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NHL Morning Skate for Friday, April 21, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

THURSDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
NY Rangers 3, MONTREAL 2 (OT) – NYR leads 3-2
PITTSBURGH 5, Columbus 2 – PIT wins 4-1
NASHVILLE 4, Chicago 1 – NSH wins 4-0
EDMONTON 4, San Jose 3 (OT) – EDM leads 3-2

PREDATORS COMPLETE HISTORIC SWEEP OF BLACKHAWKS
Roman Josi scored twice and Pekka Rinne made 30 saves as the Predators defeated the Blackhawks to complete the first sweep in franchise history.

* Nashville, who finished in the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, won four consecutive playoff games (at any stage in the postseason) for the first time to defeat Chicago, owners of the best record in the conference during the regular season.

* Elias notes that Nashville became the third team since 1974-75 (when the NHL introduced the conference format) to sweep the team with the best record in the conference in the opening round. The others: Edmonton swept Montreal in the 1981 Preliminary Round (best-of-five) and St. Louis swept Chicago in the 1993 Division Semifinals (best-of-seven).

RINNE GUIDES PREDATORS’ STELLAR DEFENSIVE PLAY
Pekka Rinne, who took a shutout into the final six minutes of the third period, stopped 123 of 126 shots as Nashville outscored the Blackhawks 13-3 over the four-game series.

* The Predators became the 14th team in NHL history (and fifth in the past 38 years) to allow three goals against or fewer in a four-game series. Only four teams in NHL history have surrendered fewer than three goals in a four-game series: the Maple Leafs in the 1935 Semifinals vs. BOS (2 GA), the Red Wings in the 1952 Final vs. MTL (2 GA), the Ducks in the 2003 Conference Finals vs. MIN (1 GA) and the Bruins in the 2013 Conference Finals vs. PIT (2 GA).

* Rinne finished the series with a 0.70 goals-against average and .976 save percentage. Elias notes that Rinne is the fourth goaltender in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to win all four games of a playoff series while recording a goals-against average of 0.70 or less. The others: Tony Esposito (0.50 GAA in 1974 SF w/ CHI), Jean-Sebastian Giguere (0.22 GAA in 2003 CF w/ ANA) and Tuukka Rask (0.44 GAA in 2013 CF w/ BOS).

MALKIN, FLEURY LEAD DEFENDING CHAMPIONS INTO SECOND ROUND
Evgeni Malkin (0-3—3) registered his second three-point game of the series and Marc-Andre Fleury made 49 saves as the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins defeated the Blue Jackets to become the first Eastern Conference team to advance.

* The Penguins won a series on home ice for the 15th time in franchise history; they accomplished the feat three times during their run to the Stanley Cup in 2016.

* Malkin, who registered multiple points four times in the five-game series, extended his League leads for assists and points in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (2-9—11 in 5 GP). Elias notes that Malkin became the second Penguins player to record at least 11 points in a series of five games or fewer, joining Mario Lemieux (1991 F vs. MNS: 5-7—12 in 5 GP). Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky tallied 2-13—15 in the 1987 Division Semifinals vs. LAK to set the NHL record for points in a five-game series.

* Elias notes that Malkin registered at least 11 points in a playoff series (of any length) for the second time in his career (also 2013 CQF vs. NYI: 2-9—11 in 6 GP). Sidney Crosby (1-0—1), who collected 2-5—7 against Columbus, is the only other Penguins player with at least 11 points in one series in the past 18 years (2009 CSF vs. WSH: 8-5—13 in 7 GP and 2010 CQF vs. OTT: 5-9—14 in 6 GP).

* Fleury, who played in all five games after making a surprise start in Game 1, registered his 57th career playoff win (all w/ PIT) to move past Tom Barrasso (56) for the most in franchise history. Fleury, who established a career high for saves in a regulation playoff game, ranks second among active goaltenders in career postseason wins behind Henrik Lundqvist (58).

SOPHOMORE SUCCESS: DID YOU KNOW?
Penguins sophomore Bryan Rust scored twice in the second period – including his second playoff game-winning goal – to register his third career multi-goal game in the postseason, all of which have come in series-clinching wins.

