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Open Post- Day 38 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

You know the scenario, a win by the Tampa Bay Lightning puts them in the Stanley Cup Final.  A win by the New York Islanders forces a game 7 in Tampa on Friday.

Drop the puck.

Below, the TV schedule for tonight and some light reading.

via the NHL PR department,




* The top five scorers in the 2021 postseason are all Lightning players. In the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44), only two playoff years have ended with players from the same team finishing first through fifth in scoring – the Canadiens in 1957 and Bruins in 1970. It has not happened since the Stanley Cup Playoffs expanded to four rounds in 1974-75.

* Already the first goaltender in NHL history with a clinching shutout in three consecutive seriesAndrei Vasilevskiy can now become the first goaltender in NHL history to post at least three such performances in a single playoff year.  
 
Nikita Kucherov has 12-49—61 since the start of the 2020 postseason. Only Wayne Gretzky (5x), Mario LemieuxDoug GilmourMike Bossy and Mark Messier have recorded more points over two consecutive postseasons. 
 
Brayden Point has scored 27 goals since the start of the 2020 postseason. He is only the fourth player in the last 33 years to record as many goals in two straight postseasons. The others: Mario Lemieux (32; 1991-1992), Kevin Stevens (30; 1991-1992) and Cam Neely (28; 1990-1991). 

Travis Zajac (1-5—6 in 10 GP; 4-6 record) has the most points when facing elimination among current Islanders. 

Nikita Kucherov leads all Lightning players in goals (7), assists (11) and points (18) in potential series-clinching games (23 GP; 13-10 record) - the most in each category in franchise history. 

* Game 5 marked the 15th time in Stanley Cup Playoffs history that a game was decided by a margin of eight or more goals. In 10 of the previous 14 instances, the losing team played another game that postseason – splitting the results of the ensuing contest (5-5) including wins in each of the last two such occurrences (CGY in Game 5 of 1990 DSF vs. LAK and TOR in Game 5 of 1988 DSF at DET).  
 
* The Islanders have allowed eight or more goals in a game four times in the postseason and rebounded to win the next contest on two of the previous three occasions (Game 3 of 1975 PRLM and Game 3 of 1980 SCF). Their only loss in that circumstance came against the Lightning (Game 2 of 2020 CF). 

Andrei Vasilevskiy is one win away from leading his team to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight postseason – he has earned every playoff win for the Lightning since the start of the 2020 postseason. Only four goaltenders since the expansion era (1967-68) have backstopped their team to the Final in consecutive playoff years while earning each win for their team across the two postseasons: Ken Dryden (4; 1976 to 1979), Marc-Andre Fleury (2008 & 2009), Martin Brodeur (2000 & 2001) and Ed Belfour (1999 & 2000). 

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Paul's avatar

Point late in the first 1-0. Goals in 9 games in a row for Point.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/23/21 at 08:43 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

B.S. calling only clutterbuck for that scrum.

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/23/21 at 09:22 PM ET

Paul's avatar

2-0, Cirelli, late in the 2nd.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/23/21 at 09:34 PM ET

Paul's avatar

2-1 Eberle.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/23/21 at 09:40 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Brayden Point, 3rd round pick

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/23/21 at 09:49 PM ET

Paul's avatar

2-2, Mayfield. 8:44 left in 3rd.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/23/21 at 10:29 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

2-2. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 06/23/21 at 10:29 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

That looked like the Tampa guys own stick hit him..??

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/23/21 at 10:33 PM ET

Paul's avatar

OT starts in 17 minutes.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/23/21 at 10:44 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Do or die for N.Y. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 06/23/21 at 11:02 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

3-2 Game 7. cheese

Posted by bigfrog on 06/23/21 at 11:03 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

It only seems fair that Kucherov, who was conveniently “injured” all regular season, should be out of the lineup for Tampa’s potentially last 2 games….

The Hockey Gods are a fickle bunch…. tongue wink

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/23/21 at 11:20 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

It only seems fair that Kucherov, who was conveniently “injured” all regular season, should be out of the lineup for Tampa’s potentially last 2 games….

The Hockey Gods are a fickle bunch…. tongue wink

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/23/21 at 11:20 PM ET

Ha! Love you for saying that!

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 06/23/21 at 11:31 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Go Isles

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/23/21 at 11:39 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

Posted by Down River Dan

And Tampa’s still over the cap.

Posted by Steeb on 06/24/21 at 12:08 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Unless, I’ve been reading it wrong, I thought the cap no longer matters in the playoffs.  Only in the regular season does the cap matter.

Toronto Star explanation of the salary cap and how LTIR affects it.

It is a fascinating work-around (or loophole, in your POV).

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/24/21 at 01:31 AM ET

Steeb's avatar

Posted by SYF


It doesn’t, but it was awfully convenient that all their hurt players were suddenly cleared to play and healthy on day 1 of the playoffs, which put them $17mil over. I’m not saying they did anything illegal, and I’m all for gaming the system (sports-wise) if you can. But it’s def not a good look for the league with a HARD cap in the reg season to the point that Calgary was playing less than a full 23 man roster one year to be cap compliant at the end of the season.

 

Posted by Steeb on 06/24/21 at 12:08 PM ET

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