Stats & Info: NHL

Top stats to know: Kings win Stanley Cup

June, 14, 2014
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The Los Angeles Kings concluded another amazing postseason run to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons, beating the New York Rangers in double overtime on Friday night.

The Kings have won two Stanley Cups in their history, both on home ice. They’re the first team to win two Cups in a three-season span since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings.

They are the fourth team to win at least three Cup Final games in overtime in a season, the first since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens beat the Kings.

This was the third Stanley Cup win for a Southern California team, with all three coming in the past eight seasons (the other was by the 2007 Anaheim Ducks).

Justin Williams was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Award as Most Valuable Player in the playoffs. His seven points were the most for any player in the Cup final.

Jonathan Quick backstopped all 16 wins for the Kings, the second time in three postseasons that he has done that.

The game-winning goal
Alec Martinez scored the game-winning goal on a rebound in the second overtime.

Martinez became the first player in NHL history to score a game-winning overtime goal both in the game that put his team into the Stanley Cup final and in a Stanley Cup final game in the same postseason.

It’s the first time a Cup-winning goal was scored in overtime since 2010 (Patrick Kane for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Philadelphia Flyers) and the first to come at home since Bob Nystrom tallied for the New York Islanders against the Flyers in 1980.

Martinez has six career postseason goals. Four of them have been game winners.

The overachieving Kings
The Kings finished the regular season tied for the ninth-best record in the NHL. Two seasons ago, when they won the Cup, they finished with the 13th-best record in the league.

The Kings averaged 3.38 goals per game this postseason, the highest of any team. They averaged 2.4 goals per game during the regular season, which ranked 26th in the league.

The Kings led for just 69:34 of a possible 369:45 (19 percent) of the series and failed to hold a lead in regulation in three of the games, winning two of those in overtime. The Rangers led for 111:04 (30 percent) of the series.

A long journey comes to an end
This was the 93rd game of the postseason, the most played in any postseason in NHL history. The Kings played in 26 of them, tied for most all time with the 1987 Flyers and 2004 Calgary Flames.

Top stats to know: Rangers 2, Kings 1

June, 12, 2014
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Al Bello/Getty ImagesThe Rangers celebrate after Benoit Pouliot scores the first goal in Game 4.
The New York Rangers held on to their early 2-0 lead this time, sending the series back to California for a Game 5 against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist have become experts at staving off elimination this postseason, once again holding off a late surge (with a little help from the ice) to win 2-1.

Rangers don't bow to Kings

New York has won an NHL-record eight straight home playoff games when facing elimination. Its last home loss when facing elimination came in Game 6 of 2007 Eastern Conference semifinals to Sabres.

The Rangers also improved to 11-5 this postseason when scoring first and 11-1 when leading after two periods.

Lundqvist leads N.Y. back to L.A.

Lundqvist made 40 saves Wednesday night to help the Rangers force a Game 5.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 40 saves are the third most by a goalie in a Stanley Cup finals game when facing elimination in the last 40 years.

Since 2012, Lundqvist is 11-2 when facing elimination in the playoffs, allowing 1.3 goals per game with .959 save percentage.

Rangers jump out early again

New York improved its goal differential to +14 (26-12) this postseason in the first period.

However, during this series, the Kings have responded by scoring a goal in three minutes or fewer each time they were down 2-0 (Game 1 - 2:30 after, Game 2 - 3:00 after, Game 4 - 2:19 after).

The NHL season (and drought) continues

Thanks to the Rangers win, Game 5 will be the 93rd game of the 2014 NHL postseason, setting the record for most total games played in a single playoff year.

New York's win also marked another year without a sweep in the Stanley Cup Final. That makes 15 straight seasons without a Stanley Cup finals sweep, longest "sweep drought" in major pro sports.

Top stats to know: 2014 Stanley Cup finals

June, 4, 2014
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The 2014 Stanley Cup finals begins Wednesday when the Los Angeles Kings host the New York Rangers. The teams have met twice before in postseason play, with the Rangers winning the Preliminary Round series over the Kings in 1979 & 1981.

