Stanley Cup Playoffs April 21 2019 Results
BRUINS OUTSHOOT, OUTLAST MAPLE LEAFS TO FORCE GAME 7
Brad Marchand (2-1—3) factored on three of four goals as the Bruins outshot the Maple Leafs 41-24 to force Game 7 in their First Round series. Boston won to survive elimination and force a Game 7 for the 11th time in franchise history and first since a Game 6 victory in the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals (4-3 OT W at WSH).
* The Bruins recorded a shot differential of +17 or higher in a game where they were facing elimination for the seventh time since 1955-56 and first since outshooting the Hurricanes 40-19 in Game 5 of the 2009 Conference Semifinals (+21).
* Torey Krug (1-0—1) led the way with nine shots to become the first Bruins defenseman to log as many in a postseason contest since teammate Zdeno Chara had an equal amount in Game 1 of the 2013 Conference Semifinals (3-2 OT W vs. NYR). The most shots on goal recorded by any defenseman in a postseason contest is 13 (since 1959-60), a mark set by Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom in Game 4 of the 1997 Conference Semifinals (3-2 2OT W at ANA).
* Boston has converted on seven of 16 power-play opportunities in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (43.7%), including going two-for-two in Game 6. The Bruins have scored more than seven power-play goals in a postseason series on eight prior occasions (since 1933-34), most recently in the 1991 Conference Finals (8 vs. PIT).
* Marchand leads the Bruins with 4-5—9 in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (6 GP) and is one of 38 NHL players averaging at least one point per game this postseason. Marchand has collected 21 career points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Maple Leafs franchise (7-14—21 in 20 GP), trailing only David Krejci (9-16—25 in 20 GP), Johnny Bucyk (10-14—24 in 20 GP) and Phil Esposito (11-11—22 in 13 GP) for the most in Bruins history.
* Tuukka Rask improved to 11-9 in 20 career postseason appearances against Toronto (2.65 GAA, .915 SV%) and passed Frank Brimsek (10-12) and Harry Lumley (10-19) for the second-most postseason wins against the Maple Leafs franchise, trailing only Terry Sawchuk (22-14).
GAME 7 HISTORY: BOSTON VS. TORONTO
The Bruins and Maple Leafs will require Game 7 for a third consecutive head-to-head series. Boston secured historic come-from-behind wins in the previous two instances – in the 2013 Conference Quarterfinals, the Bruins became the first team in NHL history to overcome a three-goal, third-period deficit to win in a Game 7 (5-4 OT W); in the 2018 First Round, Boston became the first team in NHL history to overcome three deficits of at least one goal to win a Game 7 in regulation (7-4 W).
* The Bruins and Maple Leafs are the third set of franchises in NHL history to require a Game 7 in three consecutive head-to-head postseason meetings, joining the Canucks-Flames (1989 DSF, 1994 CQF, 2004 CQF) and Capitals-Rangers (2012 CSF, 2013 CQF, 2015 R2).
* The Bruins and Maple Leafs are the seventh set of franchises in NHL history to require a Game 7 in consecutive years, joining the Canadiens-Red Wings (1954 SCF, 1955 SCF), Black Hawks-Red Wings (1964 SF, 1965 SF), Avalanche-Stars (1999 CF, 2000 CF), Avalanche-Kings (2001 CSF, 2002 CQF), Capitals-Rangers (2012 CSF, 2013 CQF) and Kings-Sharks (2013 CSF, 2014 R1).
* The Bruins will contest their NHL-record 27th all-time Game 7, owning a 14-12 record in the previous 26 contests including a 13-8 mark on home ice. Their 14 all-time Game 7 wins are tied with the Canadiens (14-9) and Red Wings (14-11) for the most in NHL history.
* The Maple Leafs own an all-time record of 12-11 in Game 7s, including a 5-10 mark on the road.
SHARKS FORCE GAME 7 IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME THRILLER
Tomas Hertl scored while shorthanded at 11:17 of the second overtime as the Sharks defeated the Golden Knights to force Game 7 in their First Round series. San Jose won to survive elimination and force a Game 7 for the third time in franchise history (also 1995 CQF vs. CGY and 2012 CSF vs. LAK).
* Hertl became the fifth player in franchise history to score an overtime goal in a game that required multiple overtimes and the second to do so in a contest where the Sharks faced elimination; he joined Ray Whitney in Game 7 of the 1995 Conference Quarterfinals (5-4 2OT W at CGY).
* Additionally, Hertl became the first player in NHL history to score a shorthanded winner in a game that required multiple overtimes. Only eight other players in League history have scored a shorthanded goal in the first overtime of a postseason game.
