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NHL Morning Skate for Monday, May 22, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

 

SUNDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 7, Ottawa 0 – PIT leads 3-2

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST LEADS PENGUINS TO 3-2 SERIES LEAD
Pittsburgh scored four goals in the first period en route to a 7-0 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Penguins moved within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season and aim to become the first NHL team to make consecutive appearances since they faced the Red Wings in back-to-back years in 2008 (DET: 4-2) and 2009 (PIT: 4-3).

* The Penguins earned a margin of victory of at least seven goals in a playoff shutout for the fourth time in franchise history. In fact, Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final marked just the third time in the past 10 playoff years that a team earned a shutout with a margin of victory of at least seven goals, and the second time this postseason (SJS: 7-0 W vs. EDM in Game 4 of FR).

* Elias notes that in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68), Game 5 marked just the fifth time a team earned a margin of victory of at least seven goals in a shutout in the Conference Finals/Semi-Finals or later, and the first since 2002 (DET: 7-0 W vs. COL in Game 7 of CF).

* It also marked the first seven-goal margin of any kind in a Conference Finals game since the same Detroit victory in 2002 (7-0 W vs. COL).

* Pittsburgh’s four goals in the first 20 minutes of Game 5 were two shy of the franchise playoff record for most goals in a period (6), achieved in the opening frame of Game 5 of the 1989 Division Finals vs. PHI (10-7 W).

Evgeni Malkin collected three assists and leads all skaters with 6-17—23 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (17 GP). Malkin (54-98—152 in 141 GP) became the 29th player in NHL history to record 150 career postseason points and leapfrogged Mario Lemieux (96) for second on the franchise’s all-time assists list. Malkin also skated in his 141st career playoff game (all w/ PIT) to pass Jaromir Jagr (140) for the most in franchise history.

Matt Murray, who made his first start of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 4, denied 25 shots in Game 5 to record his second career postseason shutout (also Game 4 of 2016 FR at NYR). He improved to 17-6 in 24 career playoff appearances (1.97 GAA, .927 SV%, 2 SO).

* When teams are tied 2-2 in a best-of-seven series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 198-54, including a 5-0 mark this postseason.

CROSBY CONTINUES TO PRODUCE IN POSTSEASON
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (1-1—2) scored for the third straight game (3-2—5) and ranks second among all skaters with 7-12—19 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (16 GP).

* Crosby (56-100—156 in 140 GP) became the 22nd player in NHL history to record 100 career postseason assists and just the second active skater, joining Jaromir Jagr (78-123—201 in 208 GP). Elias adds that only three players in the past 20 years have reached the 100-assist milestone in fewer playoff games: Adam Oates in 1998 (126 GP), Al MacInnis in 1999 (132 GP) and Peter Forsberg in 2006 (136 GP).

* Crosby has recorded 38 points versus the Senators in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, his most against any NHL opponent (17-21—38 in 25 GP).

LOOSE PUCKS
Penguins forward Carter Rowney (0-3—3) collected his first three career playoff points (12 GP) . . . Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta opened the scoring for the second straight game and has collected 2-5—7 in 17 games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, matching his total from the 2016-17 regular season (1-6—7 in 55 GP) . . . Penguins forward Matt Cullen scored his second goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (17 GP). Elias adds that Cullen became the first player to score multiple goals in a single postseason at 40 years of age or older since Teemu Selanne in 2014 (2 w/ ANA) . . . Sweden defeated Canada in a shootout to win the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Hockey Championship, while Russia defeated Finland to earn the bronze . . . Actor Michael Keaton, a Pennsylvania native, was in attendance at PPG Paints Arena for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final . . . ICYMI: A big crowd of enthusiastic fans greeted the Predators at the airport as they returned to Nashville for Monday’s Game 6.

SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
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Anaheim @ Nashville, NSH leads 3-2, 8 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN
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PREDATORS AIM TO CLINCH FIRST-EVER BERTH IN THE STANLEY CUP FINAL
The Predators, who began play in 1998-99 and are competing in their 10th postseason, aim to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history when they host the Ducks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville owns a 3-2 series lead for the third time in franchise history and have won Game 6 in each of the two previous instances – the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals vs. ANA and the 2017 Second Round vs. STL. The Predators own a 6-1 record at home during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs while the Ducks are 5-2 on the road, including a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 4 to snap Nashville’s playoff home win streak at 10 games.

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NHL Morning Skate for Monday, May 15, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

 

SUNDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
ANAHEIM 5, Nashville 3 – series tied 1-1

NEAR-RECORD NUMBER OF MULTI-GOAL COMEBACKS THIS POSTSEASON
The Ducks overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to even their series with the Predators, marking the 29th comeback victory of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (71 GP, 40.8%) and 14th multi-goal comeback win this postseason (19.7%).

* Elias notes that the 14 multi-goal comeback victories are one shy of matching the NHL record for most such wins in a playoff year, a mark set in 2014 when 15 of 93 games (16.1%) were won by a team that erased a deficit of at least two goals.

* The Ducks have staged four of the multi-goal comeback wins this postseason, marking the sixth time in NHL history that a team has earned at least four such victories in a single postseason. The other instances: the Canadiens in 1973 and 1979 (4 in each), the Blues in 1986 (4), the Flyers in 1987 (5) and the Kings in 2014 (4).

* Elias adds that the NHL record for comeback wins in a postseason was set in 1990, when 45 of 85 contests (52.9%) saw the winning team erase a deficit of at least one goal.

DUCKS STAGE ANOTHER RALLY TO EVEN WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
The Ducks tied the game twice in the second period before Nick Ritchie scored the game-winning goal with 2:53 remaining in the middle frame to help Anaheim even the Western Conference Final at 1-1.

* The Ducks overcame a deficit (of any margin) to win for the sixth time this postseason, with Game 2 being their fourth multi-goal comeback win (also Game 3 of FR at CGY, Game 4 of SR at EDM and Game 5 of SR vs. EDM). Per Elias, Anaheim overcame a multi-goal deficit to win only four times during the 2016-17 regular season.

* Ritchie, the 10th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, tallied his second game-winning goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (also Game 7 vs. EDM; 11 GP). He scored three such markers in the 2016-17 regular season (77 GP).

Jakob Silfverberg scored his ninth goal of the postseason to tie Penguins forward Jake Guentzel for the most in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Only two players in Ducks history have scored more goals in a single postseason: Andy McDonald (10 in 2007) and Corey Perry (10 in 2015).

* When teams are tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the winner of Game 3 holds an all-time series record of 205-99, including a 3-2 mark this postseason.

DID YOU KNOW?
Ryan Getzlaf (8-10—18 in 13 GP) collected three assists for his second three-point performance of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (also Game 4 at EDM: 2-2—4), moving within one point of Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (6-13—19) for the League lead.

* Getzlaf’s 18 points are tied for the second-most in a single postseason by a Ducks player, two points shy of tying the club record he set during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (2-18—20 in 16 GP). He is the all-time franchise leader in playoff goals, assists and points (37-80—117 in 117 GP).

* Among the 348 players with at least 100 career games played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, only 20 have averaged at least one point per game – with Getzlaf (1.00 PPG) being one of three active players on that list. The others: Penguins teammates Sidney Crosby (1.11 PPG; 53-98—151 in 136 GP) and Malkin (1.08 PPG; 54-94—148 in 137 GP).