* In 2016, Rust established a franchise rookie playoff record with six goals during Pittsburgh’s run to the Stanley Cup, highlighted by multi-goal performances in Game 5 of the First Round vs. NYR (2-1—3) and Game 7 of the Conference Finals vs. TBL (2-0—2). His goal against Tampa Bay also stood as the series-clinching tally.

* Elias notes that Rust became the first NHL player to have each of his first three career multi-goal playoff games occur in series-clinching wins since Jeremy Roenick achieved the feat with the Blackhawks from 1990 to 1992.

NEW ADDITIONS SCORE IN OT AS OILERS, RANGERS TAKE SERIES LEADS
The Oilers and Rangers each received an overtime goal from a player acquired within the past year to take a 3-2 lead in their respective First Round series:

David Desharnais scored at 18:15 of overtime – after Oscar Klefbom tied the game with 2:46 remaining in regulation – to help the Oilers complete a multi-goal comeback and move within one victory of the Second Round. Desharnais, who was acquired on Feb. 28, tallied his first career playoff overtime goal (43 GP) to help Edmonton become the eighth team to win a game in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs in which they trailed by at least two goals.

Mika Zibanejad scored at 14:22 of overtime and Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves as the Rangers won their second straight game to reclaim the series lead. Zibanejad, who was acquired via trade during the offseason, scored his first career playoff overtime goal (21 GP) as New York overcame deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to win. Of the 35 games contested this postseason, 13 have seen a team overcome a deficit of at least one goal to win (37.1%).

* Elias notes that when teams are tied 2-2 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 193-54 (78.1%).

LAINE, MATTHEWS AND WERENSKI VOTED CALDER TROPHY FINALISTS
Jets right wing Patrik Laine, Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition.”

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 21, during the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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LOOSE PUCKS
Phil Kessel, who led the Penguins in goals (10) and points (22) during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tallied 1-2—3 to move into second place in playoff scoring (2-6—8) . . . Predators forwards Ryan Johansen (1-5—6) and Filip Forsberg (2-3—5) each notched an assist in Game 4 to finish the series with at least a point in every game . . . The NHL announced start times for First Round games on Sunday, April 23 . . . Country music singer Luke Bryan sang the U.S. national anthem before Game 4 of the Blackhawks-Predators series.

 

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NHL Morning Skate for Saturday, April 22, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
WASHINGTON 2, Toronto 1 (OT) – WSH leads 3-2
Boston 3, OTTAWA 2 (2OT) – OTT leads 3-2

WORKING OVERTIME
Fifteen of the first 37 games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have required overtime (40.5%), including both contests on Friday.

* Elias notes that this marks the fourth time since 1979-80, when the League expanded its playoff structure to include 16 teams, that the opening round has featured at least 15 overtime contests. The other instances: 17 in 2013 (47 GP), 16 in 2012 (48 GP) and 15 in 2001 (44 GP).

* Game 5 of the Maple Leafs-Capitals series was the shortest overtime contest this postseason, with the winning goal scored just 64 seconds into the extra frame. Meanwhile, Game 5 of the Bruins-Senators series was the second-longest in 2017 (30:19), behind Game 2 between the Maple Leafs and Capitals (31:53).

ROOKIE KURALY RALLIES BRUINS IN MUST-WIN, DOUBLE-OT THRILLER . . .
Playing in just his third career playoff game, Sean Kuraly (2-0—2) tied the score at 17:05 of the second period and netted the winning goal at 10:19 of double-overtime to help the Bruins erase a two-goal deficit and stave off elimination against the Senators.

* Kuraly scored his first two career NHL goals (regular season and playoffs, 11 GP). Elias says that he became the seventh Bruins rookie to score an overtime goal in the postseason, joining Mel Hill (3 in 1939), Ab DeMarco (1943), Don Gallinger (1943), Ted Donato (1992), Patrice Bergeron (2004) and Matt Fraser (2014).

* Kuraly, a native of Dublin, Ohio, was selected in the fifth round (133rd overall) by the Sharks in the 2011 NHL Draft and acquired by Boston on June 30, 2015 in a trade for goaltender Martin Jones (who was acquired from LAK four days earlier). The 24-year-old made his NHL debut on Nov. 3, 2016 at TBL and collected 0-1—1 in eight games in 2016-17.