* Martin Jones made 58 saves to establish a franchise record for most in a postseason game, eclipsing the previous mark of 56 set by Wade Flaherty in Game 7 of the 1995 Conference Quarterfinals (5-4 2OT W at CGY). He also set a Sharks record for most saves in any game, besting the old benchmark of 57 set by Jeff Hackett on Dec. 26, 1992 (7-2 W vs. LAK).
* The Sharks, who rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to force a Game 7 for the first time in franchise history, will contest their 11th all-time Game 7 and first since the 2016 Second Round (5-0 W vs. NSH). San Jose is 6-4 in its 10 previous Game 7s, including a 3-1 mark on home ice.
* The Golden Knights, meanwhile, will contest their first Game 7 in franchise history. Vegas can become the 16th franchise in NHL history to win its first-ever Game 7 and second in as many years; they would join the Jets, who accomplished the feat in the 2018 Second Round (5-1 W at NSH).
* Washington enters Monday’s contest with the opportunity to advance past the First Round for the fifth consecutive year. The Capitals hold an all-time record of 20-32 in potential series-clinching games, including a 4-0 mark in 2018 en route to capturing the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup.
* Dallas, meanwhile, looks to earn its first playoff series win since a six-game triumph over Minnesota in the 2016 First Round. The Stars/North Stars hold an all-time record of 29-22 in potential series-clinching games, including a 15-8 mark on home ice.
* When trailing a best-of-seven series 3-2, the Hurricanes/Whalers have won to force Game 7 four times while going on to win the series on one of those occasions (2009 CQF vs. NJD). In the same scenario, the Predators have extended to a seventh and deciding game three times – winning once (2016 R1 vs. ANA).
Burns, Giordano and Hedman Voted Norris Trophy Finalists
Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2018-19 James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the National Hockey League announced today.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Norris 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 Norris Trophy, in alphabetical order:
Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
Burns topped NHL defensemen and established career highs with 67 assists and 83 points in 82 games (16-67—83) to help the Sharks qualify for the playoffs for the 14th time in the past 15 seasons. Burns – whose 83 points were the most by a blueliner since 1995-96 (Brian Leetch: 15-70—85 w/ NYR) – became the third defenseman in League history to lead his team in points for three consecutive seasons, joining current teammate Erik Karlsson (2013-14 to 2017-18 w/ OTT) as well as Denis Potvin (1974-75 to 1967-77 w/ NYI). He also became the second blueliner in NHL history to register his first 80-point season at age 34 or older, following Nicklas Lidstrom (2005-06 w/ DET). Burns – who ranked fifth in the NHL in time on ice (2,058:08) – added to his illustrious campaign with his 14th career overtime goal March 30, surpassing Scott Niedermayer for the most by a defenseman in League history. The Barrie, Ont., native is a Norris Trophy finalist for the third time; he won the award in 2016-17 and finished third in voting in 2015-16.
Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames
Giordano enjoyed his most prolific campaign at age 35, posting career highs of 57 assists and 74 points in 78 games (17-57—74) to rank second among League defensemen in scoring and guide the Flames to their second-best regular season in franchise history. The Calgary captain topped all NHL skaters (defensemen and forwards) with a +39 rating, the best such mark by a Flames player since 1990-91 (Theo Fleury: +48, Al MacInnis: +42). Giordano also paced all blueliners and shared fourth place in the entire League with a career-high four shorthanded goals, the most by any defenseman since 1999-00 (Lidstrom: 4 w/ DET). The Toronto native and first-time Norris Trophy finalist is vying to become the first player in Flames history to capture the award; MacInnis finished second in voting in both 1989-90 and 1990-91, as did Dion Phaneuf in 2007-08.
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
The reigning Norris Trophy winner registered 12-42—54 in 70 games as the anchor of a Lightning defense that allowed the fifth-fewest goals in the League en route to tying the NHL record for wins in one season. Hedman topped Tampa Bay blueliners in average time on ice for the sixth consecutive season (22:46) while logging a +24 rating, tied for ninth among all League defensemen. He also scored 10-plus goals for the sixth straight year, tied for the longest such streak among NHL blueliners (w/ Burns, Giordano, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Roman Josi). The 28-year-old Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, native is a Norris Trophy finalist for the third consecutive season; he is seeking to become the first back-to-back winner of the award since Lidstrom earned three straight from 2005-06 to 2007-08 (w/ DET).
The James Norris Memorial Trophy was presented in 1953 by the four children of the late James Norris in memory of the former owner-president of the Detroit Red Wings.