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Home teams won all three games Thursday and have a 44-20 record (.688) in the playoffs, including a 14-3 mark (.824) in the second round. Home clubs also have won 15 of the 21 overtime games (.714) in the postseason, including all four in the Conference Semifinals.
The Kings set a franchise record with their 13th consecutive victory at STAPLES Center dating to the regular season. Los Angeles also has won a team-record seven straight home playoff games dating to last year.
DOWN, BUT NOT OUT
The Rangers overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to force overtime and eventually win in the extra frame, marking the third time in franchise history that the team won a game in which it faced elimination and trailed by two or more goals. The other wins of that description were a triple-overtime victory in Game 6 of the 1971 Semifinals against Chicago and Mark Messier’s famous “guaranteed win” in Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Final at New Jersey. Thursday’s victory also marked the first time the Rangers won any playoff game in which they trailed by two or more goals since 1995 against Quebec. (Elias)
F-bombs being tossed, rink mic picks-up the linseman.
Chris Kreider with the OT goal on a nice feed from Rick Nash.
Tuukka Rask can't handle the 'changeup' from Carl Hagelin.
The Bruins can sweep the Rangers tonight with a win.
Detroit with a win tonight will force Chicago to win three in a row.
The Sharks or the Kings will be facing an elimination game on Sunday, which team will it be?
Discuss the game tonight or any topic related to the NHL Playoffs.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Denis Savard fathered Patrick Kane’s style, so it’s no surprise that he loves the player like a son.
“You get to meet him, you get to know him, and you’re gonna love him like he’s your son or your brother. He’s a great kid. He’s done a lot of great things for Chicago,” says Savard, a 52-year-old Hall of Famer. “And I always remind people of this: Patrick Kane comes to play every night.”
For the first time since the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup-winning season of 2009-10, Kane produced at better than a point-per-game rate in the 47 games he came to play in 2013. His 23 goals and 32 assists in this chopped-short season were good enough for fifth overall in NHL scoring — and Kane averaged at least 50 seconds less ice time per game (20:03) than the four guys ahead of him in the race.
While Chicago’s multidimensional captain, Jonathan Toews, has taken some heat this postseason for producing nary a goal and only three assists in the team’s first eight playoff contests, Kane’s output has maintained. No. 88 has eight in eight.
By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,
Has the Senators’ luck run out, or did they simply run into an unstoppable force they couldn’t overpower with grit, hustle and focus, similar to how they dismantled the higher-seeded Montreal Canadiens earlier this month?
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has reached an agreement in principle with Patrick Roy to become the franchise’s Head Coach/Vice President of Hockey Operations. Due to the Memorial Day weekend, the Avalanche will hold a press conference next week in Denver to formally introduce Roy.
Roy, 47, becomes the sixth head coach in Avalanche history and the 14th in franchise history. In addition to his head coaching duties, Roy will also work with Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic in all player personnel decisions.
“This is a very exciting day for our fans and a significant moment in our organization’s history,” said Avalanche President Josh Kroenke. “Patrick’s passion for the game of hockey both as a player and as a coach defines who he is as a person. He is a winner and is coming back to Denver where he created numerous special moments on and off the ice while helping lead us to two Stanley Cup championships.”
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scoffed at the notion, put forth by Sharks forward TJ Galiardi, that goalie Jonathan Quick engages in “a little embellishment.”
Doughty stood up for his goalie Quick, a spirited defense, and then said the San Jose player is a noted diver. He took issue with the comments and said they went beyond the usual playoff back-and-forth.
“It’s not even playoff talk,” Doughty told The Times after Thursday’s morning skate before Game 5. “It’s just funny to even hear that from a guy who is the biggest diver on their team. Like it’s just ridiculous he can even say that, to be honest.
“But I don’t want to get involved in that stuff. I don’t think you have to watch many (Sharks’ games). You can just watch three of his shifts and you’ll see how many times he dives. There’s been times where even the refs are telling him, just get up, because he’s diving so often.”
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