* Elias notes that the Bruins won a playoff game in overtime in which they faced elimination for the ninth time franchise history; the only other such victory to require multiple extra frames was Game 7 of the 1939 Semifinals vs. NYR (2-1 3OT W).

* Elias adds that the Bruins overcame a multi-goal deficit to win a playoff game in which they faced elimination for the fourth time in franchise history (also Game 7 of 1983 DF vs. BUF, Game 4 of 1985 DSF vs. MTL and Game 7 of 2013 CQF vs. TOR).

. . . VETERAN WILLIAMS POWERS CAPITALS TO 3-2 SERIES LEAD
Justin Williams scored at 1:04 of overtime to power the Capitals past the Maple Leafs in the fourth overtime contest of the series and move Washington to within one win of the Second Round.

* Williams scored his seventh career game-winning goal in the postseason and second in overtime (also Game 1 of 2014 F vs. NYR w/ LAK). Elias notes that Williams has collected 16-20—36 in Games 5-7 in his career (44 GP), with his teams holding a 26-18 record in those contests.

* The Capitals and Maple Leafs have split their four overtime games. It marks the second time that Washington has gone past regulation in four games in one series (also 2012 CQF vs. BOS: 2-2) and the third such instance for Toronto (also 1933 SF vs. BOS: 2-2 and 1951 F vs. MTL: 4-1).

ROOKIE SCORING: DID YOU KNOW?
Sean Kuraly became the fourth rookie to score an overtime goal this postseason, joining Kasperi Kapanen (TOR), Jake Guentzel (PIT) and Kevin Fiala (NSH). Elias notes that NHL record for the most rookies with an overtime goal in a playoff year is five, set during the 1968 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Jacques Lemaire: 2; Milan MarcettaLarry KeenanGary Sabourin and Don Blackburn: 1 each).

Auston Matthews scored for a third straight game (3-1—4). Elias notes that Matthews became the fourth rookie in Maple Leafs franchise history to score in three or more consecutive playoff games. The first instance occurred in the NHL’s inaugural season when Alf Skinner scored in Games 1-3 of the 1918 Stanley Cup Final against the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. The other rookies to achieve the feat with Toronto: Walt Poddubny (3 GP in 1983) and Wendel Clark (4 GP in 1986).

BURNS, HEDMAN AND KARLSSON VOTED NORRIS TROPHY FINALISTS
Brent Burns of the Sharks, Victor Hedman of the Lightning and Erik Karlsson of the Senators are the three finalists for the 2016-17 James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.”

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 announced Wednesday, June 21, during the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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LOOSE PUCKS
Elias notes that when teams are tied 2-2 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series, the winner of Game 5 holds all-time series record of 193-54 (78.1%) . . . Capitals forward T.J. Oshie has collected at least one point in all five games this postseason (3-4—7) . . . Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (41 saves) improved to 4-2 in six career postseason games when facing at least 40 shots against . . . Senators captain Erik Karlsson paced all players with 41:51 TOI, the third-highest TOI in franchise playoff history behind Zdeno Chara (44:19) and Wade Redden (44:04) who each eclipsed 44:00 in Game 2 of the 2002 Conference Semifinals at TOR, a triple-overtime contest that stands as the second-longest game in franchise history.

 

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NHL Morning Skate for Tuesday, April 18, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

 

MONDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Ottawa 4, BOSTON 3 (OT) – OTT leads 2-1
TORONTO 4, Washington 3 (OT) – TOR leads 2-1
NASHVILLE 3, Chicago 2 (OT) – NSH leads 3-0
Anaheim 5, CALGARY 4 (OT) – ANA leads 3-0

60 IS NOT ENOUGH
All four games contested on Monday required overtime. Elias notes that four games required overtime on the same day for the third time in Stanley Cup Playoffs history (also April 11, 1980 and April 10, 1985).

* Eleven of the first 24 games in the First Round have required overtime (45.8%), with road teams holding a 6-5 edge in those contests. Elias notes that the record for most overtime games in the opening round of the postseason is 17, set during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs (47 games).