LOOSE PUCKS
There have been 44 one-goal games this postseason, with another nine decided by two goals following an empty-net tally (combined, 74.7%) . . . Ducks forward Ondrej Kase scored his first career playoff goal (5 GP) . . . Predators forward Ryan Johansen (1-1—2) registered his third consecutive multi-point game to boost his team-leading totals to 3-10—13 this postseason (12 GP) and equal the franchise record for most points in one playoff year . . . Predators forward James Neal scored his 13th career playoff goal with the Predators (32 GP), tying David Legwand (47 GP) and Shea Weber (59 GP) for the most in franchise history. ICYMI: Neal was mic’d up when he scored the overtime winner in Game 1 . . . Nashville mayor Megan Barry and Anaheim mayor Tom Tait made a friendly wager based on the outcome of the Western Conference Final.

SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
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Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, OTT leads 1-0, 8 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN
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NHL Morning Skate for Sunday, May 14, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

 

 

SATURDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
Ottawa 2, PITTSBURGH 1 (OT) – OTT leads 1-0

ANOTHER OT VICTORY GIVES OTTAWA LEAD IN EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
Bobby Ryan (1-1—2) scored at 4:59 of overtime to power the Senators to a victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. Ottawa has won the opening game in each of its three all-time Conference Finals appearances (also 2003 and 2007).

* The Senators improved to 6-1 in overtime this postseason, including a 3-0 record on the road. Only three NHL teams have collected more overtime wins in a single playoff year: the 1993 Canadiens (10), 2002 Hurricanes (7) and 2003 Mighty Ducks (7).

* Elias notes that the Senators became the sixth team in NHL history to win six of their first seven overtime games in a single postseason and the first to do so since the Mighty Ducks won each of their first seven overtime contests in the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* Ryan, who also scored in extra time in Game 3 of the First Round at BOS, became the first player in Senators history to record multiple overtime goals in a single playoff year. He leads Ottawa forwards with 5-6—11 in 13 outings this postseason, including a trio of game-winning tallies (also Game 4 of FR at BOS).

AS CLOSE AS IT GETS

* The Senators and Penguins faced off in the 25th overtime game of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (70 GP), three shy of tying the NHL record for most in a single playoff year (28 in 85 GP in 1993).

* Saturday’s contest marked the 44th one-goal game this postseason (70 GP, 62.9%). The NHL record for one-goal games in a single playoff year is 51, set in 81 contests in 2007 (63.0%).

* The Senators improved to 8-2 in one-goal games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Their only multi-goal victory came after an empty-net tally in Game 6 of the Second Round at NYR.

LOOSE PUCKS
Teams that win the first game in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 456-208 (68.7%), including a 9-3 mark this year . . . Forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau (1-1—2) scored his eighth goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the second-most by a Senators player in a single postseason (Daniel Alfredsson: 14 in 2007) . . . Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (1-0—1) registered his League-leading 19th point of the playoffs (6-13—19). Malkin (54-94—148 in 137 GP) also moved past Jaromir Jagr (65-82—147 in 140 GP) for third place on Pittsburgh’s all-time postseason points list . . . Craig Anderson (27 SV) earned his 19th playoff victory with the Senators, two shy of the franchise record held by Patrick Lalime (21) . . . ICYMI: Patients and staff at Montreal Children’s Hospital sang “Happy Birthday” to Predators defenseman P.K. Subban in an online video.

 

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NHL Morning Skate for Saturday, May 13, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

 

FRIDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
Nashville 3, ANAHEIM 2 (OT) – NSH leads 1-0

PREDATORS, DUCKS CONTINUE TREND OF CLOSE GAMES
Game 1 of the Western Conference Final continued the trend of close games and comebacks that highlighted the first two rounds of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the Predators earning an overtime victory despite allowing the first goal and surrendering a tying marker in the third period.

* The Ducks and Predators contested the 24th overtime game of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (four of which have required multiple extra periods), four shy of matching the NHL record for most in a single playoff year (28 in 85 GP in 1993).

* Friday’s contest marked the 43rd one-goal game this postseason (69 GP, 62.3%). Elias notes that the record for one-goal games in a single playoff year was established in 2007, when 51 of 81 games (63%) were decided by one goal.

