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Morning jam: Overnight game facts

4/18/2012

All three games in the Chicago-Phoenix series have been decided in overtime. It’s the fifth series in NHL history in which each of the first three games were decided in overtime. The other four were Boston-Toronto in 1933, the Montreal-Toronto Stanley Cup Final in 1951 in which all five games went to OT, Edmonton-Los Angeles in 1991 and Colorado-Minnesota in 2008.

The Panthers trailed 3–0 after only 6:16 had been played in Game 3 of their series against the Devils but Florida made a goaltending change and Scott Clemmensen blanked his former team the rest of the way while the Panthers rallied for a stunning 4–3 victory. It was only the second time in the last 25 playoff years that an NHL team won a playoff game in which it trailed by three goals in the first seven minutes. The Flames did that in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Sharks in 2008. San Jose scored three goals in the first 3:33 but Calgary came back to win, 4–3.

Defenseman Kevin Klein’s tiebreaking goal in the third period was the game-winner for Nashville in its 3–1 victory over the Red Wings that gave the Predators a 3-1 lead in their first-round series. Klein also scored a goal in Nashville’s 3–2 win in Game 3 on Sunday. This is the first time that Klein has scored goals in consecutive games -- regular season or playoffs -- in his seven years in the NHL. In fact, before this, the shortest span in which Klein scored two goals was eight games.