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Stanley Cup Playoffs May 12 2018 Review

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Stanley Cup Playoffs May 12 2018 Review

SATURDAY’S RESULT
The Jets defeated the Golden Knights 4-2 to take a 1-0 series lead as both teams made their Conference Finals debut. Franchises that win Game 1 in their first-ever Conference Finals/Semifinals appearance (since 1974-75) own an all-time series record of 9-5 (64.3%).

JETS COME OUT FLYING IN GAME 1 VICTORY
Dustin Byfuglien (1-1—2), Mark Scheifele (1-1—2) and Blake Wheeler (0-3—3) all recorded multiple points as the Jets scored three goals in the opening 7:35 of the first period, including two in a span of 46 seconds, to open the Western Conference Final with a victory in front of another raucous Whiteout crowd at Bell MTS Place. Winnipeg improved to 5-2 at home in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, outscoring opponents 24-15 in those contests.

Byfuglien opened the scoring at 1:05 of the first period, the fastest goal to begin a game by a franchise making its Conference Finals/Semifinals debut (since 1974-75). The Jets improved to 8-1 in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs when scoring the game’s opening goal.

Byfuglien paces all defensemen with 5-10—15 in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs and his five multi-point efforts lead all blueliners this postseason.

Wheeler recorded his third three-point performance in his last six games (2-9—11). He boosted his totals to 3-15—18 overall in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs and leads all players with 15 assists. In the 2017-18 regular season, Wheeler tied Flyers captain Claude Giroux for the League lead with 68 helpers.

Connor Hellebuyck (19 saves) improved to 9-4 in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (2.23 GAA, .926 SV%, 2 SO), including a 5-2 mark at Bell MTS Place (2.02 GAA, .920 SV%, 1 SO).

SCHEIFELE CONTINUES TO PILE ON THE POINTS
Jets forward Mark Scheifele scored his League-leading 12th goal of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (13 GP) – one shy of the leader from the entire 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Jake Guentzel: 13 in 25 GP). The NHL record for most goals in a playoff year is 19, set by Reggie Leach in 1976 (16 GP) and matched by Jari Kurri in 1985 (18 GP).

Scheifele, who is tied for fourth in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 12-6—18, registered his eighth multi-point game of the postseason and third in his last four contests. This marks the 20th time in NHL history and just eighth in the last 30 years that a player has posted multiple points in eight or more of his team’s first 13 games of a postseason. Sidney Crosby (twice) is the only other active player to accomplish the feat.

The record for most multi-point games by a player in an entire postseason is 14, set by Mario Lemieux in 1991 (23 GP).


CANADIAN REGIONAL FINAL OF NHL GAMING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AIRS TODAY
The bracket for the Canadian Regional Final of the NHL Gaming World Championship is set. Watch it all go down today on Twitch.tv/NHL beginning at 2 p.m. ET. The winner and runner up will head to Las Vegas for the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship Final on June 19. Tournament details, regional brackets, news and players bios can be found at NHL.com/Gaming.

SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION

The Lightning look to bounce back from a series-opening loss on home ice when they host the Capitals in Game 2. Teams that take a 2-0 series lead in the Conference Finals/Semifinals (since 1974-75) hold an all-time series record of 39-2 (95.1%) on Sunday, May 13 8:00 PM ET.