* The Predators overcame a deficit of at least one goal to win for the third time in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Overall, 28 of 69 games (40.6%) have seen the winning team overcome a deficit of any margin to win.

PREDATORS CLAIM OT VICTORY IN CONFERENCE FINALS DEBUT
The Ducks tied the game in the third period, but James Neal scored at 9:24 of overtime – on the Predators’ 46th shot of the game – to lead Nashville to victory in its first ever game in the Western Conference Final.

* The Predators improved to 9-2 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs and 6-2 in eight all-time postseason games at Honda Center.

* Neal, who notched his fourth goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, scored his second career playoff overtime goal (69 GP) and first with the Predators. His only other such tally game during his first postseason appearance in 2011 with the Penguins (Game 4 of CQF at TBL).

Filip Forsberg also tallied his fourth goal this postseason to tie the game in the first period – his first marker since Game 1 at STL (4-3 W). After scoring first in each of their first eight games of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Predators surrendered the opening goal for a third straight game, improving to 2-1 in those contests.

Ryan Johansen assisted on both goals in regulation to boost his team-leading totals to 2-9—11 this postseason (11 GP), two points shy of equaling the most by a Predators player in one playoff year.

* The Predators registered more than 45 shots on goal in a playoff game for the fifth time in franchise history and second time this postseason (also Game 3 vs. CHI: 49 SOG in 3-2 OT W). The franchise record for most shots in a playoff game is 54, established in Game 1 of the 2015 First Round vs. CHI (4-3 2OT L).

LOOSE PUCKS
Teams that win the first game in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 456-208 (68.7%), including a 9-3 mark this year . . . The Predators improved to 5-2 in one-goal games this postseason (2-0 in overtime), while the Ducks fell to 6-2 (3-1 in overtime) . . . Ducks goaltender John Gibson made 43 saves to establish a playoff career high . . . Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg scored his eighth goal of the postseason to tie Ryan Getzlaf for the team lead and for second in the NHL behind Penguins forward Jake Guentzel (9). Only three players in Ducks history have scored more goals in a single postseason: Andy McDonald (10 in 2007), Corey Perry (10 in 2015) and Joffrey Lupul (9 in 2006) . . . Predators forward Austin Watson scored his first career playoff goal (11 GP) and first goal overall since March 13 vs. WPG . . . Goaltender Ben Bishop signed a six-year contract with the Stars.

 

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NHL Morning Skate for Wednesday, May 10, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

TUESDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
Ottawa 4, NY RANGERS 2 – OTT wins 4-2

KARLSSON, ANDERSON LEAD SENATORS TO CONFERENCE FINALS
Erik Karlsson (1-1—2) scored the series-clinching goal and Craig Anderson made 37 saves as the Senators defeated the Rangers at Madison Square Garden to reach the Eastern Conference Final for the third time in franchise history (also 2003 and 2007).

* The Senators also clinched their First Round series as visitors, in Game 6 at TD Garden in Boston. The only other playoff year that Ottawa earned multiple series-clinching wins on the road was in 2007, when they posted series-clinching victories in New Jersey (Game 5 of CSF) and Buffalo (Game 5 of CF) en route to the Stanley Cup Final.

* Karlsson posted his second consecutive multi-point game (0-3—3 in Game 5) and tallied his second game-winning goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Karlsson, who leads the Senators with 2-11—13 in 12 outings, extended franchise records for assists and points in one playoff year by a defenseman and also became the first blueliner in franchise history to score multiple game-winning goals in a single postseason.

* Anderson (33 GP) earned his 18th career playoff win with the Senators to tie Ray Emery (18 in 30 GP) for second place in franchise history, three behind Patrick Lalime (21 in 41 GP).

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored into an empty net to seal the victory, his team-leading seventh goal this postseason (and sixth vs. NYR). Elias notes that Pageau matched the franchise record for most goals in a single playoff series, a mark set by Martin Havlat in the 2006 Conference Quarterfinals vs. TBL.

