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NHL announces start time of Colorado-San Jose Game 5



NEW YORK (April 29, 2019) – The National Hockey League today announced that the start time for Game 5 of the 2019 Stanley Cup PlayoffsSecond Round series between the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks has been set for 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 4 in San Jose. In the U.S., the game will be televised on NBCSN. The game will be televised on Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports in Canada.


As previously announced, Saturday’s Game 5 of the Second Round series between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Boston Bruins is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET in Boston. The game will be broadcast on NBC in the U.S. In Canada, the game will be on Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports.


NHL 2019 Award Winners and Finalists; Show in Las Vegas June 19



The League announced that the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone will be held Wednesday, June 19, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas (8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, NBCSN, SN).


Art Ross Trophy

Nikita Kucherov (TBL)


Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Nick Foligno (CBJ)

Robin Lehner (NYI)

Joe Thornton (SJS)


Calder Memorial Trophy

Jordan Binnington (STL)

Rasmus Dahlin (BUF)

Elias Pettersson (VAN)


Frank J. Selke Trophy

Patrice Bergeron (BOS)

Ryan O’Reilly (STL)

Mark Stone (VGK)


Hart Memorial Trophy

Sidney Crosby (PIT)

Nikita Kucherov (TBL)

Connor McDavid (EDM)


Jack Adams Award

Craig Berube (STL)

Jon Cooper (TBL)

Barry Trotz (NYI)


James Norris Memorial Trophy

Brent Burns (SJS)

Mark Giordano (CGY)

Victor Hedman (TBL)


King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (ARI)

Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)

Jason Zucker (MIN)


Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Aleksander Barkov (FLA)

Sean Monahan (CGY)

Ryan O’Reilly (STL)


Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award

Mark Giordano (CGY)

Wayne Simmonds (NSH)

Justin Williams (CAR)


Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy

Alex Ovechkin (WSH)


NHL General Manager of the Year Award



Presidents’ Trophy

Tampa Bay Lightning


Ted Lindsay Award

Patrick Kane (CHI)

Nikita Kucherov (TBL)

Connor McDavid (EDM)


Vezina Trophy

Ben Bishop (DAL)

Robin Lehner (NYI)

Andrei Vasilevskiy (TBL)


William M. Jennings Trophy

Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss (NYI)


Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award

Anthony Benavides (Clark Park Coalition)

Tammi Lynch (Players Against Hate)

Rico Phillips (Flint Inner City Youth Hockey Program)


NHL Morning Skate for Thursday, April 25, 2019: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition




Hurricanes knock off defending champions for first series win since 2009; McGinn caps third-longest Game 7 in NHL history with double-overtime winner; Second Round of 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs to begin tonight





* The First Round came to a close with the Hurricanes knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champions in the third-longest Game 7 in NHL history.


* Ten games required overtime in the First Round, matching the total from the entire 2018 postseason.


* For the first time in NHL history, the top team from each conference and all division winners were eliminated in the opening round. Washington’s defeat guarantees that there will be a new Stanley Cup champion for the 19th time in the past 20 seasons.



Carolina overcame a 3-1 deficit and Brock McGinn (1-1—2) scored the winner at 11:05 of the second overtime as the Hurricanes rallied past the Capitals in Game 7 and advanced to the Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Carolina earned its first Stanley Cup Playoff series win since the 2009 Conference Semifinals – a seven-game triumph over Boston.


* The Hurricanes, who earned the only road win in their First Round series with the Capitals, improved to 5-3 in eight all-time Game 7s – including five straight victories. Their five consecutive Game 7 wins dating to the 2006 Conference Finals (4-2 W vs. BUF) are the fourth-longest such run in League history.

* Carolina has overcome a deficit to earn four of its five all-time Game 7 wins, including each of its last three (also 2006 CF, 2009 CQF and 2009 CSF). The Hurricanes became the sixth franchise in NHL history to record as many come-from-behind Game 7 wins, joining the Maple Leafs (5),Bruins (4), Canadiens (4), Flyers (4) and Oilers (4).


* The Hurricanes became the 13th team in NHL history and second in as many days to overcome a multi-goal deficit to win a Game 7 (also SJS in 2019 R1). Carolina became the second team in League history to accomplish the feat against a defending Stanley Cup champion, joining Los Angeles in the 2014 Conference Finals (5-4 OT W at CHI).


