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by Paul on 05/04/14 at 09:26 AM ET
GABORIK, KINGS STUN DUCKS IN OVERTIME
Marian Gaborik scored the tying goal with 7.0 seconds remaining in regulation and then potted the game-winner 12:07 into overtime to lift the Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Ducks in their first-ever playoff meeting.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Gaborik (2-1—3) became the first player in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to score a tying goal in the final 10 seconds of regulation and then win the game in overtime.
* Gaborik recorded his second career playoff overtime goal (also May 2, 2012 at WSH – 3OT). He now has 5-3—8 in his last six games and 23-20—43 in his 62-game postseason career.
* Gaborik’s goal at the end of the third period marked the fifth time in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs that a team has tied the game in the final minute of regulation. Each time, the team that has tied the contest has gone on to win in overtime:
GAME-TYING GOALS IN FINAL MINUTE OF REGULATION
Paul Stastny, COL – 19:46 of Game 1, First Round vs. MIN (COL won 5-4 in OT)
Vladimir Tarasenko, STL – 19:53 of Game 2, First Round vs. CHI (STL won 4-3 in OT)
Brandon Dubinsky, CBJ – 19:36 of Game 4, First Round vs. PIT (CBJ won 4-3 in OT)
Devante Smith-Pelly, ANA – 19:36 of Game 6, First Round at DAL (ANA won 5-4 in OT)
Marian Gaborik, LA – 19:53 of Game 1, Second Round at ANA (LA won 3-2 in OT)
* Gaborik became the second player this postseason to score a tying goal in the final minute of regulation and then win the game in overtime, following Avalanche forward Paul Stastny, who did so in Game 1 of the team’s First Round series versus the Wild. According to the Elias Sports, that feat had only been accomplished twice before in the Stanley Cup Playoffs prior to 2014: by Flyers forward Rick MacLeish in 1977 (at TOR) and by Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron in 2013 (vs. TOR).
* Anze Kopitar assisted on all three Kings goals, including the primary helper on Gaborik’s overtime-winner, and now has found the scoresheet in all eight of the team’s postseason games (4-9—13). He also has an 11-game point streak dating to the regular season (8-10—18).
* Jonathan Quick made 33 saves to improve to 5-0 with a 1.35 goals-against average, .959 save percentage and one shutout in his last five games. He now has a 7-8 mark in 15 career playoff overtime contests.
* ICYMI: Defenseman Alec Martinez (1-0—1) made a game-saving stop in the opening minutes of overtime.
BRUINS RALLY IN THIRD PERIOD TO EVEN SERIES
Trailing 3-1 with less than 10 minutes to play in the third period, the Bruins scored four unanswered goals, including Reilly Smith’s go-ahead marker with 3:32 remaining, to even their series with the Canadiens.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the Bruins’ first-ever regulation victory when trailing by two goals in the final 10 minutes of a postseason game. Before Saturday’s comeback, the last time the Bruins won a playoff game in regulation when trailing by two goals at any point in the third period was on April 11, 1990, when they rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Whalers in Game 4 of Adams Division Semifinals.
* Smith recorded his third goal of the playoffs and second game-winner (7 GP). He only has three game-winning goals in 122 career regular-season contests.
* Dougie Hamilton started the Bruins’ comeback with his second goal of the postseason, extending his point streak to five games (2-4—6). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first Bruins defenseman age 20 or younger to post a five-game point streak in a single playoff year. The last blueliner to accomplish that feat for any team was Al MacInnis, who had a six-game point streak for the Flames at age 20 (April 13-22, 1984).
* Zdeno Chara (0-1—1) logged a game-high 26:59 and recorded a +5 rating, matching a career high accomplished twice in the regular season (Jan. 24, 2004 vs. NYR; Feb. 28, 2004 vs. BUF). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the highest plus/minus rating by a Bruins player in the postseason since 1985, when Ken Linseman posted a +5 rating in a 7-6 victory over the Canadiens in Game 4 of the Adams Division Semifinals.
* Since 1998, only four other NHL players have registered a +5 or higher rating in a playoff game: Sabres teammates Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder (both +6 at PHI; May 2, 2006) and Flyers Matt Carle (+5 vs. BOS; May 7, 2010) and Maxime Talbot (+5 at PIT; April 13, 2012).
* Patrice Bergeron recorded 1-1—2 to extend his assist/point streak to six games (2-6—8). He also scored the tying goal off a fortuitous bounce with 5:43 remaining.
* Tuukka Rask made 25 saves to pick up his first career home victory versus the Canadiens (regular season and playoffs; 1-6-3). He leads the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 1.71 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in seven appearances.
* For his efforts, Smith received the team’s Player of the Game jacket (courtesy of @NHLBruins):
DID YOU KNOW?
Eleven of the 53 games (20.8%) contested thus far in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs have featured a multi-goal comeback victory. There were only eight such comebacks in the entire 2013 postseason.
With his first goal of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Ducks forward Teemu Selanne (43 years, 304 days) became the third-oldest player in NHL history to score in the postseason:
1. Gordie Howe, HFD (April 9, 1980): 52 years, 9 days
2. Chris Chelios, DET (April 21, 2007): 45 years, 86 days
3. Teemu Selanne, ANA (May 3, 2014): 43 years, 304 days
There now have been 17 overtime games through the first 53 contests of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (32.1%), including three in the opening five games of the Second Round. Road teams improved to 10-7 (.588) in overtime games this postseason, including five consecutive victories . . . Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek (2-0—2) recorded his fourth career multi-goal playoff game and first since April 24, 2011. He now has 34-33—67 in 60 career games versus the Bruins (regular season and playoffs), including 4-1—5 in five postseason contests . . . Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf (0-2—2) posted his fourth multi-point game of the playoffs and now leads the team with 3-6—9 in six outings . . . Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban collected two assists to extend his point streak to five games (2-7—9).
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Minnesota @ Chicago, Game 2, CHI leads 1-0, 3:00 p.m., NBC, TSN, RDS
NY Rangers @ Pittsburgh, Game 2, NYR leads 1-0, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
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