Morning Stanley Cup of Joe – May 7, 2012
LOS ANGELES 3, ST. LOUIS 1; LA wins series 4-0
Dustin Brown scored twice, including the game-winning goal, as the Kings
became the first No. 8 seed in NHL history to defeat both the No. 1 and 2
seeds in the same postseason.
NEW JERSEY 4, PHILADELPHIA 2; NJ leads series 3-1
Martin Brodeur made 20 saves on his 40th birthday as the Devils scored four
unanswered goals to erase an early two-goal deficit.
A countdown of the night’s best moments, from a birthday celebration in New
Jersey to a Blues player quieting the crowd in Los Angeles and a historic
win by the Kings.
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Los Angeles is the first team to advance to the conference finals and first
team to sweep a series in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings return
to the conference finals for just the second time in franchise history and
for the first time since 1993, when they went to the Stanley Cup Final (and
lost to the Canadiens in five games). They had won only one series between
making the 1993 Final and the start of this year’s playoffs – the 2001
Western Conference Quarterfinals against Detroit.
Although the Kings became the first No. 8 seed to defeat both the No. 1 and
2 seeds in the same postseason (under the current playoff format, which
began in 1994), they are the third No. 8 seed to advance past the second
round of the playoffs, joining the 2006 Oilers (who lost in the Stanley Cup
Final) and 2010 Canadiens (who lost in the Eastern Conference Finals).
New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, who turned 40-years-old Sunday, is the first
goaltender in NHL history to appear in a playoff game as a teenager and as
a 40-year-old. His first postseason game was on April 27, 1992 (when he was
19), an 8-5 loss to the NY Rangers. Since then, Brodeur has posted 106
playoff wins, second all-time, and a record 24 postseason shutouts. He also
ranks second all-time among goaltenders in playoff games (192), saves
(4,915) and minutes (11,916).
ZUBRUS BURNS OLD TEAM
New Jersey’s Dainius Zubrus, who was drafted by Philadelphia in the first
round (15th overall) of the 1996 NHL Draft, scored the winning and
clinching goals Sunday. The Lithuanian played three seasons for the Flyers,
totaling 62 points (19 goals, 43 assists) in 200 regular-season games.
St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott (1.56) and Los Angeles goaltender
Jonathan Quick (1.95) ranked first and second, respectively, in
goals-against average during the regular season. Quick got the best of
Elliott in their postseason matchup, though, posting a 1.50 goals-against
average to Elliott’s 3.31 in the four-game series. Quick leads all
remaining goaltenders with a 1.55 goals-against average in the playoffs.
TOP PLAYERS SHINE, STUMBLE
The Kings’ top line of Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams
combined for four points (two goals, two assists) Sunday, finishing their
four-game series against St. Louis with 15 points (six goals, nine
assists). Meanwhile, the Blues’ top three scorers from the regular season –
David Backes, T.J. Oshie and Alex Pietrangelo – were all held off the
scoresheet Sunday and combined for just five points (one goal, four
assists) in the series.
New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur picked up an assist on the team’s fourth goal,
becoming the oldest player (not just goaltender) in NHL history to record a
playoff assist on his birthday. Before Sunday, the oldest players to record
a postseason helper on their birthdays were Steve Yzerman, Trevor Linden
and Ray Whitney – all at 37. Brodeur has 11 career playoff assists, tied
for second all-time with Patrick Roy. Only Grant Fuhr (14) has more.
FIRING FROM ALL ANGLES
The Devils outshot the Flyers, 43-22, to improve to 6-1 (.857) in the
playoffs when outshooting their opponents, the highest win percentage in
the NHL. New Jersey is 1-3 (.250) when getting outshot in the postseason,
tied for the lowest win percentage in the League.
The Blues went 0-for-3 on the power play Sunday, finishing 0-for-17 with
the man advantage in their four-game series against the Kings. Including
the regular season, St. Louis went 0-for-31 on the power play against Los
Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux scored his second shorthanded goal of the
playoffs and the Flyers’ fourth of the postseason, tied for first in the
NHL (with Los Angeles). The team had only six shorthanded goals during the
DID YOU KNOW?
Philadelphia’s Braydon Coburn has averaged 27:21 of ice time during the
playoffs, a full five minutes more than his average during the regular
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar helped Jonathan Quick make a game-saving stop in
the third period . . . Philadelphia’s Ilya Bryzgalov made a glove save on
the goal line . . . New Jersey’s Ilya Kovalchuk used his head to make a
pass . . . Los Angeles’ Jordan Nolan, St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk and New
Jersey’s Marek Zidlicky each scored their first career playoff goals.
Phoenix defenseman Rostislav Klesla has been suspended for one game for
boarding Nashville forward Matt Halischuk during Game 4 of the teams’
Western Conference Semifinal . . . The NHL announced that Game 5 of the New
Jersey-Philadelphia series will take place at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May
8 (NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Washington @ NY Rangers, Game 5
series tied 2-2, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Nashville @ Phoenix, Game 5
PHX leads series 3-1, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS
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