Rangers broom avoidance a rare feat

May, 24, 2013
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The Rangers avoided being swept by the Bruins, overcoming a 2–0 deficit to win Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. It was the third time in Rangers playoff history that they won a game facing elimination after trailing by two or more goals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Their other such wins were a triple-OT win in Game 6 of their series against the Blackhawks in 1971, and the Mark Messier “guaranteed win” in Game 6 at New Jersey in 1994.

Two things happened to the Blackhawks on Thursday that did not happen during the regular season. The Blackhawks lost Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals to the Red Wings 2-0, the first time this season in 57 regular-season and postseason games that the Blackhawks have been shut out. Also, the Blackhawks have lost the last three games in this series, their first three-game losing streak this season (regular season or postseason).

Eastern Conference Semifinals - Game 4
Rangers 4, Bruins 3 (OT) (Bruins lead series, 3-1)

* Chris Kreider (NYR): GW goal at 7:03 of OT, 1st career playoff OT goal
* Kreider: 6 playoff goals in 25 playoff games (he has just 2 goals in 23 career regular-season games)
* Brian Boyle (NYR): Game-tying power play goal (3), Rangers' first PPG since Game 4 of Conference Quarterfinals vs Capitals (454:05 of game time between PPG)
* Bruins: Loss snaps 4-game playoff win streak
* Rangers: 5th time in team history they win a postseason game in overtime when facing elimination. It's the first since 1994 when they beat the Devils in Game 7 of the Conference Finals to advance to the Stanley Cup
* Bruins: are one of three teams in NHL history to lose a best-of-7 series after holding a 3-0 lead in 2010 vs Flyers (other teams to lose after leading 3-0: 1942 Red Wings and 1975 Penguins)
* FROM ELIAS: Rangers avoided being swept by the Bruins by overcoming a 2–0 deficit to win Game 4. It was the third time in Rangers playoff history that they won a game facing elimination after trailing by two or more goals. Their other wins of that description were a triple-OT win in Game 6 of their series against Chicago in 1971, the Mark Messier “guaranteed win” in Game 6 at New Jersey in 1994. Thursday’s victory was the first time that the Rangers won any playoff game in which they trailed by two goals since 1995 against Quebec.

Bruins Road Games Since 2010, Chance To Clinch Playoff Series
2013 Game 4 at NYR Lost
2013 Game 6 at TOR Lost
2011 Game 7 at VAN Won <<
2011 Game 6 at TB Lost
2011 Game 6 at MTL Lost
2010 Game 6 at PHI Lost
2010 Game 4 at PHI Lost
2010 Game 5 at BUF Lost
>> Won Stanley Cup

Western Conference Semifinals - Game 4
Red Wings 2, Blackhawks 0 (Red Wings lead series 3-1)

* Blackhawks: Shut out for the first time this season (were not shutout in 48 regular season games or 8 previous playoff games)
* Blackhawks: Lost 3 straight games in series (they did not lose 3 straight games during the regular season)
* Red Wings: Won 4 straight playoff home games
* Jakub Kindl (DET): 1st career playoff goal
* Blackhawks: 0-3 on power play; 0-11 on power play on the road this postseason
* Jonathan Toews (CHI): 9th straight game this postseason without a goal (longest goal-less drought during regular season was 4 games)
* FROM ELIAS: Jimmy Howard recorded the second playoff shutout of his career, this after beating Chicago 4–1 in Game 2 and 3–1 in Game 3. This is the first time that Howard has allowed no more than one goal in each of three consecutive playoff games. Before his current run of three straight wins, Howard had held an opponent to fewer than two goals in only five of his 36 career postseason games and only one of 24 games over the last three playoff years.

Blackhawks This Season
Regular Conf Semis
Season vs Red Wings
Games shut out 0 1
3-game losing streaks 0 1
Goals PG 3.2 1.5

Western Conference Semifinals - Game 5
Kings 3, Sharks 0 (Kings Lead Series, 3-2)

* Home team has won all 5 games in series
* Kings: 6-0 at home in 2013 playoffs (won 13 straight home games, dating to regular season)
* Kings: 21-0 over the last two playoffs when they score at least 2 goals (SOURCE: ELIAS)
* Jonathan Quick (LA): 7-0, 3 shutouts in last 7 home playoff games dating back to last season (7th career playoff shutout)
* Sharks: 1-19 on power play in ROAD games this postseason (0-3 in Game 5)

Patrick Roy Named Avalanche Head Coach
* Roy spent final 7+ seasons with Avalanche from 1996-2003 (won 2 Stanley Cup titles)
* Roy is the first goalie already in the Hockey Hall of Fame to coach in the NHL. Gerry Cheevers and Hugh Lehman coached in the NHL and were inducted into the HHOF as players (goalies) but were inducted after they began coaching
* Avalanche have the first pick in the NHL Draft, which starts June 30th

Lowest Point Percentage
Since Avs Moved To Colorado In 1995
2012-13 .406 <<
2010-11 .415
2008-09 .421
>> 2nd Lowest in NHL This Season

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