* Elias adds that 11 of the 24 games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have seen the winning team overcome a deficit, including seven multi-goal comebacks.

DUCKS OVERCOME THREE-GOAL DEFICIT TO TAKE 3-0 SERIES LEAD
Trailing 4-1, Anaheim tallied three times before Corey Perry (1-1—2) scored at 1:30 of overtime to lift the Ducks to their sixth 3-0 series lead in franchise history and first since the 2015 First Round vs. WPG (4-0 series win).

* Elias notes that the Ducks overcame a three-goal deficit to win a playoff game for the first time in franchise history.

* Perry – who skated in his 100th playoff game – notched his second career overtime goal in the postseason (also Game 5 of 2015 SR vs. CGY) and joined Nick BoninoPaul KariyaScott Niedermayer and Petr Sykora as the only players in franchise history to score two playoff overtime goals. Perry (33) also moved within two goals of tying Teemu Selanne (35) for the most in franchise playoff history.

Nate Thompson (1-2—3) registered his first career three-point playoff game, while Shea Theodore (2-0—2) scored his first two career postseason goals. Jonathan Bernier made 16 saves in relief of John Gibson to earn his first career playoff win.

PREDATORS RALLY FOR FIRST 3-0 SERIES LEAD IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and Kevin Fialatallied at 16:44 of overtime to power the Predators to their first 3-0 series lead in franchise history.

* Elias notes that the Predators overcame a multi-goal deficit in the third period to win a playoff game for the first time in franchise history.

* Elias adds that Fiala (20 years, 269 days) became the youngest player in franchise history to score an overtime goal in the postseason.

Pekka Rinne (34 saves) surrendered his first goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at 1:05 of the second period to see his shutout streak end at 141:05 – a franchise playoff record.

MAPLE LEAFS TAKE SERIES LEAD WITH COMEBACK WIN IN OVERTIME . . .
Toronto overcame a 3-1 deficit in the second period and Tyler Bozak scored on a power play at 1:37 of overtime to power the Maple Leafs to a 2-1 series lead against the Capitals.

* Elias notes that Bozak became just the third Maple Leafs player in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to score a power-play goal in overtime in the postseason, joining Mats Sundin (Game 2 of 1996 CQF vs. STL) and Mike Gartner (Game 5 of 1996 CQF vs. STL).

* Elias adds that the Maple Leafs overcame a multi-goal deficit to win a playoff game for the first time since Game 3 of the 2003 Conference Quarterfinals vs. PHI, a 4-3 victory in double-overtime.

* The Maple Leafs and Capitals have required overtime in all three games so far this series. The 2017 First Round marks just the second time in Maple Leafs franchise history the first three games of a playoff year have required overtime (also 1933 vs. BOS). The Capitals have only played three consecutive postseason overtime contests one other time in franchise history (Games 2-4, 1993 DSF).

. . . AS THEIR ROOKIES CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE
Auston Matthews (1-1—2) and William Nylander each scored their first career playoff goals, becoming the third and fourth Maple Leafs rookies to score in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (also Kasperi Kapanen and Mitch Marner).

* Elias notes that four different Maple Leafs rookies have scored in a playoff year for the first time since 1947 (Vic LynnHowie MeekerJoe Klukay and Gus Mortson).

* Elias adds that Matthews (19 years, 212 days) became the youngest Maple Leafs player to score in the postseason since Daniel Marois (19 years, 192 days) in Game 5 of the 1988 Division Semifinals at DET.

SENATORS HANG ON, TAKE 2-1 SERIES LEAD
Ottawa surrendered a 3-0 lead in the second period, but Bobby Ryan (1-1—2) scored on a power play at 5:43 of overtime as the Senators won back-to-back postseason overtime games for the first time in franchise history.

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* Elias notes that the Senators won a playoff game in which they surrendered a three-goal lead for the first time in franchise history.

* Elias adds that Ryan became the third player in franchise history to score a power-play goal in overtime in the postseason, joining Alexei Yashin (Game 3 of 1998 CQF vs. NJD) and Martin Havlat (Game 5 of 2002 CQF at PHI).

Mike Hoffman (2-0—2) opened the scoring with a highlight-reel, one-handed goal off a rink-long saucer pass from Erik Karlsson and added a second to record his first career multi-goal playoff game.

