Stanley Cup Playoffs April 23 2019
UNSUNG HEROES LEAD BRUINS TO ANOTHER GAME 7 WIN VS. MAPLE LEAFS
After Brad Marchand (4-5—9 in 7 GP) and David Pastrnak (2-4—6 in 7 GP) paced Boston through the first six contests, it was Joakim Nordstrom (1-1—2) and Sean Kuraly (1-1—2) who led the way Tuesday as the Bruins won Game 7 against the Maple Leafs for a second straight year. Boston will play Columbus in the Second Round, their first-ever playoff meeting.
* Boston improved to 15-12 in their NHL-record 27 all-time Game 7s, passing Montreal (14-9 in 23 GP) and Detroit (14-11 in 25 GP) for the most Game 7 wins in League history.
* The Bruins earned their sixth consecutive series win over the Maple Leafs dating to the 1969 Quarterfinals to match the third-longest head-to-head series win streak in NHL history.
* Nordstrom, an offseason acquisition from Carolina, was one of three players to score for the Bruins in Game 7 after not being part of the team last season. Marcus Johansson (GWG) and Charlie Coyle (ENG), both acquired leading up to the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline, also scored for Boston. Those marked the first career Game 7 goals for all three players.
* Kuraly recorded his first points of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (3 GP) and first career points in a Game 7 (2 GP). Three of Kuraly’s five career postseason goals have come in clutch fashion (5-3—8 in 19 GP); his first two were scored in Game 5 of the 2017 First Round in Ottawa, including the double-overtime winner to help Boston stave off elimination.
* Tuukka Rask (32 saves), the 21st overall pick by the Maple Leafs in the 2005 NHL Draft, improved to 3-2 in five career Game 7s – with each of those victories coming against Toronto. He is the only goaltender in NHL history to earn multiple Game 7 wins against the Maple Leafs franchise.
* Rask became the fifth goaltender in NHL history to earn three or more career Game 7 wins against an Original Six franchise. Ken Dryden (2 vs. BOS, 1 vs. CHI) is the only other goaltender to do so in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68); the others are Harry Lumley (1 each vs. BOS, MTL, NYR & TOR), Johnny Bower (1 each vs. BOS, DET & MTL) and Terry Sawchuk (2 vs. MTL, 1 vs. CHI).
The Bruins concluded the First Round with a power-play percentage of 43.8% (7 of 16), the fourth-highest on record by a team in a postseason series (min. 15 PP Opp.). The only ones higher under that condition: 52.1% by the Flyers (12 of 23 in 2012 CQF vs. PIT), 44.8% by the Islanders (13 of 29 in 1981 QF vs. EDM) and 44.4% by the Flyers (8 of 18 in 1980 SF vs. MNS).
SHARKS AND GOLDEN KNIGHTS PLAY TO STUNNING FINISH IN GAME 7
With the Golden Knights leading 3-0 in the third period, the Sharks scored four power-play goals in a span of 4:01 to take the lead but Vegas tied the game with 47 seconds left on the clock, setting the stage for Barclay Goodrow’s overtime goal to lift San Jose to victory in Game 7.
* The Sharks became the second team in NHL history to overcome a three-goal, third-period deficit to win a Game 7 – the Bruins did so in the 2013 Conference Quarterfinals against the Maple Leafs (5-4 OT W). Only three other teams in League history have overcome a three-goal deficit at any point to win a Game 7: Washington in the 1988 Division Semifinals, Edmonton in the 1991 Division Semifinals and Philadelphia in the 2010 Conference Semifinals.
* San Jose, which overcame a 3-1 series deficit to advance for the first time in franchise history, will face the Avalanche in the Second Round. This will mark their fifth all-time playoff meeting.
* San Jose matched the NHL record for most power-play goals in a playoff period, a mark last achieved by Washington in Game 3 of the 2016 First Round (4 PPG in 3rd). The Sharks’ four strikes in 4:01 were the eighth-fastest four goals by one team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history and fastest since the Blues in Game 3 of the 1998 Conference Quarterfinals (3:07 – coincidentally also all PPG).
* The Sharks, who earned a double-overtime win in Game 6, won consecutive playoff games in overtime for the second time in franchise history (also 2011: Game 6 of CQF, Game 1 of CSF).