The Kings are in the Cup finals for the second time in three seasons, while the Rangers are making their first finals appearance since 1994.

Here are some of the top stats to know heading into this coast-to-coast series.

The matchup
This series is the first championship meeting between a team from New York City and a team from Los Angeles in the four major sports since 1981, when the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Yankees in six games in the 1981 World Series.

Both the Rangers and the Kings had long series in each of the first three rounds of the 2014 playoffs. The Kings played 21 games (all three series going seven games), while the Rangers played 20 (two seven-game series and a six-game series).

Since all four rounds of the playoffs became seven-game series in 1987, no Stanley Cup Champion had played more than 18 games in the first three rounds of the playoffs, a mark that the eventual winner of this series has already surpassed.


The Kings
The Kings are trying to become the third West Coast team in the post-expansion era to win the Stanley Cup. The Kings themselves won in 2012 over New Jersey, while the Anaheim Ducks won in 2007 over the Ottawa Senators.

Kings center Anze Kopitar currently leads the playoffs in assists (19) and points (24). In Kings history, only Wayne Gretzky has had more assists in a single postseason (25) and only Gretzky (40) and Tomas Sandstrom (25) have racked up more points.

On the defensive end, the Kings allowed the fewest goals during the 2013-14 regular season (174). Since the NHL first made the playoffs more conference-based for the 1993-94 season, the team that has allowed the fewest goals during the regular season has gone on to win the Stanley Cup only four times.

The Rangers
The Rangers are seeking their first Stanley Cup since 1994, when they beat Vancouver in the Final. The Rangers have won the Stanley Cup four previous times, trailing only the Red Wings(11), Bruins (6) & Blackhawks (5) in Cup wins among U.S.-based teams.

Veteran right wing Martin St. Louis is among three Rangers tied for the team lead in points (with Derek Stepan & Ryan McDonagh) this postseason with 13 in 20 games. During the regular season, St. Louis had just eight points in 19 games with the Rangers after being acquired in a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the trade deadline.

While there will be no shortage of offensive power, this series may come down to the netminders. Among the goaltenders on the rosters of the 16 teams to make the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, none has more career playoff shutouts than the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist (9). Just behind him on that list is the Kings’ Jonathan Quick (8).

A statistical look at a night of NHL Game 7s

April, 30, 2014
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The first round of the NHL Playoffs concludes Wednesday with a trio of Game 7s.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this will be the fifth time in NHL history that there will be at least three Game 7s played on the same day. The last time it happened was April 22, 2003.

Here is a look at some key stats to know for all three games.

New York Rangers at Philadelphia FlyersThis is the 2nd time the Flyers and Rangers have played a Game 7 against each other. In the 1974 Semifinals, the Flyers beat the Rangers, 4-3.

The Rangers are 5-0 at home in Game 7s, the best record of any team that has played at least 3 home games. However, the Flyers are 9-6 all-time in Game 7s, the best record of any team that has played at least 10 games overall.

The Flyers have won their last three game 7s, the last loss coming in the 2004 Conference Finals vs Lightning

Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche
With a win, Minnesota could become the only ACTIVE NHL, NBA or MLB franchise to go 3-0 all-time in Game 7s.

The Wild’s first win in a Game 7 was April 22, 2003 in Colorado.

Why is that notable? It was the final game in the Hall-of-Fame career of former Avalanche goaltender (and current coach) Patrick Roy. Andrew Brunette scored on Roy in OT that night to give Minnesota the victory.

Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks
These two teams are not unfamiliar with seeing each other in Game 7s. Last season, the Kings eliminated the Sharks in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.
The Kings are the ninth team to force a Game 7 after trailing 3-0. Only 3 NHL teams have won a series when trailing 3-0 (1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1975 New York Islanders, 2010 Flyers).

On the other end of the ice, this is the second time that the Sharks have been pushed to a Game 7 after taking a 3-0 series lead (2011 vs Red Wings ... SJ won Game 7).

Other Game 7 notes
• The team scoring the first goal in Game 7 has won 111 of the 149 games (74.5 pct).

