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by Paul on 06/12/14 at 10:22 AM ET
LUNDQVIST, RANGERS EDGE KINGS TO FORCE GAME 5
Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves, including 15 in the third period, to help the Rangers edge the Kings and force a Game 5 in the Stanley Cup Final.
* The Rangers improved to 11-2 in their last 13 postseason games when facing elimination (dating to Game 6 of 2012 CQF at OTT), including a 5-0 mark in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Lundqvist has started all 13 of those games, posting a 1.30 goals-against average, .959 save percentage and two shutouts.
* The Rangers also picked up their eighth consecutive home victory when facing elimination (dating to Game 4 of 2008 CSF vs. PIT). Lundqvist has started all eight of those contests, as well, compiling a 0.99 goals-against average, .968 save percentage and two shutouts.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers’ eight-game home winning streak when facing elimination establishes an NHL record. They previously were tied with two other teams with seven straight victories in that scenario: the Red Wings (twice, from 1934-40 and 1949-55) and Canadiens (1941-50).
* Lundqvist improved to 5-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .971 save percentage when the Rangers have faced elimination in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (168 SV on 173 SA). He has allowed one goal in each of those contests: Game 7 of First Round vs. PHI; Games 5, 6 and 7 of Second Round vs. PIT; and Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final vs. LA.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist became the third goaltender in NHL history to make 40 or more saves AND record a victory with his team facing elimination in the Stanley Cup Final (since the League started tracking shots in the late 1950s). The others: Stars goaltender Ed Belfour in Game 5 at NJ in 2000 (1-0 win in 3OT, 48 saves) and Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 5 at DET in 2008 (4-3 win in 3OT, 55 saves). Lundqvist, however, became the first goaltender in NHL history to earn such a win in regulation-time.
* Martin St. Louis scored the game-winning goal at 6:27 of the second period. He now has 11 career playoff game-winning goals, tied for fifth among active skaters (with Daniel Alfredsson and Teemu Selanne). The four players with more: Jaromir Jagr (16), Patrick Marleau (15), Daniel Briere (13) and Johan Franzen (12).
* St. Louis recorded his third game-winning goal of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, following the decisive marker in Game 3 of the First Round at PHI and the overtime-winner in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final vs. MTL.
* St. Louis became the fourth player to register at least three game-winning goals this postseason, joining Patrick Kane (4), Jonathan Toews (4) and Jussi Jokinen (3).
* St. Louis paces the Rangers with eight goals and is tied for second with 15 points in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (24 GP). He had 1-7—8 in 19 regular-season games with the club following his acquisition at the Trade Deadline.
* With the Rangers’ victory, there will not be a sweep in the Stanley Cup Final for the 15th consecutive season. The last Stanley Cup Final decided in four games happened in 1998, when the Red Wings swept the Capitals for their second consecutive championship.
* According to ESPN Stats & Information, the NHL’s 15 straight years without a sweep in the Stanley Cup Final is the longest such streak in any championship round in major pro sports history. The next-longest such drought is 12 years: by the NBA (1947-58) and MLB (1977-88).
* Game 5 of the Final will mark the 93rd game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, surpassing the previous single-year record of 92 established in 1991.
* The Kings will contest their 26th game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 5 of the Final, matching a single-year NHL record. The previous teams to play 26 games in one postseason: the 1987 Flyers and 2004 Flames, who both dropped seven-game series in the Stanley Cup Final.
* Benoit Pouliot scored at 7:25 of the first period to end the Rangers’ goal drought at 123:01 dating to the second period of Game 2.
* The Rangers outscored the Kings 1-0 in the first period, increasing their League-leading goal differential in the opening frame to +14 in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (26-12).
* The Rangers now have won 16 of their last 25 home playoff games (dating to Game 7 of 2012 CQF vs. OTT) as well as at least one home game in 15 consecutive series (dating to 2007 CQF vs. ATL).
* The Rangers scored the opening goal for the 16th time in their 24 games this postseason, improving to 11-5 in those contests.
* The Rangers also improved to 11-1 when holding a lead after two periods this postseason and have won 39 of 43 total games in that scenario including the regular season.
* After falling behind 2-0 at 6:27 of the second period, the Kings outshot the Rangers 27-6 through the remainder of the game, including a 15-1 edge in the final frame. They held the Rangers without a shot for the first 12:39 of the third period, posting a 9-0 advantage to that point.
* In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Kings outshot the Rangers 20-3 in the third period en route to a 3-2 comeback victory (in OT). They held the Rangers without a shot for the first 11:43 of that frame, posting a 14-0 advantage in that span.
* The first four games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final have produced similar results to the last time the Kings were in the Final in 2012: a pair of overtime victories to open the series, a shutout win in Game 3 and a narrow loss in Game 4:
2012 Stanley Cup Final
Game 1: Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 1 (OT)
Game 2: Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 1 (OT)
Game 3: Los Angeles 4, New Jersey 0
Game 4: New Jersey 3, Los Angeles 1*
2014 Stanley Cup Final
Game 1: Los Angeles 3, NY Rangers 2 (OT)
Game 2: Los Angeles 5, NY Rangers 4 (2OT)
Game 3: Los Angeles 3, NY Rangers 0
Game 4: NY Rangers 2, Los Angeles 1
* NJ scored empty-net goal at 19:40 of the third period
DID YOU KNOW?
The Rangers are the 27th team in Stanley Cup Final history to face a 3-0 series deficit (since the NHL adopted the best-of-seven format in 1939), but just the seventh to avoid a four-game sweep. A breakdown:
Teams Facing 3-0 Series Deficit, Stanley Cup Final History
Lost in 4 Games: 20
Lost in 5 Games: 3
Lost in 6 Games: 1 (NJ in 2012 vs. LA)
Lost in 7 Games: 1 (DET in 1945 vs. TOR)
Won in 7 Games: 1 (TOR in 1942 vs. DET)
Kings forward Dustin Brown scored his sixth goal of the playoffs and now has 4-4—8 in his last eight games . . . Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot potted the opening goal of the game and now has 5-5—10 this postseason (24 GP). He had 1-3—4 in 29 career playoff outings prior to 2014 . . . The Kings failed to score at least three goals for the first time since Game 1 of the Western Conference Final, ending a nine-game streak . . . The Flyers signed forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare from the Swedish Hockey League . . . The Rangers signed defenseman Petr Zamorsky from the Czech Extraliga . . . The Penguins hired Jason Karmanos as vice president of hockey operations . . . Check out what Kings forward Trevor Lewis had to say following the loss in his blog for NHL.com . . . Celebrities Michael J. Fox, Robert De Niro, Matt Lauer, John McEnroe, Eric Stonestreet, Spike Lee, David Duchovny, Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay and Chad Smith were among those in attendance for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final
the above information was provided by the NHL PR department
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