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by Paul on 04/20/14 at 10:36 AM ET
BLUES OVERCOME LATE DEFICIT TO WIN IN OVERTIME (AGAIN)
Vladimir Tarasenko scored the tying goal with 6.4 seconds remaining in regulation and Barret Jackman tallied the game-winner at 5:50 of overtime to lead the Blues to their second consecutive come-from-behind victory in extra time.
* In Game 1, Jaden Schwartz evened the score with 1:45 remaining in regulation and Alexander Steen potted the winning goal 26 seconds into triple-overtime. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks just the third time in Stanley Cup Playoffs history that a team has won consecutive games in one series when trailing in the final two minutes of regulation in each contest. The others: the Canadiens in Games 1 and 2 against the Bruins in the 1969 Semifinals and the Flyers in Games 3 and 4 versus the Maple Leafs in the 1977 Quarterfinals.
* Jackman recorded his second career playoff goal, both of which have been game-winners. His other was the decisive marker in a 2-1 victory over the Kings in Game 2 of the 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals (with 51 seconds remaining in regulation). Jackman joins Jeff Brown (4) and Chris Pronger (2) as the only defensemen in Blues history with two or more postseason game-winning goals.
* According to ESPN Stats & Information, Jackman is the fourth defenseman in Blues history to score an overtime playoff goal and the first to do so since Bryce Salvador in Game 5 of the 2001 Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Sharks.
* Tarasenko’s goal with 6.4 seconds remaining in regulation marks the latest game-tying score in Blues postseason history. He now has points in seven consecutive games dating to the regular season (4-4—8).
* Kevin Shattenkirk posted 1-2—3 to become the first Blues defenseman to record three points in a playoff game since April 24, 1999, when Al MacInnis notched 1-2—3 versus the Coyotes in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
* Shattenkirk’s goal came with 2 seconds remaining in the first period. He is the sixth player in franchise history to score a postseason goal with 2 or fewer seconds left in a period, joining Phil Roberto (1972), Mike Crombeen (1981), Larry Patey (1983), Bernie Federko (1987) and Keith Tkachuk (2001).
* This is the third time in franchise history the Blues have played two consecutive overtime games to open a series (1989 DSF vs. MIN, 1993 DF vs. TOR). They won both such games in 1989 (and eventually the series) and split the first two games in 1993 (before losing the series in seven games).
* The Blues improved to 6-1 all-time versus the Blackhawks in playoff overtime games. They also earned their sixth consecutive postseason victory over the Blackhawks and improved to 10-1 in their last 11 playoff meetings dating to the 1993 Norris Division Semifinals.
* The Blues are 10-1 in their previous 11 series when taking a 2-0 advantage. Their lone loss in that situation came last year, when they fell to the Kings in six games in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
* ICYMI: Shattenkirk was mic’d up for the game-winning goal.
CALVERT POWERS BLUE JACKETS TO FIRST-EVER PLAYOFF WIN
Matt Calvert scored his first two career playoff goals, including the winner at 1:10 of double-overtime, to help the Blue Jackets pick up their first-ever playoff win and even their series against the Penguins.
* Calvert became the first player in Blue Jackets history to post a multi-goal game in the postseason. His first goal was scored shorthanded, marking the second consecutive game in which a Blue Jackets player tallied his first career playoff goal while a man down (Derek MacKenzie in Game 1).
* Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves, including 19 in overtime, to record his first career postseason victory in his ninth appearance (1-3).
* Jack Johnson (1-0—1) logged a game-high 38:21, the most ever by a Blue Jackets skater in a playoff game. He now has 3-12—15 in 14 career postseason contests, including 2-1—3 in the first two games of the series.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blue Jackets are just the fourth team in NHL history to win their first playoff game in overtime, joining the Blackhawks, Whalers/Hurricanes and Lightning. The Blue Jackets, however, are the first to do so in a game that required more than one overtime period.
* The Blue Jackets snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Penguins (dating to Feb. 26, 2012).
* ICYMI: Ryan Murray was mic’d up for the game-winning goal . . . Check out the team’s postgame speeches following the overtime victory.
TOP LINE HELPS AVALANCHE TAKE 2-0 SERIES LEAD
The line of Nathan MacKinnon (1-3—4), Paul Stastny (1-3—4) and Gabriel Landeskog (2-0—2) combined for four goals and 10 points to power the Avalanche to a 2-0 series lead over the Wild.
