Stanley Cup Playoffs Review June 4, 2021

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Stanley Cup Playoffs Review June 4, 2021

MARCHAND, STAAL BOTH SCORE OT GOALS IN PIVOTAL GAMES 3s

Boston’s Brad Marchand and Carolina’s Jordan Staal each scored their third career overtime goals on Thursday. Only five active players have recorded more: Corey Perry (5), Patrick Kane (5), Patrice Bergeron (4), Nicklas Backstrom (4) and Patrick Marleau (4).

BRUINS REBOUND FROM LATE TYING GOAL TO BEAT ISLANDERS

Mathew Barzal tied the game with 5:26 remaining in regulation, but Brad Marchand scored the winner 3:36 into overtime as the Bruins took a 2-1 series lead. It marked the club’s second-ever playoff win on the road versus the Islanders, which also required overtime (also Game 4 of 1980 QF).

Marchand, who moved into a tie with Phil Esposito for fourth place on the Bruins’ all-time playoffs points list with the effort, netted his third career overtime goal in the postseason and also tied Terry O’Reilly and Mel Hill for the second most in Bruins history. Teammate and current captain, Patrice Bergeron (4), is the franchise leader.

HURRICANES HOLD OFF LIGHTNING RALLY TO CLIMB BACK INTO SERIES

After Brayden Point and Alex Killorn helped the Lightning erase a 2-0 deficit, Jordan Staal deflected the overtime winner past Andrei Vasilevskiy to lift the Hurricanes to victory in Game 3. Carolina has competed in seven consecutive one-goal games dating to Game 3 of the First Round – the longest such stretch by any team since Ottawa (8 GP) and Washington (7 GP) during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Staal, who scored his third career overtime goal (all w/ CAR) and matched Niclas Wallin (3) for the most in Hurricanes/Whalers history, looks to help Carolina erase a 2-0 series deficit – a feat he has accomplished in his career previously. While as a member of the Penguins, Staal did so twice in 2009 en route to a Stanley Cup (CSF vs. WSH & SCF vs. DET).

Sebastian Aho assisted on Staal’s game-winning goal and finished the contest with 1-2—3, marking his fourth career playoff game with three or more points to tie Staal’s brother, Eric, for the second most in Hurricanes/Whalers history. Kevin Dineen (5) is the only player with more.

Carolina improved to 3-2 in overtime games during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs and has registered at least three overtime wins in a single postseason for the fourth time in franchise history. The others: 2002 (7), 2006 (4) and 2009 (3).

AVALANCHE, CANADIENS LOOK TO EXTEND WINNING STREAKS

Colorado and Montreal aim to extend their winning streak to seven and five games, respectively, as the Second Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues with two contests tonight.

The Avalanche own a 6-0 record this postseason, which is tied for the franchise’s longest winning streak at any point in a playoff year – the Quebec Nordiques also had a six-game run in 1987. The Canadiens look to earn five or more consecutive wins within a postseason for just the third time over the last 30 years, following 11- and five-game streaks in 1993 and 2014, respectively.

Colorado can become the 12th team in NHL history to earn victories in each of its first seven or more contests from the start of a postseason and first since Pittsburgh during the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs (7-0). Each of the eight teams with a postseason-opening winning streak of at least seven games during the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68) went on to reach the Stanley Cup Final that year – the three such runs before 1967-68 spanned into the Final, with the club claiming a championship in each instance.

Jets’ Scheifele Suspended Four Games for Charging

Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele has been suspended for four games for charging Montreal Canadiens forward Jake Evans during Game 1 of the teams’ Second Round series in Winnipeg on Wednesday, June 2, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

If the term of the suspension is not fully served during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the remaining game will be served at the beginning of the 2021-22 regular season.

The incident occurred at 19:02 of the third period. Scheifele was assessed a major penalty for charging and game misconduct.

Video has a full explanation of the decision.

Gabriel, Rinne and Subban Voted King Clancy Trophy Finalists

San Jose Sharks right wing Kurtis Gabriel, Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne and New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban are the three finalists for the 2020‑21 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is presented “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Each NHL team nominated a player for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, 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:

  • 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
  • Creativity of programming
  • Use of influence; engagement of others

The winners of the 2021 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone will be revealed during the Stanley Cup Semifinals and Stanley Cup Final, with exact dates, format and times to be announced. The King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner will receive a $25,000 donation to benefit a charity or charities of his choice. The two runners-up each will receive a $5,000 donation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice.

Following are the finalists for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Kurtis Gabriel, San Jose Sharks

Gabriel is a steadfast advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. He uses his social media accounts to amplify messaging and educate fans and fellow players, while supporting LGBTQ+ causes by participating in events and having candid conversations. In a digital age, he has been able to use his platform on Twitter and Instagram to spread awareness like never before. He supported the local San Jose nonprofit, the LGBTQ Youth Space, by donating a custom, game-worn skate to be auctioned by the Sharks Foundation. Featuring the colors of the Pride flag and the message “Love is Love,” the item raised $1,600 in support of the nonprofit. Reflecting his interest in raising awareness for racial and social justice, Gabriel’s second skate in the custom set, which features the messages “BLM” & “Hope, Empathy, Change,” will be auctioned by the Sharks Foundation during its Juneteenth auction this summer, with proceeds going to a diversity-focused nonprofit.

Gabriel has been an ongoing advocate for You Can Play, a nonprofit working to ensure the safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches and fans. He also has supported the African American Community Service Agency, Las Lomitas Education Foundation, Housing Industry Foundation, San Jose Firefighters Burn Foundation, Girls on the Run Silicon Valley and the Sharks Foundation.

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

Rinne, 38, is a Predators franchise icon for a sparkling playing career that includes 369 wins since debuting with Nashville in December 2005, and for his unwavering commitment through the years to improve the lives of so many in Middle Tennessee. In 2012-13, alongside former captain Shea Weber, Rinne formed the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund, raising money and awareness for cancer research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Since the establishment of the fund, donations totaling over $3 million have been made to the hospital and its programs. In his first full season with the team, after meeting Mike, a man with Down Syndrome, Rinne also fostered an ongoing affiliation with Best Buddies, a nonprofit advocating for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Additionally, Rinne has continued to support Make-A-Wish; the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s, founded in 2009 by former Predators assistant coach Brent Peterson to raise awareness of the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease; and a number of other initiatives throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“He’s just been such an incredible person on and off the ice, especially off the ice,” Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm said of Rinne. “He just conducts himself to the game in a way that’s just pure class. I don’t have enough good things to say about him. He’s been a leader in the city, in this community, and he’s going to go down as one of, if not the greatest Predator to ever put this uniform on.”

P.K. Subban, New Jersey Devils

Subban, a King Clancy Memorial Trophy finalist in 2020 and for the third time overall, has embraced philanthropic work throughout his entire NHL career. The blueliner launched the P.K. Subban Foundation in 2014 and has participated in a number of other efforts during his 12 NHL seasons in the greater Newark, Montreal and Nashville communities. Since joining the Devils in 2019, Subban has established his Blueline Buddies program in Newark. Although this year the team wasn’t able to host in-person visits, Subban adapted the program to go virtually with video conferencing meetings during which he engaged with program members. Throughout the 2020-21 campaign, Subban also met with members of the medical community, frontline workers and those who have served their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Devils’ King Clancy nominee also works to grow the sport of hockey as a role model for others. “It’s about having an influence on kids who look like me coming up through the sport,” Subban said. “Giving them that hope, in seeing where I’ve come from and where I am today. I feel I have the power to change lives through the sport and connect with people through this program and beyond. That’s really important to me especially given the current climate.”

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