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Morning Stanley Cup of Joe – April 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA 4, NEW JERSEY 3 (OT); PHI leads series 1-0
Danny Briere scored 4:36 into overtime, his second goal of the game, just a
couple of minutes after his apparent winner was disallowed after being
kicked into the net.

PHOENIX 5, NASHVILLE 3; PHX leads series 2-0
Five Coyotes had multipoint games to help Phoenix take a 2-0 series lead
for the first time since the opening round of the 1987 Stanley Cup Playoffs
(as Winnipeg).

A countdown of the night’s best moments, from a family of NHL legends in
Philadelphia to an unfortunate pass by the Predators and the continued
postseason dominance of Danny Briere.

Visit NHL.com and tune to NHL Network for all of the latest playoff news,
highlights and analysis.

BRIERE SHINES AGAIN
Danny Briere scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to extend his
playoff point streak to five games (five goals, three assists). The
34-year-old is tied for the League lead – with teammate Claude Giroux –
with seven goals in the postseason and ranks second with 10 points. Briere
has 106 points in 104 career playoff games and leads the NHL with 103
postseason points (47 goals, 56 assists) since 2006.

SLOW OUT OF THE GATES
The Flyers, who hadn’t played since last Sunday, were outshot 11-0 in the
opening 10 minutes of Sunday’s game, falling behind 1-0. They overcame that
slow start by outshooting the Devils 36-15 during the remainder of the
game.

KOVY FACTOR
The Devils have faced the Flyers seven times this year (regular season and
playoffs), losing four of those meetings. A direct correlation in their
results? The performance of star forward Ilya Kovalchuk. In New Jersey’s
three wins, Kovalchuk has eight points (two goals, six assists) and a +4
rating. In their four losses, he has one assist and a -8 rating.

GIROUX FINDS HIS GROOVE
After totaling one goal in 11 postseason games last year, Philadelphia’s
Claude Giroux is tied for the League lead with seven playoff goals (in
seven games) in 2012. He also leads all skaters with 15 postseason points,
including goals in five of his last six games.

FLYING HIGH
The Flyers have scored a power-play goal in each of their seven playoff
games, going 13-for-29 (44.8%) with the man advantage, the highest
conversion rate in the League by a 15.5% margin. Philadelphia scored an
NHL-best 66 power-play goals during the regular season, finishing sixth in
the League in overall efficiency (19.7%).

LOW-SCORING SERIES?
After being billed as a low-scoring series, the Coyotes (nine) and
Predators (six) have combined for 15 goals in their first two games. The
nine goals Nashville has allowed equal the total from its entire
first-round series against Detroit (five games). Pekka Rinne, a candidate
for the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy, has yielded all nine goals, the most over
any two-game stretch for him this season.

THE PRIME LINE
Phoenix’s top line of Ray Whitney, Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata –
nicknamed ‘The Prime Line’ – has combined for nine points (four goals, five
assists) in its first two games against Nashville. The trio totaled only
five points in Phoenix’s entire opening-round series against Chicago (six
games).

KLESLA’S BATTLE SCARS
Phoenix’s Rositslav Klesla has shown – literally – his commitment to
helping the Coyotes capture their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
He took a puck to the face 33 seconds after the opening faceoff in Sunday’s
game, but returned in the second period. He also suffered facial injuries
in Monday’s series-clinching victory against Chicago, but again returned
with a protective cage. Through eight postseason games, Klesla is second
among NHL blueliners with six points (two goals, four assists), trailing
only teammate Keith Yandle.

HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE
The road team dominated the first round of the playoffs, posting a 30-18
record, including a 12-4 mark in overtime. Home clubs bounced back during
the opening weekend of the conference semifinals, going 4-1 overall, with a
2-0 clip in overtime.

OVERTIME TREND CONTINUES
Eighteen of the first 53 playoff games (34.0%) have required overtime. The
record for the most overtime games in a single postseason was set in 1993,
when 28 of the 85 total games (32.9%) went past regulation.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
New Jersey’s Zach Parise put the Devils ahead early with a goal 3:16 into
the game . . . Phoenix’s Shane Doan made a perfect deflection for his
second goal of the postseason . . . Philadelphia’s Danny Briere and James
van Riemsdyk scored 37 seconds apart in the second period to put the Flyers
in front . . . Nashville’s Kevin Klein was pulled down, but still managed
to set up Andrei Kostitsyn for the tying goal in the first period. . . New
Jersey’s Martin Brodeur made a game-saving stop in overtime . . . Mr.
Hockey – Gordie Howe – and his son Mark (also a Hall of Famer) were in
attendance at the Flyers-Devils game.

SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern

Washington @ NY Rangers
Game 2, NYR leads series 1-0, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS

Los Angeles @ St. Louis
Game 2, LA leads series 1-0, 9:00 p.m., CNBC, TSN, RDSI

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
Network. Not sure where to find the game? Use our channel finder:
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