* Karlsson (0-2—2) has collected at least one assist in all three games of the series (0-4—4).

LOOSE PUCKS
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (1-0—1) became the fourth player in franchise history to score 50 career playoff goals, joining Bobby Hull (62), Denis Savard (61) and Stan Mikita (59) . . . Flames forward Sean Monahan (1-1—2) has scored in all three games of Calgary’s series (3-1—4) . . . The NHL announced start times for First Round games on Friday, April 21 . . .  The Hockey Hall of Fame announced that Dave Strader will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award and Cam Cole will receive the Elmer Ferguson Award during induction weekend in November . . .  Former NHL player Bobby Carpenter and former NWHL player Denna Laing completed the 2017 Boston Marathon . . . Renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris released portraits of Borje Salming and Peter Forsberg as part of the NHL Centennial Celebration . . . ICYMI: Country music star Carrie Underwood (pictured with Nashville Mayor Megan Barrysurprised Predators fans at Bridgestone Arena by performing the Star Spangled Banner prior to Game 3.

SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
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Montreal @ NY Rangers, MTL leads 2-1, 7 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN, MSG
Pittsburgh @ Columbus, PIT leads 3-0, 7:30 p.m., SN360, TVAS2, CNBC, FS-O, ROOT
Edmonton @ San Jose, EDM leads 2-1, 10 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN, NBCSCA
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PENGUINS LOOK TO BECOME FIRST TEAM TO ADVANCE TO SECOND ROUND
The defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins look to become the first team to advance to the Second Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs when they visit the Blue Jackets in Game 4 of their First Round Series (PIT leads 3-0). Pittsburgh is aiming for their seventh four-game sweep in franchise history and first since 2009 (vs. CAR in CF).

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NHL Morning Skate for Monday, April 17, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition

SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
ST. LOUIS 3, Minnesota 1 – STL leads 3-0
Pittsburgh 5, COLUMBUS 4 (OT) – PIT leads 3-0
Montreal 3, NY RANGERS 1 – MTL leads 2-1
Edmonton 1, SAN JOSE 0 – EDM leads 2-1

GUENTZEL COMPLETES HAT TRICK IN OT AS PENGUINS TAKE 3-0 LEAD
The Blue Jackets tied the game with 4:49 remaining in regulation, but Jake Guentzelcompleted his hat trick at 13:10 of overtime as the Penguins took a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven playoff series for the first time since the 2009 Conference Finals vs. CAR (4-0 W).

* Elias says that Guentzel became the second rookie in NHL history to record a hat trick in the postseason that included an overtime goal, following Montreal’s Gerry Plamondon in Game 2 of the 1949 Semifinals at DET. The only other Penguins player (at any stage of his career) to accomplish the feat: Ron Francis (Game 4 of 1992 DF vs. NYR).

* Elias adds that Guentzel became the first rookie in Penguins history to notch a hat trick in the playoffs and fourth rookie in franchise history to score a postseason overtime goal, joining Michel Briere (Game 4 of 1970 QF at OAK), Jaromir Jagr (Game 2 of 1991 DSF vs. NJD) and Conor Sheary (Game 2 of 2016 F vs. SJS).

* Guentzel, who had 16-17—33 in 40 games during the regular season, registered his second straight winning goal as well as his second consecutive multi-point performance (1-1—2 in Game 2).

DID YOU KNOW?
The Penguins overcame a 3-1 deficit before securing their victory in overtime.

* Elias notes that eight of the 20 games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have seen the winning team overcome a deficit, including four multi-goal comebacks.

* Six of the eight series in the First Round have required overtime in at least one game, with road teams holding a 4-3 edge in those contests.

ALLEN, SCHWARTZ GUIDE BLUES TO 3-0 SERIES LEAD OVER WILD
Jake Allen made 40 saves and Jaden Schwartz scored the winning goal for the second straight contest as the Blues took a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven playoff series for the first time since the 2001 Conference Semifinals vs. DAL (4-0 W).

