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by Monica McAlister on 04/26/14 at 10:42 AM ET
(Home Team in Caps)
PHILADELPHIA 2, NY Rangers 1 – series tied 2-2
Chicago 3, ST. LOUIS 2 (OT) – CHI leads 3-2
ANAHEIM 6, Dallas 2 – ANA leads 3-2
TOEWS LIFTS BLACKHAWKS IN OVERTIME
Playing overtime for the fourth time in five games, Jonathan Toews scored at 7:36 of the extra period to help the Blackhawks edge the Blues and take a 3-2 series lead.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this marks the fifth series in Stanley Cup Playoffs history that has required at least four overtime games in the first five contests. The others:
CHI-PHX in 2012 CQF: First five games went to OT (PHX won series 4-2)
DAL-EDM in 2001 CQF: Four of first five games went to OT (DAL won series 4-2)
MTL-TOR in 1951 F: All five games went to OT (TOR won series 4-1)
BOS-TOR in 1933 SF: Four of five total games went to OT (TOR won series 3-2)
* Overall, this marks the 13th time in Stanley Cup Playoffs history that a series has required at least four overtime games.
* The Blackhawks now have gone to overtime in eight of their past 12 playoff games dating to last year, posting a 5-3 mark in those contests.
* Toews potted his eighth career game-winning goal in the postseason, tied for a franchise record (with Jeremy Roenick), and his second in overtime (also April 12, 2012 at PHX). He now has 22-48—70 in 80 career playoff games, including a team-leading 2-4—6 in five outings this postseason.
* The Blackhawks improved to 13-3 on the road in Games 4-7 of a series since 2010, including a 5-1 mark en route to the Stanley Cup in both 2010 and 2013. They became just the second Western Conference team to earn a road victory this postseason (following the Sharks in Game 3 versus the Kings; 2-16 overall).
MASON, FLYERS EVEN SERIES WITH RANGERS
Making his first postseason start since April 23, 2009, Steve Mason recorded 37 saves – including 33 straight to finish the game – to pick up his first career playoff victory and help the Flyers even their series with the Rangers.
* Trailing 1-0 early in the first period, the Flyers recorded the 24th comeback win of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (in 34 GP, 70.6%).
* Mason made his first overall start since April 12, when he suffered an upper-body injury against the Penguins. He appeared in 61 games during the regular season, matching a career high and tying for seventh in the NHL with 33 victories.
* Jakub Voracek scored his fourth career postseason goal and second game-winner. He posted career highs in nearly every offensive category this season, including goals (23), assists (39), points (62) and power-play goals (8, tied).
* ICYMI: Take a look inside the Flyers’ locker room following their Game 4 win.
GETZLAF POWERS DUCKS IN RETURN TO LINEUP
After missing Game 4 with an upper-body injury, Ryan Getzlaf posted 1-2—3 in his return to lineup to help the Ducks take a 3-2 series lead over the Stars.
* With his performance, Getzlaf (24-42—66) passed Teemu Selanne (33-31—64) for the most postseason points in Ducks history. He now has 4-8—12 in seven total games versus the Stars in 2013-14, including 3-4—7 in four playoff contests.
* Corey Perry (1-2—3) capped the team’s scoring with his 20th career postseason goal. It marked the 11th time both Getzlaf and Perry have found the back of the net in the same playoff game – the Ducks improved to 10-1 in those contests, including a 2-0 mark this postseason.
* Rickard Rakell scored his first career goal (regular season or playoffs; 24 total GP), becoming the first player in Ducks history to do so in the postseason.
* After going 0-for-11 on the power play in the prior three games, the Ducks set a franchise playoff record by tallying four goals in six opportunities with the man-advantage. They also tied a club mark with six overall goals (accomplished three previous times, most recently April 20, 2011 at NSH).
DOWN TO THE WIRE
Twenty of the 34 games (58.8%) contested thus far in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs have featured one-goal margins, including two of three on Friday. 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%).
GAME 4 OF BRUINS-RED WINGS SERIES SETS RECORD ON NBCSN
Thursday’s Game 4 between the Bruins and Red Wings averaged 1.056 million viewers on NBCSN, making it the network’s most-watched, non-elimination game in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The previous such record was set on April 22, 2011, when Game 5 of the opening-round series between the Sabres and Flyers averaged 931,000 viewers.
Stars forward Jamie Benn found the back of the net to extend his point streak to 10 games dating to the regular season (8-5—13), including 4-1—5 in the playoffs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Stars player to register at least one point in each of his first five postseason games since the 1980 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when both Steve Payne and Bobby Smith did so . . . Blues forward T.J. Oshie scored from his knees to snap a 10-game goal/point drought dating to the regular season . . . Rangers forward Dominic Moore scored his eighth career postseason goal and first since May 17, 2011 . . . Stars forward Shawn Horcoff recorded his 11th career playoff goal and first since June 17, 2006 . . . Vladimir Sobotka went 15-for-17 in the face-off circle (88.2%), the best such performance by a Blues player in the postseason since face-offs began being tracked in 2000-01 . . . Goaltenders Ben Bishop (TB), Tuukka Rask (BOS) and Semyon Varlamov (COL) were announced as the three finalists for the 2013-14 Vezina Trophy.
SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Detroit @ Boston, BOS leads 3-1, 3:00 p.m., NBC, TSN, RDS
Columbus @ Pittsburgh, series tied 2-2, 7:00 p.m., CBC, RDS, NBCSN, FS-O, ROOT
Minnesota @ Colorado, series tied 2-2, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS, FS-N, ALT
Los Angeles @ San Jose, SJ leads 3-1, 10:00 p.m., CNBC, CBC, RDS2, FS-W, CSN-CA
* Red Wings goaltender Jonas Gustavsson is expected to start for the second consecutive time against the Bruins. With starter Jimmy Howard out with the flu, Gustavsson made 37 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 4 on Thursday.
* Penguins defenseman Paul Martin leads all scorers in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 0-8—8, tallying a pair of assists in each of the first four games against the Blue Jackets. Martin is the first Penguins player to record four consecutive multi-assist playoff games since Paul Coffey did so in four straight contests in April 1989.
* Wild rookie goaltender Darcy Kuemper enters tonight’s game with a 2-0 record, 0.40 goals-against average and .979 save percentage in three appearances against the Avalanche this series.
* The Sharks host the Kings having defeated their SoCal rivals five consecutive times at home during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and in 12 of the past 13 contests overall since the start of the 2011-12 season.
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