• Game 7s have gone into OT 37 times, with the home team winning 19 of those and road team winning 18.

• Of the 37 OT games in Game 7, eight have been decided in double OT, one in triple OT and one in a 4-OT game.

• The oldest player to score a Game 7 goal? Bruins' Mark Recchi, who scored a goal in 2011 against the Canadiens at age 43.

Top stats to know: Quest for the cup

April, 16, 2014
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The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff begins Wednesday night. The Chicago Blackhawks are trying to be the first repeat Stanley Cup Champions since the Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back cups in 1997 & 1998.

Here are some of the top stats to know as the Quest for the Cup gets underway.

• The Blackhawks led the NHL in goals during the 2013-14 regular season with 267, but recent history suggests that the Stanley Cup won’t make its way back to Chicago. The team that has led the NHL in goals during the regular season has not won the Stanley Cup since the 1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins (led NHL with 343 goals that season).

Since the 2002-03 season, six defending Cup Champions have lost in the first Round (previously called Conference Quarterfinals) of the playoffs and a seventh missed the playoffs entirely (Carolina Hurricanes in 2006-07).

• The Penguins have eight players on their roster with at least 80 games of playoff experience. Only two Columbus Blue Jackets players have played more than 30 career postseason games (Nathan Horton with 43 & Brandon Dubinsky with 31).

The league’s leading scorer during the regular season was Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby with 104 points. Since the 1987-88 season, only three players have led the league in scoring and won a Stanley Cup in the same campaign, two of which played for Pittsburgh.

• The Boston Bruins won the 2013-14 Presidents’ Trophy, the second time that they have claimed that award (other time was in 1989-90).

Since the Presidents’ Trophy was first awarded in 1985-86, eight teams have won it and the Stanley Cup in the same season. However, the Blackhawks won both trophies last season.

On the flip side, six Presidents’ Trophy winners have been eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including the Vancouver Canucks last season.

• The Montreal Canadiens are the only Canadian-based franchise in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It is the first time since 1973 that just one Canadian team made the playoffs. That year, the Canadiens were that lone Canadian representative as well and went on to win the Stanley Cup.

In addition, it has been 21 years since a Canadian-based team last won the Stanley Cup (Montreal beating the Los Angeles Kings in the 1993 Cup Final). Since then, Canadian teams have reached and lost in the Cup Final five times, with four of those series going the full seven games.

Other notes

• The Red Wings are making their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance, the longest active streak of its kind in the four major professional sports.

• Three teams are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after long absences. The Dallas Stars are making their first appearance since 2008, the Columbus Blue Jackets are back for the first time since 2009, and the Colorado Avalanche are back in the postseason for the first time since 2010.

Impact players shipped at deadline

March, 6, 2014
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Adam Hunger/USA TODAY SportsMartin St. Louis should give the Rangers an offense a boost down the stretch.
Some big names were moved in the NHL this week – here are the key stats to know about some of the notables relocating:

St. Louis traded by Tampa Bay Lightning to New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan and draft picks
Arguably the biggest name to move was former-MVP and reigning Art Ross Trophy winner (most points) Martin St. Louis. The winger should immediately help a Rangers team that entered the day tied for 18th in the league in goals scored with 162.

St. Louis is eighth among active skaters in scoring with 973 points and is a goal shy of reaching 30 for the seventh time in his career.

Miller traded along with Steve Ott by Buffalo Sabres to St. Louis Blues for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier and two draft picks
Last Friday, the Blues picked up former Vezina winner Ryan Miller and center Steve Ott from the Sabres. Among goalies to play at least 150 games over the last 5 seasons, Miller’s .920 save percentage ranks fifth-best.

Gaborik traded by Columbus Blue Jackets to Los Angeles Kings for Matt Frattin and draft picks
The Kings hope Marian Gaborik can find the fountain of youth with a trip to Los Angeles. Gaborik has played in just 69 games over the last two seasons with 18 goals, but in his prime was a 40-goal/80-point threat.

Despite being one of the best teams in hockey this season, the Kings offense has left a lot to be desired – averaging just 2.4 goals per game.

