Morning jam: Overnight game facts

April, 22, 2012
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• Craig Anderson made 41 saves to lead the Senators to a 2–0 win at Madison Square Garden in Game 5 of their series against the Rangers. Anderson was the first NHL goaltender to make at least 40 saves in a road shutout in the playoffs since the Stars’ Ed Belfour made 48 stops in a 1–0 triple-overtime win at New Jersey in Game 5 of the 2000 Stanley Cup finals. Before Anderson, the last goaltender to do that in a road playoff game that did not go to overtime was Toronto’s Felix Potvin with a 42-save, 3–0 shutout at Chicago in 1995.

• Troy Brouwer's goal with 1:27 remaining in the third period snapped a 3–3 tie and earned the Capitals a 4–3 victory at Boston and a three-games-to-two lead in the series. It was only the second time in franchise history that a Capitals player scored a go-ahead goal in the final two minutes in the third period of a playoff game. The other Washington player to do that was Craig Laughlin against the Islanders in Game 1 of the 1984 Patrick Division finals. The only other go-ahead goal in the last two minutes of the third period in a 2012 playoff game was scored by the Bruins’ Zdeno Chara in Game 3 of this series. This is the first NHL playoff series in which each team scored a goal of that kind since the second-round matchup between the Penguins and Devils in 1995. Pittsburgh’s Luc Robitaille scored a go-ahead goal in the last two minutes of regulation time in Game 1 and New Jersey’s Scott Stevens did so in Game 2.

• Jose Theodore had his first playoff shutout since April 19, 2004, in the Panthers win over the Devils on Saturday. Only six other goaltenders have gone eight years between postseason shutouts, most recently Brian Boucher, who went just over 10 years (1999 to 2009).

The Panthers took the lead in their series against the Devils with a 3–0 win in Game 5. The Panthers’ final goal, a last-minute empty-netter, continued the trend of one team or the other taking a 3–0 lead in every game of the series (New Jersey in Games 1, 3 and 4; Florida in Games 2 and 5). The only other playoff series in NHL history in which one of the teams grabbed a 3–0 lead in each of the first five games was the Bruins versus Penguins best-of-five first-round series in 1980.

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