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by Paul on 05/02/14 at 09:55 AM ET
SUBBAN LIFTS CANADIENS IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME
P.K. Subban (2-0—2) scored the game-winning goal at 4:17 of double-overtime to lift the Canadiens to a Game 1 victory over the Bruins.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Subban became the second defenseman in Canadiens history to post the winning goal in a multi-overtime game. The first was Patrice Brisebois, who did so on April 24, 1997, in Montreal’s 4-3 triple-overtime victory against New Jersey in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Before Subban, the last defenseman on any NHL team to register the winning goal in a multi-overtime game was Kevin Bieksa, who led the Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Sharks in the fifth and deciding game of the 2011 Western Conference Final.
* Subban recorded his first career multi-goal game in the playoffs and his first such game overall since March 21, 2013 (2-0—2 at NYI). He now has 2-5—7 during a four-game point streak.
* Both of Subban’s goals came via the power play (2-for-3, 66.7%). That matches the number of power-play goals the Canadiens scored against the Bruins during their four-game, regular-season series (2-for-17, 11.8%).
* The Canadiens improved to 5-0 in the postseason despite surrendering two-goal and one-goal leads in the third period.
* Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk forced overtime by knotting the score at 3-3 with 1:58 remaining in regulation. It marked the eighth game-tying goal in the final 2:30 of regulation in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the first time the team that tied the game failed to win in overtime.
* Carey Price made 48 saves, one shy of his career high in the postseason (April 23, 2011: 49 saves at BOS), to improve to 5-0 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* Rene Bourque recorded his fourth goal of the postseason in his fifth game (4-1—5). He had just nine goals in 63 regular-season contests (9-7—16).
* Francis Bouillon scored his third career playoff goal and first since April 19, 2008, also versus the Bruins.
* The Canadiens and Bruins now have played 38 overtime games in their 171 all-time playoff meetings, with Montreal holding a 23-15 edge in those contests. That includes a 4-2 record in their six games that have required multiple overtimes.
* The Canadiens improved to 6-1-0 in their last seven meetings with the Bruins (regular season and playoffs), including a 4-1-0 mark in 2013-14.
DID YOU KNOW?
Defensemen have scored 56 of the 289 total goals in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (19.4%), including five of the seven in Game 1 between the Canadiens and Bruins.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 29 saves. He leads all netminders in goals-against average (1.52) and save percentage (.946) in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs . . . Canadiens forward Daniel Briere picked up the secondary assist on P.K. Subban’s overtime winner and now has 51-61—112 in 113 career postseason games . . . Bruins defenseman Torey Krug scored his sixth career playoff goal (in 21 GP) . . . Canadiens captain Brian Gionta played in his 100th career postseason game . . . Forwards Sidney Crosby (PIT), Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) and Claude Giroux (PHI) were announced as the three finalists for the 2013-14 Hart Memorial Trophy . . . The Canucks announced that head coach John Tortorella and assistant coach Mike Sullivan have been relieved of their duties . . . The Islanders acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Capitals in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft . . . Defenseman Tom Poti announced his retirement from the NHL. The 37-year-old blueliner compiled 69-258—327 in 824 games with the Oilers, Rangers, Islanders and Capitals.
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Pittsburgh, Game 1, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Minnesota @ Chicago, Game 1, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS
thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above
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