* MacKinnon collected three assists in his postseason debut in Game 1. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his seven points (1-6—7) match an NHL record for points in the first two games of a playoff career, tying Odie Cleghorn (MTL: 1919) and Barry Pederson (BOS: 1982).
* MacKinnon also became the third 18-year-old in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to post a four-point game, joining Pierre Turgeon (BUF: April 10, 1988) and Trevor Linden (VAN: April 9, 1989). The record for points by an 18-year-old in one postseason is 13, set by Jaromir Jagr in 1991 (PIT: 3-10—13 in 24 GP).
* At 18 years, 228 days, MacKinnon became the youngest player in Avalanche/Nordiques history to score a playoff goal, doing so in highlight-reel fashion. He also became the sixth-youngest player since 1979 to record a goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
YOUNGEST PLAYERS TO SCORE IN POSTSEASON, SINCE 1979
1. Jordan Staal, PIT – 18 years, 213 days
2. Brian Bellows, MIN – 18 years, 217 days
3. Pierre Turgeon, BUF – 18 years, 222 days
4. Patrick Marleau, SJ – 18 years, 224 days
5. Martin Lapointe, DET – 18 years, 227 days
6. Nathan MacKinnon, COL – 18 years, 228 days
* Stastny now has 3-4—7 through the first two games of the series. He had 3-5—8 in 15 career postseason appearances entering 2013-14.
* At 21 years, 147 days, Landeskog became the youngest player in Avalanche/Nordiques history to record a multi-goal playoff game. Alex Tanguay (21 years, 200 days) previously held the mark, posting 2-1—3, including the game-winning goal, in the Avalanche’s Game 7 victory over the Devils in the 2001 Stanley Cup Final.
* Since relocating to Colorado for the 1995-96 season, the Avalanche are 12-0 when taking a 2-0 series advantage.
DID YOU KNOW?
* There have been five overtime games in the first 13 contests of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (38.5%). In 2013, there were 27 overtime games (in 86 total games played, 31.4%), including a record 17 in 47 first-round contests (36.2%).
* Nine of the first 13 games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been decided by one goal (69.2%), plus another sealed with an empty-net goal in the final minute of regulation. In 2013, there were 49 one-goal games (in 86 total games played, 57.0%), two short of the record set in 2007 (51 one-goal games in 81 total games played, 63.0%).
SEABROOK HEARING SET FOR SUNDAY
Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook will have a phone hearing with the Department of Player Safety today for his hit on Blues forward David Backes during Game 2 of the teams’ First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series.
Seabrook received a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct at 15:09 of the third period for his hit on Backes, who was helped off the ice and was unable to return to the game.
The following grounds for the proposed supplemental discipline are being considered: interference/charging. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to these infractions accordingly upon further review.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby collected two assists to extend his point streak versus the Blue Jackets to 12 games dating to Oct. 21, 2006 (5-15—20, regular season and playoffs). He now has 40-68—108 in 84 career postseason contests; only Mario Lemieux (76-96—172) and Jaromir Jagr (65-82—147) have more playoff points in franchise history . . . Defensemen Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Michal Rozsival all scored for the Blackhawks. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks just the fourth time in franchise history that three different defensemen have found the back of the net for the Blackhawks in one playoff game: Doug Wilson, Behn Wilson and Jack O’Callahan did that twice in 1985 (Game 1 vs. DET, Game 1 vs. MIN), while Doug Wilson, Dave Manson and Bob Murray did so in 1990 (Game 3 at STL) . . . Penguins forward Brian Gibbons scored his first two career playoff goals, including one shorthanded, in 2:26 of playing time before leaving the game due to injury. He is the first Penguins rookie to record a multi-goal postseason game since 1993, when Shawn McEachern, Jeff Daniels and Martin Straka each did so . . . The Department of Player Safety fined Bruins forward Milan Lucic $5,000 for spearing Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser during Game 1 of the teams’ First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Philadelphia @ NY Rangers, NYR leads 1-0, 12:00 p.m., NBC, TSN, RDS (JIP)
Detroit @ Boston, DET leads 1-0, 3:00 p.m., NBC, TSN, RDS
Tampa Bay @ Montreal, MTL leads 2-0, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS, SUN
Los Angeles @ San Jose, SJ leads 1-0, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS (JIP), FS-W, CSN-CA
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