NHL News: Second Round Recap – 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs

May 31, 2022

A mix of #NHLStats from the 2022 Second Round and to date in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

101 – Average percentage of capacity for crowds at NHL arenas through two rounds of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with 1,380,143 fans attending the 73 postseason games to date.

81 – Combined years since the Avalanche (21), Rangers (28) and Oilers (32) have won the Stanley Cup. Meanwhile, the two-time defending champion Lightning are seeking to become the fourth different NHL franchise to three-peat and first since the Islanders from 1980-83 (4x).

52 – Combined points through the Second Round by Oilers teammates Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid as they becamethe first teammates in NHL history to each have 26+ points through two rounds. They are among a group of six different players in Stanley Cup Playoffs history with 26+ points through a dozen games in one postseason.

49 – Saves by Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy in Game 4 against the Panthers, the second most on record in a series-clinching shutout behind a 63-save performance by Patrick Roy with the Avalanche in Game 4 of the 1996 Stanley Cup Final – a triple overtime finish, also against Florida.

42 – Years since all teams in the final four have included at least one No. 1 pick from the NHL Draft, with 2022 joining 1980 as just the second instance in Stanley Cup Playoffs history. The top picks still vying for a Cup this year are Oilers forwards Connor McDavid (2015) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011), Avalanche teammates Nathan MacKinnon (2013) and Erik Johnson (2006), Lightning captain Steven Stamkos (2008) and Rangers forward Alexis Lafrenière (2020).

34 – Years since a five-game series featured at least 45 goals, with the Oilers (25) and Flames (20) combining for that total in the Second Round – the most in a series of that length since 1988 and the fifth-highest total in Stanley Cup Playoffs history.

28 – Number of comeback wins this postseason (38% of 73 GP), including nine in the Second Round (41% of 22 GP). Eleven games saw the winning team trail in the third period and eight have had a multi-goal comeback win.

27 – Years since a postseason was averaging at least 6.3 goals-per-game at this stage (73 GP), with the last occurrence coming in 1995 (6.5 G/GP through 73 GP).

24 – Number of teams over the past 14 postseasons to clinch a Conference Finals spot via a Game 7 victory (including NYR this year). There has been at least one second-round Game 7 in 13 of 14 years since 2009.

23 – Combined goals through Game 2 of the “Battle of Alberta,” matching the second most through two contests of any series in Stanley Cup Playoffs history. The only series with more was the 1981 Preliminary Round between the North Stars and Bruins (24 G). 

17 – Number of games this postseason (5 in R2) in which a team overcame a multi-goal deficit to at least tie the game (regardless of result), including four of five contests between the Oilers and Flames. Overall, teams in the 2022 Conference Finals have combined for nearly half of those rallies (8 – EDM: 5x; NYR: 3x).

14 – Consecutive series wins by forward Pat Maroon, who has been part of 10 straight victories with the Lightning since 2020 after claiming four in a row with the Blues in 2019. The only other players in NHL history with a run of at least that length were part of the Islanders dynasty in the 1980s, with the longest streak standing at 19.

13 – Consecutive games this postseason involving the Hurricanes that were won by the home team (until the Rangers broke that streak with a Game 7 victory in Raleigh), the longest such stretch in Stanley Cup Playoffs history (previous: 11 straight by 2013 Kings and 1962 Maple Leafs).

10 – Number of multi-point games by Oilers captain Connor McDavid the postseason, tops in the NHL and four shy of the Stanley Cup Playoffs record for a single postseason (14 – Mario Lemieux in 1991 w/ PIT, Wayne Gretzky in 1988 w/ EDM). He became the first player in Stanley Cup Playoffs history with nine multi-point outings through his first 10 games of a playoff year.

10 – Points while facing elimination this postseason by reigning Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox – an NHL record for a single postseason by a defenseman. Overall, Fox enters his first Conference Finals among the top five for goals (t-4th), assists (t-3rd) and points (3rd) by a Rangers defenseman in one playoff year.

10 – Consecutive series wins by the Lightning, tied for the third longest stretch in Stanley Cup Playoffs history.

8 – Number of playoff years to include at least six Game 7s, with 2022 becoming the latest and moving within one of matching the single-postseason record set in 1994 and matched in 2011 and 2014.

8 – Hat tricks in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most in 29 years and four back of the record for one playoff year. The only postseasons with more: 1988 (12), 1983 (12), 1985 (11), 1992 (11), 1993 (10) and 1981 (9).

– Number of teams in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to record at least five wins while facing elimination in a single postseason, with the Rangers (5-0) becoming the latest with their Game 7 victory.

– Number of No. 1-overall picks whose team has advanced to the 2022 Conference Finals, marking the most ever in the final four of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (previously: 5 in 1977 and 1984).

6 – Time, in minutes, that it took Oilers forward Evander Kane to record a hat trick during Game 3 against the Flames. It was the seventh-fastest three goals in Stanley Cup Playoffs history.

6 – Number of series-clinching shutouts recorded by Andrei Vasilevskiy (including a 2-0 victory in Tampa Bay’s close-out game against Florida), the most in Stanley Cup Playoffs history.

– Length of Tampa Bay’s active winning streak heading into the Eastern Conference Final, two shy of matching the franchise record set in 2004 (when they won their first Stanley Cup) and equaled in 2011.

– Length of the Rangers’ active home winning streak, a franchise playoff record. After being the lower-ranked team in the Second Round, New York regains home ice advantage for the Eastern Conference Final.

5.6 – Time, in seconds, remaining in the third period of Game 6 when Avalanche forward Darren Helm scored the go-ahead goal against the Blues – the second latest series-clinching goal in regulation in NHL history.

5 – Length of Leon Draisaitl’s active streak of three-point games, the longest in Stanley Cup Playoffs history (no one else had more than three in a row). The longest stretch of three-point games within a regular season is six contests, achieved by Jari Kurri (1992-93 w/ LAK), Wayne Gretzky (1985-86 w/ EDM) and Bobby Orr (1970-71 w/ BOS). Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had five straight three-point games in 2021-22 (April 19-26).

– Length of Zach Hyman’s active goal streak, one shy of tying the Oilers franchise playoff record set in 1990. He became the first Oilers player in 35 years to score a goal in every game in a best-of-seven series (5 GP).

4 – Number of teams to win multiple series in one year after facing a multi-game deficit in each. The Rangers (3-1 vs. PIT, 2-0 vs. CAR) added to that list with their Second Round comeback against the Hurricanes and joined the 2011 Bruins (2-0 vs. MTL & VAN), 2009 Penguins (2-0 vs. WSH & DET) and 2003 Wild (3-1 vs. COL & VAN).

– The number of Stanley Cup Playoffs records set during the “Battle of Alberta,” with the Oilers and Flames establishing new benchmarks for: fastest four goals by both teams (1:11 in Game 5), fastest two goals from the start of a game (0:51 by CGY in Game 1), most assists by one player in a period (Leon Draisaitl: 4 in 2nd period of Game 3) and most points by a player in a five-game series (Draisaitl: 2-15—17).

3.8 – Time, in seconds, remaining in regulation when Lightning forward Ross Colton scored the go-ahead goal in Game 2 against the Panthers – one of seven times in Stanley Cup Playoffs history that a player has broken a tie within the final four seconds of the third period.

– The number of teams in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to score two tying goals in the final five minutes of regulation when facing elimination, with St. Louis achieving the feat in their Game 5 victory against Colorado.


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