BEHIND THE NUMBERS: THE PLAYERS BEHIND THE COMEBACK
In addition to his overtime winner, Barclay Goodrow tallied one shot on goal, went 2-for-5 in the face-off dot, posted a -2 rating and logged only 7:26 of ice time (including 1:40 in the extra frame). Goodrow, a former OHL captain signed by the Sharks in 2014 as an undrafted free agent, has had each of his two career playoff goals stand as game-winners (also Game 5 of 2019 R1). Ray Whitney is the only other player in franchise history to score in overtime of a Game 7 (2OT in 1995 CQF at CGY).
* Kevin Labanc (1-3—4) factored on all four Sharks goals in regulation to become the first player in League history to record four points in a period during a Game 7. He also matched the NHL record for most points in any playoff period and became the 13th player in League history to post four or more points in a Game 7.
* Logan Couture (2-0—2) and Tomas Hertl (1-1—2) each scored to conclude the First Round with six goals apiece, one shy of tying the franchise record for most in a playoff series.
* Erik Karlsson (0-2—2) concluded the First Round with nine assists (0-9—9 in 7 GP) – including the primary helper on the Goodrow winner – to establish a franchise record for most assists in a playoff series. Only two defensemen in NHL history have recorded more assists in a postseason series: Calgary’s Al MacInnis (1984 DF: 1-11—12 in 7 GP) and Edmonton’s Paul Coffey (1985 CF: 3-11—14 in 6 GP).
VETERANS THORNTON, BURNS CONTINUE PURSUIT OF FIRST CUP
Sharks forward Joe Thornton (413-1,065—1,478 in 1,566 GP), who leads all active players in career assists and points, will continue pursuit of his first career Stanley Cup. He can join Ray Bourque (1,612 GP) and Dave Andreychuk (1,597 GP) as the third player to win his first Cup after skating in 1,500 or more regular-season games.
* Thornton also can join Bourque as the only players in NHL history to win their first career Stanley Cup after recording 1,400 or more regular-season points. Aside from Thornton, Marcel Dionne (731-1,040—1,771 in 1,348 GP), Adam Oates (341-1,079—1,420 in 1,337 GP) and Dale Hawerchuk (518-891—1,409 in 1,188 GP) are the only other NHL players to record 1,400 or more career regular-season points without winning the Stanley Cup.
* Thornton and teammate Brent Burns (1,043 GP) are among a group of 12 active NHL players with 1,000 or more career regular-season games in search of their first Stanley Cup, including two others still competing in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (also Jason Spezza and Jay Bouwmeester).
GAME 7 QUICK HITS
Bruins forward David Krejci (10 GP) became the seventh active NHL player to appear in at least 10 career Game 7s, a list which includes teammates Patrice Bergeron (11 GP) and Zdeno Chara (13 GP). Chara tied an NHL record by playing in his 13th career Game 7, joining all-time co-leaders Patrick Roy and Scott Stevens.
* Bergeron (6-4—10 in 11 GP) and Krejci (0-9—9 in 10 GP) each found the score sheet and rank tied for eighth and 10th on the NHL’s all-time Game 7 points list – which is topped by Hurricanes captain Justin Williams (7-7—14 in 8 GP), who can add to his career totals tonight.
* The Sharks and Golden Knights combined for six goals in the third period. Only two sets of teams have combined for as many goals in a period during a Game 7: the North Stars-Kings in the 1968 Quarterfinals (7 in 2nd) and Oilers-Flames in the 1984 Division Finals (6 in 2nd).
* Each of the last six Stanley Cup champions have won at least one Game 7. Since 1987 when all rounds became best-of-seven, 21 of 31 Cup winners have contested at least one Game 7 en route to winning a title.
* The team that scores first is 129-45 (.741) in the 174 all-time Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* Home teams own a 102-72 (.586) advantage in the 174 all-time Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* Forty-two Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs have required overtime (24.1%). Home teams have a 22-20 edge.
START DATES ANNOUNCED FOR SECOND ROUND
The start dates for the 2019 Second Round were announced, with the complete schedule, including start times and national broadcast information was released on Wednesday. CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE.
FIRST ROUND TO CONCLUDE WITH GAME 7 IN D.C.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals will host the Hurricanes in Game 7 as the clubs vie for the final spot in the 2019 Second Round. Click here for detailed Game 7 statistics for the Capitals, Hurricanes and their players.
* Washington will play in its 12th Game 7 since the beginning of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most among all teams in that span, while Carolina will be making its first appearance since winning Game 7s in consecutive series of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs en route to the Eastern Conference Final.