Luongo traded along with Steven Anthony by Vancouver Canucks to Florida Panthers for Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias
Roberto Luongo
Luongo
Thursday the Canucks parted ways with Roberto Luongo – this coming just over eight months after they shipped Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils.

Luongo is Vancouver’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts and among goalies to play at least 100 games for the franchise, Luongo also has the best save percentage and goals-against average.

A total of 16 goalies were traded within this season including six on deadline day. Two of the goalies traded Wednesday – Devan Dubnyk and Halak – were traded for the second time this season.

USA-Canada is offense vs defense

February, 20, 2014
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Getty ImagesSidney Crosby (left) and Patrick Kane (right) will face off Friday in the Olympic semifinals
In the NHL-era of the Winter Olympics, Canada has gone 3-1-0 against the United States. The United States’ only win came in the 2010 preliminaries, which was later avenged by Canada in the gold medal game.

The two teams will meet in the Olympic semifinals for the first time ever Friday. The United States is hoping its high-scoring offense will lead it back into the gold medal game, while Canada will be relying on its defense.

USA crashing the net

The United States has scored a tournament-high 20 goals this Olympics, scoring at least five times in three of its four games played. The U.S. is on pace to top its previous goal scoring high in the NHL-era of the Olympics (26), set by the 2002 silver-medal winning team.

The U.S. has been focusing on getting to the net to score goals in the tournament. Fourteen of its 20 goals scored have been from shots taken directly in front of the net, most this Olympics.

That works out to 70 percent of its total goals scored. No other team in the semifinals has scored more than half of its goals from in front. Canada goaltender Carey Price has allowed only three goals this Olympics, one of which was from in front.

Canada winning with defense

The United States’ goal-scoring will be put to the test against Canada’s defense and goaltending. Canada has allowed the fewest goals (three) and shots (74) this Olympics.

Canada is allowing a mere 19 shots per game in the tournament. The U.S. has averaged 30 shots in its four games, with a low of 25 against the Czech Republic.

Not only has Canada’s defense been bringing offenses to a halt, it has been providing much of the offense as well.

Defensemen Drew Doughty (four goals) and Shea Weber (three goals) are among the top three scorers for Canada this Olympics. Six of their seven combined goals have come from the faceoff circles or further out.

Canada has relied on defensemen scoring due to a goal-shortage from its offensive stars. Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Corey Perry, Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, Rick Nash, Patrick Marleau and Martin St. Louis are among the names without a goal in Sochi. Canada also lost John Tavares, who is third in the NHL in points this season, to injury.

When Canada has scored, it has been to the stick side of the goaltender. Seven of Canada's 13 goals have been scored that way this Olympics, but U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick has allowed only one such goal.

What’s at stake?

If Canada wins, it will have an opportunity to win back-to-back gold medals for the first time since the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games.

If the United States wins, it will have the opportunity to take home the gold medal for the first time since the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” team. The U.S. has not medaled outside of North America since 1972 (silver).

Top stats to know: 2014 Winter Classic

December, 31, 2013
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Dave Sandford/NHL-Getty ImagesThese seats will be filled with hockey fans on Wednesday.
What are the top stats to know for today’s Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium? Here’s a quick snapshot.

1-- The NHL will stage its sixth New Year’s Day outdoor game (and eighth regular season outdoor game overall). The Detroit Red Wings are taking part in the Winter Classic for the second time (defeated the Blackhawks at Wrigley Field in 2009), while the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the event for the first time.

2— This is the second time Michigan Stadium has hosted an outdoor hockey game. In December of 2010, “The Big House” hosted a college game between Michigan and Michigan State that was played before a crowd of 104,173 and acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the largest crowd ever for a hockey game.

The current highest attendance for an NHL outdoor game is 71,217, set in the inaugural Winter Classic between the Penguins and Sabres in 2008.

3-- Weather could be a factor on Wednesday. The current puck-drop forecast for Ann Arbor (according to weather.com) is 18 degrees Fahrenheit with light snow and wind.