* Allen has turned aside 114 of 117 shots through three games, allowing one goal in all three victories (0.91 GAA, .974 SV%). Elias notes that he became the first goaltender in Blues history to win the first three games of a playoff series while allowing no more than one goal in each contest.

* The Blues have not trailed at any point during the series (197:48) and have held the lead for 103:51 of total playing time (52.5%).

OILERS, CANADIENS GRAB 2-1 SERIES LEADS ON THE ROAD
The Oilers and Canadiens – who each lost Game 1 of their respective series at home – took 2-1 series leads via road wins:

* For the second straight game, Cam Talbot (23 SV) recorded a shutout and Zack Kassian scored the winning goal as the Oilers took a 2-1 series lead with a victory over the Sharks at SAP Center. Talbot became the second goaltender in franchise history to register a shutout in consecutive playoff games, joining Curtis Joseph (Games 6-7 of 1998 CQF vs. COL). Kassian became the first Oilers player to score a game-winning goal in consecutive postseason contests since 2006 (Fernando Pisani: Games 5-6 of F vs. CAR).

Alexander Radulov (1-1—2), Shea Weber and Artturi Lehkonen each scored to help the Canadiens take a 2-1 series lead with a win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Radulov – who potted the overtime winner in Game 2 – tallied a highlight-reel, one-handed goal to record his second straight multi-point performance (2-3—5).

* Elias notes that when teams are tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series, the winner of Game 3 holds an all-time series record of 202-97 (67.6%).

LOOSE PUCKS
Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson (2-0—2) opened the scoring 11 seconds into the contest to establish a franchise record for fastest goal to begin a playoff game, shattering the mark set by Boone Jenner in Game 3 of the 2014 First Round vs. PIT (1:38) . . . Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (1-2—3) registered his 14th career three-point postseason game and leads the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs in scoring with 2-4—6 (3 GP) . . . Elias notes that Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (19 years, 271 days) became the youngest player in franchise history to score in the playoffs and youngest defenseman on any team to do so since New Jersey’s Adam Larsson (19 years, 170 days) in Game 2 of the 2012 Conference Semifinals at PHI . . . Marc Andre-Fleury (33 SV) earned his 56th career postseason win (all w/ PIT) to tie Tom Barrasso for the most by a goaltender in Penguins history.

 

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NHL Morning Skate for Sunday, April 16, 2107: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
OTTAWA 4, Boston 3 (OT) – series tied 1-1
Toronto 4, WASHINGTON 3 (2OT) – series tied 1-1
Nashville 5, CHICAGO 0 – NSH leads 2-0
ANAHEIM 3, Calgary 2 – ANA leads 2-0

MAPLE LEAFS EVEN SERIES IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME THRILLER
Kasperi Kapanen (2-0—2) scored his second goal of the contest at 11:53 of double-overtime as the Maple Leafs evened their series with the Capitals.

* Kapanen became the first Maple Leafs player to score an overtime goal in the postseason since Travis Green scored in double-overtime in Game 6 of the 2003 Conference Quarterfinals vs. PHI, a 2-1 victory.

* Elias notes that Kapanen became the eighth rookie in Maple Leafs history to score an overtime goal in the postseason and first since Gerry Ehman in Game 3 of the 1959 Semifinals vs. BOS.

* Elias adds that Kapanen (20 years, 266 days) became the second-youngest player in Maple Leafs history to score an overtime goal in the postseason, after Jack McLean (20 years, 51 days) in quadruple-overtime of Game 2 in the 1943 Semifinals at DET.

Frederik Andersen made 47 saves – including two on Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin late in the first overtime – to record the victory. His 47 saves were six shy of his career high set in Game 2 of the 2015 Conference Finals vs. CHI (53 w/ ANA) and the most by a Maple Leafs goaltender in a playoff game since Ed Belfour had 72 in Game 3 of the 2003 Conference Quarterfinals vs. PHI.

* Defenseman Jake Gardiner logged 40:34, the most time on ice in a game by any player so far this postseason. Per Elias, he is the first Maple Leafs player to play 40 or more minutes in a playoff game since Game 3 of the 2003 Conference Quarterfinals, when four defensemen did so in a 3-2 L vs. PHI.

