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by Paul on 04/19/14 at 10:20 AM ET
DATSYUK, HOWARD PROPEL RED WINGS PAST BRUINS
Pavel Datsyuk scored the lone goal with 3:01 remaining in regulation and Jimmy Howard (25 saves) recorded his third career playoff shutout to lift the Red Wings to a 1-0 series lead over the Bruins.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Datsyuk’s goal was the latest ever (in regulation) by a Red Wings player to snap a scoreless tie in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It also was the latest such goal in any postseason game since June 1, 2011, when Raffi Torres scored at 19:41 of the third period to power the Canucks to a 1-0 victory over the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
* Datsyuk posted his sixth career game-winning goal in the playoffs and first since April 27, 2010, in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals (vs. PHX). He now has 37-67—104 in 141 career postseason games, eighth among active players and tied for sixth in Red Wings history (with Alex Delvecchio: 35-69—104).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Howard became the second goaltender in Red Wings history (in the expansion era) to record a shutout in the team’s first game of a playoff year. The other: Chris Osgood (19 saves) on April 13, 2000, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals (vs. LA).
* The Red Wings improved to 4-1-0 in five meetings with the Bruins this season (regular season and playoffs). The Canadiens (3-1-0) are the only other team to defeat the Bruins more than twice in 2013-14.
GETZLAF LEADS DUCKS TO CAP WILD 48 HOURS
After taking a puck to the face in Game 1 and witnessing the birth of his third child, daughter Willa, early Friday morning, Ryan Getzlaf capped a wild 48 hours with 1-1—2 to power the Ducks to a 2-0 series lead over the Stars.
* Getzlaf (2-2—4) has now recorded consecutive multi-point games in the postseason for the first time since May 1-3, 2009, when he totaled 1-4—5 in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals (vs. DET).
* Corey Perry potted his first goal of the playoffs, snapping a 10-game postseason drought. It marks the 10th time both Getzlaf and Perry have found the back of the net in the same playoff game – the Ducks are 9-1 in those contests.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Getzlaf and Perry both scored in the same game 13 times during the regular season (ANA: 12-0-1), tied for the most such games among teammates with Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, who both recorded goals in Game 1.
* Andrew Cogliano scored shorthanded – his first career postseason goal – for what proved to be the game-winner.
* Including the regular season, the Ducks have now won six consecutive games, their fourth winning streak of six or more games in 2013-14 (also Oct. 5-20: 7 games, Dec. 6-28: 10 games, Dec. 31-Jan.15: 8 games).
* “It’s been an absolutely incredible couple of days,” Getzlaf said after the game. “They were a little hectic, but these are the things you want to do in life.”
BOURQUE, CANADIENS TAKE 2-0 EDGE OVER LIGHTNING
Rene Bourque (2-0—2) recorded his first career multi-goal game in the postseason, including the game-winner, to propel the Canadiens to a 2-0 series lead over the Lightning.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Canadiens hold a 49-5 all-time series record when leading a best-of-seven series 2-0. They have, however, lost three of their last four series when taking a 2-0 lead, most recently in the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (lost to BOS 4-3).
* Bourque posted his first multi-goal performance since Feb. 2, 2013 (2-0—2 vs. BUF). He now has 5-1—6 in 12 career playoff outings.
* Carey Price made 26 saves to record his 11th postseason victory, tying Jose Theodore for 10th in Canadiens history. Price now has a 2.85 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and three shutouts in 32 career playoff appearances.
The Red Wings-Bruins series pits brothers Brendan (DET) and Reilly Smith (BOS) against each other for the first time in the postseason. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the first time a Red Wings player has faced his brother in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, while it is the 10th occasion – and first time since 1975 – a Bruins player has done so:
BRUINS PLAYER vs. BROTHER, STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
Bill (BOS) vs. Georges Boucher (OTT): 1927 SCF
Tiny (BOS) vs. Paul Thompson (NYR): 1929 SCF
Bill (BOS) vs. Gerry Carson (NYR/MTL): 1929 SCF, 1930 SCF
Terry (BOS) vs. Ken Reardon (MTL): 1946 SCF, 1947 SF
Phil (BOS) vs. Tony Esposito (CHI): 1970 SF, 1974 SF, 1975 PRE
Reilly (BOS) vs. Brendan Smith (DET): 2014 R1
DID YOU KNOW?
* Teams that go up 2-0 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 287-45 (86.4%).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, teams that win the first two games of a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series on the road hold an all-time series record of 61-18 (77.2%).
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 23 saves and now has a 2.12 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and three shutouts in 36 career playoff appearances . . . Stars forwards Alex Chiasson and Ryan Garbutt scored their first career postseason goals . . . Lightning goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis made his playoff debut . . . The NHL fined Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct during Game 1.
SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Chicago @ St. Louis, STL leads 1-0, 3:00 p.m., NBC, CBC, RDS
Columbus @ Pittsburgh, PIT leads 1-0, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS, FS-O, ROOT
Minnesota @ Colorado, COL leads 1-0, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS, FS-N, ALT
above information provided by the NHL PR department
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