* Wednesday’s contest was the longest Game 7 in Hurricanes/Whalers franchise history, eclipsing the 1992 Division Semifinals versus the Canadiens (85:26). In fact, it marked the third-longest Game 7 in League history, behind only the 1987 Division Semifinals between the Islanders-Capitals dubbed the “Easter Epic” (128:47) and the 1939 Semifinals between the Bruins-Rangers (108:00).


* The Hurricanes will face the Islanders in the Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their first-ever postseason meeting. New York held a 3-1-0 edge through the four-game season series (CAR: 1-2-1).


Brock McGinn became the second player in Hurricanes/Whalers franchise history to score an overtime goal in a Game 7, joining Scott Walker in the 2009 Conference Semifinals (3-2 OT W at BOS). Aside from McGinn and Walker, only two other players in franchise history have scored a series-clinching goal in overtime: Martin Gelinas in Game 6 of the 2002 Conference Finals (2-1 OT W at TOR) and Cory Stillman in Game 6 of the 2006 Conference Quarterfinals (2-1 OT W at MTL).


* McGinn became the 12th player in NHL history to score the decisive goal in a Game 7 that required multiple overtimes and first since Pittsburgh’sChris Kunitz in the 2017 Conference Finals (3-2 2OT vs. OTT). He became the first Hurricanes/Whalers player to score the winner in any postseason game that required multiple overtimes.


* “Mr. Game 7” Justin Williams provided the primary assist on the overtime winner to record his 15th career point in a seventh and deciding game (7-8—15 in 9 GP), extending his NHL record. His eight career Game 7 assists are the fourth-most in League history behind Doug Gilmour (3-10—13 in 11 GP), Jaromir Jagr (1-10—11 in 8 GP) and David Krejci (0-9—9 in 10 GP).


Jaccob Slavin (0-3—3) established a franchise record for most points in a Game 7 by a defenseman, eclipsing the previous mark of two set byTim Gleason (0-2—2) in the 2009 Conference Quarterfinals (4-3 W at NJD) as well as Dennis Seidenberg (0-2—2) and Joni Pitkanen (0-2—2) in the 2009 Conference Semifinals (3-2 OT W at BOS). Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce (0-2—2) also collected two points on Wednesday.


* Slavin became the eighth defenseman in NHL history to record three points in a Game 7 and first since the Red Wings tandem of Nicklas Lidstrom (2-1—3) and Brian Rafalski (0-3—3) in the 2010 Conference Quarterfinals (6-1 W at PHX). No defenseman in League history has ever recorded more than three points in a Game 7.


Jordan Staal scored the tying goal at 2:56 of the third period, his third career goal in a Game 7 and first with the Hurricanes (3-0—3 in 5 GP). His older brother, Eric Staal, also scored a Game 7 goal with the Hurricanes – doing so during the 2009 Conference Quarterfinals (1-1—2 at NJD).


* They became the fourth set of brothers in NHL history to each score at least one Game 7 goal with the same franchise, joining Henri Richard andMaurice Richard (w/ MTL), Dennis Hull and Bobby Hull (w/ CHI) and Andrei Kostitsyn and Sergei Kostitsyn (w/ MTL).




* Capitals forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin made their 12th career Game 7 appearance. The only players in NHL history who have appeared in more Game 7s are Patrick Roy (13), Scott Stevens (13) and Zdeno Chara (13).


* 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 129-46 (.737) in the 175 all-time Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 1-2 mark in 2019. Home teams own a 102-73 (.582) advantage.


* Forty-three Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs have required overtime (24.5%). Home teams have a 22-21 edge.



The First Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured two Game 7s that required overtime, with each occurring on consecutive days.


* Only three other rounds in NHL history have featured two Game 7s that required overtime, with each occurring on either the same day or on consecutive days: the 1997 Conference Quarterfinals (2 on April 29), 2011 Conference Quarterfinals (April 26-27) and 2012 Conference Quarterfinals (April 25-26). No postseason in NHL history has ever featured more than two Game 7s that have required overtime.


* Overall, 10 of 46 games required overtime in the First Round (21.7%), matching the total from the entire 2018 postseason (10 of 84 GP; 11.9%).