DID YOU KNOW?
Kasperi Kapanen scored the second and third goals of his NHL career (regular-season and playoffs); his first came on April 8 when he notched the first of three unanswered goals to help the Maple Leafs clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (5-3 W vs. PIT).

* No stranger to big goals, Kapanen also scored the gold medal-clinching goal in overtime to lead Finland over Russia at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Helsinki.

SENATORS RALLY TO EVEN SERIES AGAINST BRUINS
Ottawa overcame a 3-1 deficit in the third period and Dion Phaneuf (1-2—3) scored at 1:59 of overtime as the Senators evened their series with the Bruins.

* Elias notes that the Senators overcame a multi-goal deficit in the third period to win a playoff game for the second time in franchise history (also Game 4 of 2013 CQF vs. MTL: 3-2 OT W).

* Phaneuf became the fifth defenseman in franchise history to score an overtime goal in the postseason and first since Matt Carkner in Game 5 of the 2010 Conference Quarterfinals at PIT.

* Phaneuf assisted on both third period goals to match a franchise record for points in a playoff game by a defenseman; Wade Redden achieved the feat in Game 3 of the 2006 Conference Quarterfinals at TBL (1-2—3) and Game 1 of the 2006 Conference Semifinals vs. BUF (0-3—3).

PREDATORS LEAVE CHICAGO WITH PAIR OF SHUTOUT WINS
Pekka Rinne turned aside all 30 shots he faced and collected two assists to help the Predators blank the Blackhawks for the second straight game and leave Chicago with a 2-0 series lead. Nashville registered consecutive shutouts in the postseason for the first time in franchise history.

* Elias notes that Nashville became the fifth team in NHL history to record road shutouts in their first two games of a postseason, joining the Red Wings (1936), Sabres (1983), Devils (1995) and Maple Leafs (2001).

* Nashville became the third team in NHL history to record shutouts in consecutive playoff games in Chicago, joining the Canadiens (Games 3-4 of 1960 SF) and Blues (Games 3-4 of 2002 CQF).

* Rinne became the first goaltender in franchise history to collect two assists in a playoff game and the first on any team to do so since Jose Theodore in Game 3 of the 2004 Conference Quarterfinals vs. BOS (w/ MTL). Rinne became the first netminder to accomplish the feat in a playoff shutout since Tom Barrasso in Game 2 of the 1993 Division Semifinals vs. NJD (w/ PIT).

Ryan Johansen (1-2—3) registered his first three-point game in the postseason, one shy of the franchise record for points in a playoff game set by Paul Kariya in Game 1 of the 2006 Conference Quarterfinals vs. SJS (0-4—4).

GETZLAF GUIDES DUCKS TO 2-0 SERIES LEAD
Anaheim surrendered a 2-0 lead, but Ryan Getzlaf (1-1—2) scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:46 remaining in regulation to guide the Ducks to a 2-0 series lead.

* Getzlaf has collected 1-1—2 in both games of the series and extended his franchise records for playoff assists and points (31-72—103 in 106 GP). He notched his sixth career game-winning goal in the postseason (all w/ ANA); only Teemu Selanne has scored more in franchise history (8).

* The Ducks won their 29th consecutive home game against the Flames – including 22 in the regular season – dating back to their last loss in Game 3 of the 2006 Conference Quarterfinals. The victory extends the longest such streak against a single opponent in NHL history.

LOOSE PUCKS
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 14th career power-play goal in the postseason (all w/ WSH) to pass Peter Bondra (13) for the most in franchise history . . . Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 47 saves, tying his career high from Game 3 of the 2012 Conference Semifinals vs. NYR . . . Senators forward Clarke MacArthur scored his first goal since Game 3 of the 2015 First Round vs. MTL (regular-season and playoffs) . . . Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert was suspended for one game for cross-checking Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl . . . Kraft Hockeyville USA announced four semifinalists.

SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Minnesota @ St. Louis, STL leads 2-0, 3 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBC
Pittsburgh @ Columbus, PIT leads 2-0, 6 p.m., SN360, TVAS2, CNBC, FS-O, ROOT
Montreal @ NY Rangers, series tied 1-1, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN, MSG
Edmonton @ San Jose, series tied 1-1, 10 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN, NBCS CA
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