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Friday's games: Playoff points to watch

5/6/2011
  • Since 1980, there has been only one year in which there were three sweeps in the conference semifinals. In 1995, the Flyers (versus the Rangers), Red Wings (versus the Sharks) and Blackhawks (versus Canucks) all swept their way into the conference finals. The remaining series went five games with the Devils beating the Penguins.

  • Boston and San Jose are the first NHL teams to take 3-0 leads in a best-of-seven series against the same opponent in consecutive years since the Canadiens did so against the Whalers in 1988 and 1989.

No. 2 San Jose Sharks at No. 3 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks lead 3-0), 7 p.m. ET

  • The Sharks are trying to advance to the conference finals for the second straight year. Prior to last year, San Jose had made one conference finals appearance in 17 years.

  • The Red Wings have not been swept since the 2003 conference quarterfinals against the Mighty Ducks, while the Sharks have never swept a series in franchise history.

  • Just like last year's series, the Sharks won the first three games against the Red Wings by one goal with Game 3's victory coming in overtime.

  • Devin Setoguchi had a hat trick in Game 3 after scoring one goal in his first eight postseason games this year.

  • Pavel Datsyuk has at least one point in six of seven postseason games this year.

  • Antti Niemi has not allowed a goal off a rebound in this series after allowing six against the Kings.

No. 2 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 3 Boston Bruins (Bruins lead 3-0), 8 p.m. ET

  • With a Boston win, the Bruins will advance to their first conference finals since 1992 and end a three-year streak of losing to a Pennsylvania team.

  • The Bruins had a 3-0 lead against the Flyers in last year's conference semifinals and then lost the next four games.

  • David Krejci has been credited with the game-winning goal in all three of Boston's wins against the Flyers. Mike Bossy (1983 conference finals against Boston) is the only player in NHL history to score four game-winning goals in one playoff series, according to Elias.

  • Boston scored its first power-play goal of the postseason on a 5-on-3 in Game 3. It is now 1-for-32 on the power play this postseason.

  • The Flyers have pulled their starting goalie six times this postseason. The single-postseason record for the most instances of multiple goalies playing in a game is seven (1990 Blackhawks), according to Elias.