* Giordano, Simmonds, Williams named finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership Award

Second Round schedule and start times announced

Facts and Figures: Sharks’ Game 7 comeback win one for the books

* Penguins GM Jim Rutherford joins ‘NHL Executive Suite’ podcast

Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Tuukka Rask

Ben Bishop vs. Jordan Binnington



After three Game 7s over two days thrilled fans to conclude the opening round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, half of the Second Round series will contest Game 1 on Thursday when the Bruins host the Blue Jackets at TD Garden and the Blues welcome the Stars to Enterprise Center.

* The Bruins and Blue Jackets are meeting in the postseason for the first time. Columbus is coming off a historic First Round sweep of the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Lightning to advance past the opening round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history while Boston was victorious in an opening-round, seven-game series against Toronto for the second straight season.


* The Bruins held a 2-1-0 edge in their three-game season series (CBJ: 1-1-1). Boston and Columbus combined for 22 goals through their three head-to-head meetings in 2018-19 for an average 7.3 per game.


* The Stars and Blues franchises, meanwhile, will face off in the postseason for the 14th time, with St. Louis holding a 7-6 series edge. They have split the four series since the Stars relocated to Dallas in 1993-94, with the Blues winning the last two meetings including a seven-game triumph in the 2016 Second Round.


* The Stars are 6-1-0 in their last seven games against the Blues dating to Dec. 29, 2017 (STL: 1-5-1).



2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, First Round: Unforgettable, Unprecedented and Unpredictable





An unprecedented, unpredictable and unforgettable First Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs was book-ended by a pair of historic sweeps and a trio of dramatic Game 7s – including two that featured a multi-goal comeback (an NHL first within a postseason). A few highlights:


* The Sharks, Bruins and Hurricanes each won a Game 7, marking the 14th time in NHL history – and first time since 2014 (3) – that the opening round featured at least three winner-take-all showdowns.


* San Jose’s three-goal, third-period comeback in its series-clinching win was the second of its kind. Carolina followed suit one night later with a clinching multi-goal comeback victory of their own, marking the first postseason in NHL history to feature multiple Game 7 wins by teams that trailed by two or more goals.


* The last team to clinch a playoff spot was the first through to the Second Round as Columbus became the first team in NHL history to sweep a best-of-seven series in the opening round against the team with the best regular-season record.


* Less than 30 minutes after the Blue Jackets won their first-ever playoff series, the Islanders advanced with their first sweep in 36 years.


* All four Wild Card teams advanced for the first time ever, marking the first postseason in NHL history in which all division winners were eliminated in the opening round. It also marked the first time ever that the top team from each conference were knocked out in round one.


* Series victories by the Avalanche, Stars, Blues, Blue Jackets and Hurricanes marked the fourth time in the conference era (since 1974-75) that at least five lower seeds advanced past the opening round (also 1993: 6; 1999: 5; and 2013: 5).


* Even with five lower seeds advancing, three of the top six teams from the regular season remain in contention for hockey’s ultimate prize. The Bruins (No. 3) are now the top-ranked team, ahead of the Islanders (No. 5) and Sharks (No. 6).


* Momentum from strong regular-season finishes carried into the playoffs, with five remaining clubs ranking among the top 10 in terms of points since Jan. 1: St. Louis (No. 1), Carolina (No. 3), Boston (No. 4), NY Islanders (No. 5) and San Jose (No. 8).


* Overall, the eight-team collective that advanced (.638 points percentage since Jan. 1) posted a superior record in 2019 compared to the eight-team group that was eliminated in the First Round (.608 points percentage since Jan. 1).

* The comeback trend from the 2018-19 regular season continued into the First Round, with nearly half of all games won by a team that trailed(43%; 20 of 46 GP) and five teams overcoming a series deficit to advance (San Jose, Boston, Dallas, Colorado and Carolina).


* Though Columbus and St. Louis never trailed in their respective series, they did post memorable comeback victories – the Blue Jackets trailed 3-0 in the first period of Game 1 before winning, while the Blues erased a 2-0 deficit in the third period of Game 5.


* For the 12th consecutive year, at least four of the opening-round series required six or more games (5 of 8). Overall, 70% of all series have extended to six or seven games since the division-focused format was introduced in 2014 (58 of 83).


* Overall, 31% of series have required a Game 7 since 2014 (26 of 83 series). Nearly half of all series played after the opening round have gone the distance under the current playoff format (43%, 15 of 35 series).


* Ten of 46 games required overtime (22%), matching the total from the entire 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (10 of 84 GP; 12%).



