. 8 Los Angeles
No. 5 Philadelphia vs. No. 6 New Jersey No. 3 Phoenix vs. No.4 Nashville
THEY SAID IT
“I think I blacked out when I heard the thud of the back of the net. It was
a great feeling.” – Adam Henrique, NJ
“I thought both teams went toe to toe in all areas of the game. Sometimes
the first round is the hardest round. That’s all this is, one round. We
found a way. We were fortunate. I’m very happy with the group, and they
should be real proud of themselves – for about an hour.” – John Tortorella,
AROUND THE TWITTERVERSE
“This is exactly why Hockey is the best post season in sports.
#becauseitsthecup” – Zach Bogosian, Winnipeg Jets
“And the season continues for @thenyrangers…..WOW what energy at the
garden tonight!! #NYR” – Joba Chamberlain, New York Yankees
Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and
Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators have been named the three finalists
for the 2011-12 James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the defense
player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round
ability in the position.”
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Nashville @ Phoenix, Game 1, 9:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN
For the first time, every Stanley Cup Playoffs game is being televised
nationally in the United States, on NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and NHL
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