Stanley Cup Playoffs April 18 2019 Results
SCHWARTZ SCORES LATE GO-AHEAD GOAL AS BLUES RALLY PAST JETS
St. Louis overcame a 2-0 deficit in the third period and Jaden Schwartz scored the go-ahead goal with 15 seconds remaining in regulation as the Blues won Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in their First Round series. St. Louis owns a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven series for the first time since the 2016 Second Round – an eventual seven-game triumph over Dallas.
* Schwartz scored the second-latest game-winning goal in regulation in Blues playoff history, behind only Gino Cavallini at 19:51 of the third period during Game 3 of the 1990 Division Finals (5-4 W vs. CHI). He has scored 11 career goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (11-21—32 in 54 GP), including five game winners which trail only Brett Hull (15) and Larry Keenan (6) for the most in franchise history.
* The Blues overcame a multi-goal deficit in the third period to win a playoff game for the seventh time in franchise history and just the fourth time in regulation. The other instances: Game 1 of the 1983 Division Semifinals (4-2 W at CHI), Game 2 of the 1991 Division Semifinals (4-2 W vs. DET) and Game 3 of the 1998 Conference Quarterfinals (4-2 W at LAK).
JETS-BLUES SERIES AS UNIQUE AS THEY COME
The Jets-Blues First Round matchup marked the fourth best-of-seven series in Stanley Cup Playoffs history in which the road team won each of the first five games. The others: the 1951 Semifinals (MTL-DET), 1995 Conference Finals (NJD-PHI) and 2004 Conference Finals (CGY-SJS). A best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series has never featured the road team winning each of the first six games.
* Each game in the Jets-Blues series has featured the victor overcoming a deficit to win. Only 10 other series in Stanley Cup Playoffs history have featured comeback wins in each of the first five or more games, including four in the last decade: the 2009 Conference Semifinals (PIT-WSH; 6 GP), 2012 Conference Quarterfinals (PHI-PIT; 5 GP), 2012 Conference Semifinals (NJD-PHI; 5 GP) and 2014 First Round (PIT-CBJ; 5 GP).
HURRICANES EVEN FIRST ROUND SERIES AT 2-2
Playing in front of a team-record crowd of 19,202, the Hurricanes built a 2-1 lead and executed a crucial penalty kill late in the third period – which included a victory-preserving glove save by Petr Mrazek – to win Game 4 and pull even in their First Round series. Carolina evened a best-of-seven series 2-2 after losing the first two games for the third time in franchise history (also 1992 DSF vs. MTL and 2006 CQF vs. MTL).
* Mrazek made 30 saves overall and improved to 2-0 on home ice in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, allowing one goal or fewer in each appearance (0.50 GAA, .980 SV%, 1 SO). The Hurricanes, meanwhile, moved to 16-8 in their last 24 postseason contests at home dating to the start of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* Warren Foegele (1-0—1), who had 2-1—3 in Game 3, has scored five goals in his last six outings dating to April 4 of the regular season (5-2—7). He became the fifth Hurricanes/Whalers rookie to score at least one goal in consecutive team games within a postseason, joining Scott Young (Game 1-2 of 1989 DSF), Todd Krygier (Game 1-2 of 1990 DSF), Brad Shaw (Game 3-4 of 1990 DSF) and Erik Cole (Game 1-2 of 2002 CQF).
* Foegele became the sixth rookie in NHL history to score in the opening 20 seconds of a playoff game, joining Boston’s John Byce in Game 3 of the 1990 Stanley Cup Final (0:10), Montreal’s Sergio Momesso in Game 3 of the 1987 Division Finals (0:14), Los Angeles’ Darryl Sydor in Game 1 of the 1993 Division Semifinals (0:16), Ottawa’s Peter Regin in Game 2 of the 2010 Conference Quarterfinals (0:18) and Boston’s Norm Johnson in Game 2 of the 1958 Stanley Cup Final (0:20).
SHARKS SCORE FIVE TO FORCE GAME 6
Tomas Hertl scored twice while Joe Pavelski (1-1—2), Logan Couture and Barclay Goodrow each recorded one goal as the Sharks cut their First Round series deficit to 3-2 and forced Game 6. San Jose scored five or more goals in a game where it was facing elimination for the fifth time in franchise history and first since Game 7 of the 2016 Second Round – a 5-0 triumph over Nashville en route to the franchise’s first-ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.