Of the seven previous outdoor regular season games in NHL history (five Winter Classics & two Heritage Classics), only two featured a temperature at puck drop of under 20 degrees. Both of those games were played in Canada.

4-- This season’s Winter Classic is the first in a series of outdoor games to be played in the NHL in 2013-14. The league will also hold five more outdoor games between January 25 and March 2.

5-- This event has not been a good one for the home team. Of the seven combined Winter and Heritage Classics, only two have been won by the hosts.

6-- Five players have scored multiple goals in a Winter/Heritage Classic, though there has yet to be a hat trick. Those who have done the tallying have tended to be role or mid-level players. Only one of those five—Richard Zednik—has scored as many as 30 goals in an NHL season.

7-- Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk will be playing in his third outdoor game (played in two Winter Classic for Flyers). He will join Ty Conklin as the only players to play in three NHL outdoor games (Conklin was a starting goalie in three outdoor games – the ’03 Heritage Classic for Edmonton, the ’08 Winter Classic for Pittsburgh & the ’09 Winter Classic for Detroit).

Martin Jones streaking to start NHL career

December, 23, 2013
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AP Photo/Chris CarlsonMartin Jones stops Anaheim Ducks center Mathieu Perreault's final shot of the game during a shootout on Dec. 3.
Last season it was the Anaheim DucksViktor Fasth that came out of nowhere to win the first eight decisions of his NHL career. This season, the other Southern California hockey team is getting a pleasant surprise from a backup goalie.

Los Angeles Kings’ goalie Martin Jones became the fourth goaltender to win the first eight decisions of his NHL career on Saturday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Jones has a chance to tie the league record of nine tonight at home against the Dallas Stars.

Who is Martin Jones?
Jones was born Jan. 10, 1990 in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent in October 2008.

On December 3, Jones won his debut in net for the Kings against the Ducks. Through his first six NHL starts, Jones has recorded three shutouts. He has allowed eight goals in his first eight NHL games.

Joining elite company
Jones is among several players in recent years to start his career off with a winning streak.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took over for Tommy Maddox as the starter in Week 3 of the 2004 season and proceeded to win 13 straight games in the regular season. He then won the first 2 games of the 2005 season before losing to the Patriots.

Former Nets head coach Lawrence Frank won an NBA record 13 straight games to start his career after taking over in New Jersey during the 2003-04 season.

Angels’ pitcher Jered Weaver won the first seven starts of his career in 2006. That's the most consecutive starts won to begin a career in over six decades.

A chance to extend streak
Jones and the Kings are back in action tonight against the Stars at 10:30 PM ET in Los Angeles.

The Kings are 1-0-0 against Dallas this season. Los Angeles is riding a three game win streak, while Dallas is 2-0-1 in their last three games.

Top things to know: 2013-14 NHL Season

October, 1, 2013
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Brian Babineau/NHLI/Getty ImagesChicago looks to be the 1st repeat Stanley Cup winner since Detroit in 1996-97 & 1997-98.
The 2013-14 NHL season begins tonight with three games, including the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks raising their Stanley Cup banner before taking on the Washington Capitals.

Before it starts, we take a look at six storylines as we head into the new season.

1. In addition to playing a full season after a lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, the NHL has a new divisional alignment this season.

The NHL attempted to group its teams better geographically, moving the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets into the Eastern Conference while shifting the Winnipeg Jets to the Western Conference. That gives the East (16 teams) more teams than the West (14 teams) for the time being.

The league also went from three divisions in each conference to just two (two eight-team divisions in the East and two seven-team divisions in the West).

2. The 2013-14 season also features a new playoff format, which is primarily division-based. The top three teams in each division will automatically qualify while the last two spots in each conference will then be “Wild Card” spots, going to the next two teams with the highest point totals regardless of division.

3. The NHL is increasing its outdoor presence this year. Six outdoor games are on the schedule, including the traditional New Year’s Day Winter Classic (Detroit hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium).

In addition, there will be two outdoor games at Yankee Stadium involving the Metro New York teams, and one outdoor game each in Los Angeles, Chicago and Vancouver.