* The Senators will start the next round on the road against the winner of the Capitals-Penguins series. Ottawa has faced Pittsburgh four times previously in the postseason (1-3), most recently in the 2013 Conference Semifinals (4-1 L), and Washington only once, in the 1998 Conference Semifinals (4-1 L).

SABRES, RANGERS TO PLAY IN 2018 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC
The 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will feature the Sabres playing host to the Rangers on Jan. 1, 2018 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. The New Year’s Day contest will mark the 10-year anniversary of the NHL Winter Classic and will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. ET on NBC in the U.S. and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.

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LOOSE PUCKS
Senators forward Mark Stone (1-1—2) tallied three goals in the Second Round vs. NYR (3-1—4 in 6 GP) after scoring once in the First Round vs. BOS (1-1—2 in 6 GP) . . . Forty-one of 66 games contested thus far in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been decided by one goal and another eight have been decided by two goals following an empty-net tally . . . The Stars acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the Kings in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft . . . The Kings signed forward Tanner Pearson to a four-year contract . . . ICYMI: The Penguins and Capitals were mic’d up for Game 6 of their Second Round series.

SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
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Pittsburgh @ Washington, series tied 3-3, 7:30 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN
Edmonton @ Anaheim, series tied 3-3, 10 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN
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GAME 7 DOUBLEHEADER CLOSES OUT SECOND ROUND
The final day of the Second Round features a Game 7 doubleheader that begins with the Penguins and Capitals playing out the latest chapter of their long and spirited rivalry at Verizon Center in Washington and closes with a decisive contest between the Oilers and Ducks from Honda Center in Anaheim.

* The Capitals will ice a roster that has skated a total of 76 career Game 7s, with forward Justin Williams boasting a perfect 7-0 lifetime record in winner-take-all contests. Williams collected 1-1—2 in his last such contest – a 5-4 victory with the Kings in the 2014 Western Conference Final at CHI that included an assist on the overtime winner – to increase his career Game 7 totals to 7-7—14, surpassing Doug Gilmour (13) for the most points in Game 7 history and tying Glenn Anderson for most goals.

* The Penguins, meanwhile, have won each of their previous Game 7s against the Capitals (1992, 1995 and 2009), including two victories in Washington, and own a perfect 5-0 road record in Game 7s – the best among all major pro sports franchises. Forward Carl Hagelin (0-2—2) owns a 7-1 record in eight career Game 7s, while teammate Matt Cullen (0-3—3) is 5-0.

* Eight players that skated in the last Game 7 between the Capitals and Penguins are expected to be in the lineup tonight: Pittsburgh’s Sidney CrosbyMarc-Andre FleuryChris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin as well as Washington’s Brooks Orpik (who played for PIT in that game), Nicklas BackstromJay Beagle and Alex Ovechkin. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (injured) also played in their last winner-take-all showdown.

* The Ducks will play host to a Game 7 for the fifth consecutive year as they try to snap a five-game losing streak in all Game 7s that dates to the 2009 Conference Semifinals at DET. The Oilers, meanwhile, will play their first Game 7 in nearly 11 years – a 3-1 loss in the Stanley Cup Final at CAR. The winner will own home-ice advantage against the Predators in the Western Conference Final.

* Oilers forward Milan Lucic has the most Game 7 experience among all players in the series, collecting 4-2—6 in 10 such contests in his career (all w/ BOS). Ducks forwards Ryan Getzlaf (0-3—3) and Corey Perry (3-1—4) have played in six Game 7s apiece, second on the Anaheim roster behind Patrick Eaves (1-0—1 in 7 GP).

GAME 7 TRENDS

* Home teams are 97-69 (.584) all-time in Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 3-2 mark in 2016.

* The team that scores first is 124-42 all-time (.747), including a 5-0 mark in 2016.

* Forty Game 7s have required overtime (40-of-166, 24.1%). Home and road teams each have 20 wins.

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