Monday, April 23, 2012
Morning jam: Overnight game facts
By Elias Sports Bureau
• The Kings eliminated the Canucks, the team with the best record in the NHL this season, with a 2-1 overtime win in Game 5 of their first-round series. Vancouver was the sixth Presidents' Trophy-winning team to be knocked out in the first round of the playoffs since 1985-86, when the NHL began giving its award to the team with the best record in the league, but they were the first one of those teams to go out in fewer than six games. The other Presidents' Trophy winners who were one-and-done were the 1990-91 Blackhawks (eliminated by the Minnesota North Stars), 1999-2000 Blues (San Jose), 2005-06 Red Wings (Edmonton), 2008-09 Sharks (Anaheim) and 2009-10 Capitals (Montreal).
• The Bruins-Capitals series is the first one in NHL playoff history in which each of the first six games were decided by a one-goal margin. Boston has won by scores of 1-0 (in double overtime), 4-3 and 4-3 (in OT), while Washington's victories have been scores of 2-1 (in overtime), 2-1 and 4-3. Of course, the Bruins' and Caps' exclusive hold on that record might last only one day. Game 6 of the Phoenix-Chicago series is set for Monday night and each of the first five games were decided in overtime.
• Tyler Seguin scored the first playoff overtime goal of his NHL career to give the Bruins a 4-3 win in Game 6 of their series against the Capitals. The 20-year-old Seguin is the third-youngest player to score a playoff overtime goal for the Bruins, behind Don Gallinger, who holds the NHL record with an OT winner at age 17 versus Montreal in 1943, and Patrice Bergeron, who was 18 years old when he scored in overtime against the Canadiens in 2004.
• The Flyers finally got it right on their third try to eliminate the Penguins, wrapping up their first-round series with a 5-1 win in Game 6. Claude Giroux, who led all players on both teams with 14 points in the series (6 goals, 8 assists), recorded a goal and two assists in the clincher on Sunday afternoon. Giroux's 14 points were the second-most ever tallied by a Flyers player in one playoff series, behind Tim Kerr's 15 points (10 goals, 5 assists) in a seven-game series against Pittsburgh in 1989. Giroux is only the second NHL player since 1993 to score at least 14 points in a playoff series of fewer than seven games. Sidney Crosby registered 14 points in the Penguins' six-game first-round series win against Ottawa in 2010.