Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/08/14 at 10:12 AM ET
PENGUINS POWER PAST RANGERS, TAKE 3-1 SERIES LEAD
The Penguins scored a pair of third-period goals, including the eventual game-winner from Jussi Jokinen, to earn their third consecutive victory and take a 3-1 series lead over the Rangers.
* Jokinen found the back of the net for the third consecutive game and extended his career-long postseason point streak to eight games (5-3—8). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three other players in Stanley Cup Playoffs history have recorded a point streak of eight or more games with exactly one point in each contest: Islanders forwards Bryan Trottier (8 games) and John Tonelli (8) in 1981 and Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (9) in 2006.
* Jokinen now is tied for the League lead with six goals (with Marian Gaborik) and three game-winners (with Jonathan Toews) in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had three game-winning goals in his entire postseason career prior to 2014 (35 GP).
* Jokinen now has registered one point in nine of the Penguins’ 10 playoff games (6-3—9) and 14 of the club’s last 15 contests dating to the regular season (9-5—14).
* Evgeni Malkin (1-1—2) gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a spin-o-rama goal 2:31 after the opening face-off. He now leads the team with 5-7—12 in 10 postseason contests.
* Sidney Crosby collected two assists for his second multi-point game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He now is tied for second on the club (with Jokinen) with 1-8—9 in 10 outings.
* Marc-Andre Fleury made 13 saves for the victory, but saw his franchise-record postseason shutout streak end at 145:30. He improved to 7-3 with a 2.20 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and two shutouts in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs; all three of his (and the team’s) losses have come in overtime.
* Fleury now is 7-2 with a 1.75 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and three shutouts in nine career postseason appearances versus the Rangers.
* The Penguins improved to 19-5 all-time versus the Rangers in the playoffs, including a 9-2 mark at Madison Square Garden. They have won seven of their last nine games in New York (including the regular season) and now are 12-4 at Madison Square Garden in 16 total visits under head coach Dan Bylsma.
DID YOU KNOW?
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Penguins forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both have recorded two or more points in the same playoff game 19 times. The team is 13-6 in those contests.
NHL/THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND RECIPIENTS
Devan Abercrombie of the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club in Washington, D.C., and Nicholas McCurdy of the Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS) program founded in Vancouver, Canada, each have been awarded the 2014 NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund academic scholarship to attend any college or university in the U.S. or Canada this fall.
The four-year academic scholarship originates from a partnership between the NHL and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which has been awarding scholarships to participants involved in Hockey is for Everyone programs since 2012.
The NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative is the League’s official youth development program that provides support and unique programming to nonprofit youth organizations across North America – including the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club and the HEROS program – committed to offering children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey. Since its launch in 1998, Hockey is for Everyone has provided support to more than 45,000 boys and girls.
Eastern Conference clubs have accounted for 14 of the 22 road victories (63.6%) in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (East: 14-15, West: 8-23) . . . Penguins forward Chris Kunitz potted his third goal of the postseason and now has at least one point in seven of his past eight games (3-5—8) . . . Rangers forwards Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello both scored their third goals of the playoffs, tying Benoit Pouliot and Brad Richards for the team lead. . . Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin tied Ron Francis for fourth on the franchise’s all-time postseason assists list (68) . . . The Flyers promoted Paul Holmgren to president and Ron Hextall to general manager . . . The Blues extended the contract of head coach Ken Hitchcock for the 2014-15 season. Associate coach Brad Shaw and assistant coach Ray Bennett also will return for the upcoming season. Assistant coach Gary Agnew and goaltending coach Corey Hirsch will not rejoin the team . . . Defenseman Marek Malik announced his retirement from hockey. The 38-year-old blueliner played in 691 NHL games, compiling 33-135—168 with the Whalers/Hurricanes, Canucks, Rangers and Lightning. He is most well-known for his between-the-legs, game-winning goal in the 15th round of the shootout for the Rangers in a 3-2 victory over the Capitals on Nov. 26, 2005 . . . ICYMI: Actors Susan Sarandon, James Lipton and Margot Robbie; Giants quarterback Eli Manning; and Mets pitcher Matt Harvey were among those in attendance for the Rangers-Penguins game.
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Boston @ Montreal, Game 4, MTL leads 2-1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Anaheim @ Los Angeles, Game 3, LA leads 2-0, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS
thanks to the NHL PR department for the above information
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