* Pavelski scored his 46th career goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (46-49—95 in 126 GP), while Couture netted his 37th (37-49—86 in 101 GP). They rank second and third on the franchise’s all-time postseason goals list, trailing only Patrick Marleau (68-52—120 in 177 GP).
* Joe Thornton collected his 99th career assist in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (28-99—127 in 164 GP). He moved within one of becoming the 24th player in NHL history to record at least 100 career postseason assists.
The Avalanche aim to become the second team in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs to knock off their conference’s top seed, while the Bruins and Maple Leafs look to put each other on the brink of elimination when their series shifts to Boston for Game 5.
* Dating back to expansion in 1967-68, there have been a number of playoff formats: division-based, conference-based and for two seasons (1979-80 and 1980-81) the top 16 teams were seeded by regular-season points. In none of those instances have the top two teams in each division or conference or the teams with the two best records been eliminated in the first round.
Barkov, Monahan and O’Reilly Voted Lady Byng Trophy Finalists
Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov, Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan and St. Louis Blues center Ryan O’Reilly are the three finalists for the 2018-19 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” the National Hockey League announced today.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be revealed Wednesday, June 19, during the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Following are the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, in alphabetical order:
Aleksander Barkov, C, Florida Panthers
Barkov posted career highs across the board, collecting 35-61—96 in 82 games to rank 10th in the NHL and establish a Panthers record for points in one season (surpassing Pavel Bure: 58-36—94 in 1999‑00). Florida’s captain placed second in the League with 100 takeaways while receiving only four minor penalties and eight penalty minutes – the fewest among the NHL’s top 50 scorers. He also played a career-high 1,833:01, second among League forwards, and logged a career-best 53.7 face-off winning percentage while taking the most draws of his six-season NHL tenure (1,939). The 23-year-old Tampere, Finland, native is a Lady Byng Trophy finalist for the second straight year and third time in the past four seasons after finishing second in voting in 2015-16 and third in 2017-18. He is vying to become the second player in Panthers history to win the award, following defenseman Brian Campbell in 2011-12.
Sean Monahan, C, Calgary Flames
Monahan also established career highs in the three major scoring categories, compiling 34-48—82 in 78 games to power the Flames to their first division title since 2005-06 and first conference crown since 1989‑90. Monahan, who added personal bests in both power-play goals and points (12-11—23), did so while recording only six minor penalties and 12 penalty minutes – the fifth time he has totaled 20 or fewer penalty minutes in his six NHL seasons. He and linemates Johnny Gaudreau (36) and Elias Lindholm (27) combined for 97 of Calgary’s 289 total goals, which shared second place in the NHL and also ranked as the team’s most prolific offensive season since 1993-94 (302). The 24-year-old Brampton, Ont., native is a first-time NHL Award finalist and is attempting to become the Flames’ third winner of the Lady Byng Trophy in the past five seasons; Jiri Hudler captured the award in 2014-15, followed by Gaudreau in 2016-17.
Ryan O’Reilly, C, St. Louis Blues
O’Reilly, who on Wednesday was named a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, also set career highs in goals (t-28), assists (49) and points (77) en route to helping the Blues become the seventh team in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68) to qualify for the playoffs after ranking last in the overall standings at any point after New Year’s Day (minimum: 20 GP). O’Reilly, who appeared in all 82 games for the second time, led St. Louis with a career-high +22 rating while establishing a personal best in time on ice (1,702:13). The 28-year-old Clinton, Ont., native received only six minor penalties (12 PIM), marking the 10th time in as many NHL seasons that he has recorded fewer than 20 penalty minutes. O’Reilly, who won the Lady Byng Trophy in 2013-14 (w/ COL) and finished second in voting last season (w/ BUF), is seeking to become the first St. Louis player to capture the award since Pavol Demitra in 1999-00.
Lady Byng, wife of Canada’s Governor General at the time, presented the Lady Byng Trophy during the 1924-25 season. After Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers won the award seven times in eight seasons, he was given the trophy to keep and Lady Byng donated another trophy in 1936. After Lady Byng’s death in 1949, the NHL presented a new trophy, changing the name to the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.