4. There will be no All-Star Game for the second straight season as the NHL instead goes on hiatus from February 9-25 as its players will take part in the men’s hockey competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

5. Notable rule changes for 2013-14 include that a player cannot remove his helmet to take part in a fight (though the preseason saw players remove each other’s helmets in fights on a number of occasions) and new rules to restrict and reduce the size of goaltenders’ leg pads.

6. As they switch conferences from the West to the East, the Red Wings will try to extend their streak of 22 consecutive postseason appearances, the longest active streak of its kind in the four major professional sports (the next-longest active streak is 16 by the San Antonio Spurs).

Detroit moves into an Atlantic Division that features four playoff teams from a year ago – Boston, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

Impact of the Gretzky trade, 25 years later

August, 9, 2013
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US PresswireGretzky's trade from the Oilers to the Kings has made a lasting impact on the NHL.
On August 9, 1988, Wayne Gretzky, the NHL’s preeminent player and the eventual all-time league scoring leader, was traded (along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski) from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, three 1st-round draft picks and a reported $15 million (U.S.).

How did the Gretzky trade impact the NHL and hockey, particularly in the United States?

Not only did it help raise the NHL’s profile in “nontraditional” markets -- namely in the Sun Belt states (Southern and Southwestern U.S.) -- but it also helped increase youth hockey participation.

Since the trade, the NHL has added nine teams, increasing its footprint in the Sun Belt through expansion and relocation (six were expansion franchises; three relocated to warm-weather locales).

Franchise values have also greatly increased despite three labor stoppages (including a notorious one that cancelled the entire 2004-05 season).

In 1993, Gretzky helped lead the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Montreal Canadiens. That remains the last Cup won by a Canadian-based team. In that same timeframe, five Sun Belt-based teams – the Kings (2012), Anaheim Ducks (2007), Carolina Hurricanes (2006), Tampa Bay Lightning (2004) and Dallas Stars (1999) -- have hoisted the Cup.

Only the Kings were in the league at the time of the Gretzky trade.

Growing the game in new markets
The Gretzky trade did not just increase hockey’s presence around the United States at the NHL level, but increased it on the youth level as well.

In 1990, USA Hockey had just over 195,000 registered members. By 2010, that number had increased to nearly 475,000 members. States that saw major increases included warm weather states such as Arizona, California, Texas, Florida and North Carolina.

In 2013, the U.S. hockey team won the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship with a team that featured players from 13 different states, including Texas, Florida and California.

By comparison, the 1988 U.S. hockey team that took part in the Calgary Winter Olympics featured players from nine states, but only one from a warm-weather climate (backup goalie John Blue, from California).

More Americans going higher in the draft
The greater participation numbers in the U.S. since the trade has led to more American players being selected in the early rounds of the NHL Draft.

According to USA Hockey, from 1968 to 1988 (the 1988 draft took place two months before the trade), only one draft saw 10 or more American players selected in the first two rounds (13 in 1986).

Since 1989, 13 NHL Drafts have seen 10 or more American players selected in rounds one and two, including each of the past dozen.

'Hawks quick turnaround clinches 5th Cup

June, 25, 2013
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Elsa/Getty ImagesDave Bolland scored the game-winning goal to help the Chicago Blackhawks win their fifth Stanley Cup in team history.
For the second time in four seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions.

The win was not short on drama: Bryan Bickell tied the game with 1:16 remaining and Dave Bolland scored the game-winner 17 seconds later.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that turnaround shattered the previous record for shortest span between game-tying and Cup-clinching goals in Stanley Cup history.

Of the four quickest such spans, the Bruins have one of them and have been on the receiving end twice.

Bolland’s goal was the latest Cup-clinching goal in regulation in NHL history, almost a full minute later than the previous mark, held by Bill Carson of the 1929 Boston Bruins.

Jonathan Toews scored Chicago's first goal and assisted on the game-tying goal by Bickell. It was Toews' second straight multi-point game.

The move to pair Toews and Patrick Kane on the same line before Game 4 seemed to pay off.