* Capitals forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin are set to make their 12th career Game 7 appearances (4-7). The only players in NHL history who have appeared in more Game 7s are Patrick Roy (13), Scott Stevens (13) and Zdeno Chara (13).
* Capitals forward Carl Hagelin is 8-1 in nine career Game 7s. His eight victories are tied for the most in NHL history with Brad Richards (8-0), Ray Bourque (8-1) and Glenn Anderson (8-4).
* Hurricanes captain Justin Williams is the leading Game 7 scorer in NHL history (7-7—14 in 8 GP). Williams, in his second stint with the club, will be making his first Game 7 appearance for the Hurricanes in 13 years. During the club’s Stanley Cup-winning run in 2006, Williams tallied a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win over Buffalo in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final and notched the insurance goal in the 3-1 win over Edmonton in the winner-take-all finale of the Stanley Cup Final.
Ekman-Larsson, Lundqvist and Zucker Voted Finalists For 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy
Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and left wing Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild are the finalists for the 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”
Each NHL club selected a King Clancy nominee, with the three finalists and winner chosen by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
The selection committee applies the following criteria in determining the finalists and winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy:
- Clear and measurable positive impact on the community
- Investment of time and resources
- Commitment to a particular cause or community
- Commitment to the League’s community initiatives (Hockey is for Everyone, Hockey Fights Cancer, Future Goals, Learn to Play, NHL Green, etc.)
- Creativity of programming
- Use of influence; engagement of others
The winner will be revealed on Wednesday, June 19, during the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner will receive a $40,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of his choice and the two runners-up will each receive a $5,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice.
Following are the finalists for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, in alphabetical order:
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
When Ekman-Larsson announced he had signed a long-term contract with Arizona last July, he made the announcement at the Boys & Girls Club because the organization is a huge part of what Arizona means to him. In July, he donated $125,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Virginia G. Piper Branch at Laguna Elementary School in Scottsdale and, for the past several years, has purchased a suite at Gila River Arena for kids to watch Coyotes games and meet him post-game. He’s spent time visiting clubs, attended their gala — in which he bid on auction items and allowed B&GC to auction off an experience with him — and served as a judge for the B&GC youth of the year program. The first-year Coyotes captain also was active in the club’s Hockey Talks program for mental health awareness, participated in several club initiatives in support of Hockey Fights Cancer, served as the team’s Hockey is for Everyone ambassador and supported Playworks in an anti-bullying campaign by sharing the message that “Real Players Don’t Bully.”
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Through the fundraising efforts and community outreach of the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation (HLF), the charitable organization he founded in 2014 with his wife, Therese, Henrik Lundqvist continues to improve the lives of children and adults throughout the world through education and health services. The four HLF community partners – New York Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald Barnfond in Sweden, Together for Better and Garden of Dreams Foundation — and HLF’s own program, the HLF Young Ambassador Program — all were recipients of Foundation donations in 2018-19. To date, HLF has directly given grants and made commitments of nearly $1 million supporting children’s health and education. Lundqvist serves as a spokesperson for Garden of Dreams, visits with children and their families from Garden of Dreams partner organizations in “Henrik’s Crease” for Rangers games at Madison Square Garden and supports the Rangers’ Hockey Fights Cancer and Hockey is for Everyone initiatives.
Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild
This season Zucker and his wife, Carly, saw the realization of a commitment begun in 2017: the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, growing out of the couple’s special relationship with the hospital and its patients. The space, which opened on March 25, 2019, allows children and their families to watch Wild games in a setting that simulates the experience of being at the game itself. It also serves as a state-of-the-art broadcast studio. Through several GIVE16 fundraising campaigns, so-named to encourage others to donate in forms of Jason’s jersey number, the Zuckers and the community came together to raise nearly $1.2 million for the space. Jason partnered with St. Paul clothing brand UNRL to co-design 16 custom hats inspired by GIVE16, unveiling a new hat design for each of the final 16 games of the season, and also designed a Pride-inspired hat for sale by the team’s online retailer. He served as an ambassador for Hockey is For Everyone and played a large role in promoting the Wild’s Hockey is for Everyone night.
The trophy was presented in 1988 by the National Hockey League Board of Governors in honor of Frank “King” Clancy, a beloved figure in the NHL for decades as a player, referee, coach, manager and goodwill ambassador. A three-time Stanley Cup champion and 1958 inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Clancy was voted as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players during the League’s Centennial Celebration in 2017.