Washington’s defeat guarantees a new Stanley Cup champion for the 19th time in the past 20 seasons – and removes 19 Cup-winning players from the 2019 postseason. Only 24 players on active rosters for the eight remaining clubs have won a Stanley Cup.

Second Round teams have a combined five Stanley Cups in the last 35 years (since 1984) and 14 Cups overall – with only 11 of those coming in the NHL’s expansion era, as Boston won three of its six prior to 1967-68.

* Second Round teams account for only 27% of playoff series wins over the past 20 postseasons, with the eight remaining clubs winning 80 of 293 series since 1999.

* Only two remaining clubs finished among the top three in their conference (Boston and San Jose). A team ranking outside the top three in its conference has won the Stanley Cup 10 times in 43 seasons since conferences were introduced in 1974-75. Four of those instances have come in the past decade, including two since 2013-14 (2014 Kings and 2015 Blackhawks).

* The extended list of players still chasing their first Cup in 2019 includes four who have skated 1,000 career regular-season games: San Jose’s Joe Thornton (1,566 GP) and Brent Burns (1,043 GP); St. Louis’ Jay Bouwmeester (1,184 GP); and Dallas’ Jason Spezza (1,065 GP).



A look at some of the top performers for each winning team in the First Round:


* The Blue Jackets featured 12 different goal-scorers and 15 different point-getters, with in-season acquisition Matt Duchene (3-4—7) leading the team in goals, assists (tied) and points. Sergei Bobrovsky allowed only two goals over a stretch of 170:54 between Tampa Bay’s third goal in Game 1 and first goal in Game 4, finishing the series with a 2.01 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.


* Islanders forward Jordan Eberle became the second player in franchise history to score a goal in each of the team’s first four games of a playoff year, leading the team with 4-2—6 in the opening round. Robin Lehner (1.47 GAA and .956 SV%) allowed one goal in each of Games 2, 3 and 4 en route to becoming the 13th goaltender in NHL history to win each of his first four postseason starts.


* Stars defenseman John Klingberg shared the team lead with six points – tying the forward trio of Alexander Radulov (4-2—6), Tyler Seguin (2-4—6) and Jamie Benn (1-5—6) – and ended the series with the first-ever overtime goal by a Stars/North Stars blueliner in a series-clinching game.


Jaden Schwartz became the second player in NHL history to score a natural hat trick in a series-clinching game – doing so just two days after winning Game 5 with the second-latest decisive tally in Blues history. Schwartz accounts for each of the last four St. Louis goals.


Mikko Rantanen (5-4—9) and Nathan MacKinnon (3-5—8) each notched three points in Colorado’s series-clinching Game 5 victory to finish as the team’s top two scorers in the First Round – including one overtime goal apiece. Both players tallied at least one point in Games 2-5, with Rantanen collecting multiple points in each contest (one such shy of tying an Avalanche/Nordiques franchise playoff record).


* The Bruins trio of Brad Marchand (4-5—9), David Pastrnak (2-4—6) and Patrice Bergeron (3-2—5) combined for 9-11—20 over seven games, including 2-4—6 in Game 6 at Toronto to help Boston force a Game 7.


Logan Couture (6-2—8) and Tomas Hertl (6-2—8) combined for three goals in a span of 3:33 to spark the Sharks’ three-goal comeback in Game 7. Their six goals against Vegas were one shy of the franchise record for most in any seriesErik Karlsson (0-9—9), meanwhile, set a club record for assists in a playoff series.


* Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin led the team with 0-9—9, setting a franchise record for assists in a series. Only two defensemen in NHL history have posted more assists in a single playoff series than Slavin and Karlsson: Paul Coffey (11 in 1985 DF w/ EDM) and Al MacInnis (11 in 1984 DF w/ CGY). Rookie Warren Foegele (4-2—6) led the team in goals, becoming just the fifth rookie in the past 10 postseasons to score four or more goals in the opening round.




NHL releases 2nd Round schedule for 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs



NEW YORK (April 24, 2019) – The National Hockey League today confirmed the schedule for the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round, which will begin on Thursday. In the U.S., NBC Sports Group has exclusive coverage of the Second Round. Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports continue exclusive coverage throughout Canada. All times listed are ET and subject to change. Starting times and broadcast information for games listed TBD will be announced when available.

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