Of the Blackhawks' 12 goals over the final three games, Toews and Kane were on the ice together for eight of them (they were not on the ice together for any of the Blackhawks' five goals in the first three games of the series).

Kane didn't log a point in the deciding game, but was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner. He's the third straight American-born player to win the award, and fourth overall, joining Brian Leetch in 1994, Tim Thomas in 2011 and Jonathan Quick last season.

The Blackhawks are the eighth team to win the Presidents' Trophy and the Stanley Cup in the same season, and is the first to do so since the Red Wings won both in 2008.

The Stanley Cup has now been won on the road in five of the last six seasons. Only the 2012 Kings won the cup-clincher at home in that stretch.

Home ice was supposed to be an advantage for the goalie with the third-longest home shutout streak in a single NHL postseason.

But Boston’s Tuukka Rask struggled in his final two home playoff games after a dominating stretch that began in the Conference Semifinals.

Over a six-game home stretch from Game 1 against the Rangers to Game 3 against the Blackhawks, Rask allowed six goals and saved 97 percent of shots faced.

But in his final two home playoff games, Rask allowed nine goals and had a .885 save percentage.

The Bruins are just the third team in the past 25 seasons to lose the Final in six games after leading 2-1, joining the 1989 Montreal Canadiens and the 1991 Minnesota North Stars.

Six facts on Stanley Cup Game 1 classic

June, 13, 2013
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AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhAndrew Shaw's goal in the third OT gave the Chicago Blackhawks a Game 1 win over the Boston Bruins.
Wednesday night’s opening game of the Stanley Cup finals, a 4-3 victory for the Chicago Blackhawks over the Boston Bruins, was a three-overtime instant classic.

Here are six notes off the game, one for every period that was played:

1.) Going the Distance
Andrew Shaw's game-winner for Chicago came 12:08 into the third overtime, ending 52 minutes, eight seconds of overtime after the traditional 60 minutes in regulation, making it the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup finals history.

It was just the eighth triple-overtime game in final history, but the first won by the home team.

2.) Blackhawks Shine in Multi-OT
There have been 18 games to go into multiple overtimes in Stanley Cup finals history, and the Blackhawks have won six of those. No other team has won more than two.

This is the second time the Bruins have been involved in a multi-overtime finals game. Their record dropped to 0-2 in those games.

3.) History Not on Boston’s Side
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Bruins are the third team in history to lose Game 1 of a Cup finals despite holding a two-goal lead in the third period.

The others were the 1956 Detroit Red Wings and 2006 Edmonton Oilers. Both of those teams went on to lose the series.

4.) Glove Save ... And a Beauty!
The Bruins shot 14 times to Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford's glove side in regulation, and scored three times, all to the high side.

However, in overtime, Boston took 16 additional shots to the glove side (out of 29 total shots), but Crawford made the save on all 16.

5.) Losing Horton Slows Lucic
Milan Lucic
Lucic

After scoring Boston’s first two goals for his first multi-goal game this season, regular season or playoffs, Milan Lucic didn’t even attempt a shot in the three overtime periods.

Lucic’s linemate, Nathan Horton, left the game in the first overtime period, breaking up Boston’s most productive line.

The line of Lucic, Horton and David Krejci was on ice for all three Bruins goals -- and 20 of the team’s goals in the first three rounds, most of any Bruins linemates.

6.) Chicago a Sure Thing?
This is the third time since 1927 that Game 1 of the Cup finals went into multiple overtimes, but the second time for each of these teams. In 1934, the Blackhawks beat the Red Wings, and in 1990, the Oilers beat the Bruins.

In both of those previous series, the team that won Game 1 went on to win the Cup.

Top things to know: Stanley Cup finals

June, 12, 2013
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Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals will take place Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the top things to know about the series:

• For the first time since 1979, two of the Original Six teams will meet in the Stanley Cup finals.

• The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins will meet in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time.

• The Blackhawks won the 2012-13 Presidents’ Trophy. Since the Presidents’ Trophy was first awarded in 1985-86, only seven teams have won it and the Stanley Cup in the same season. The Blackhawks are trying to become the first Presidents’ Trophy winner to claim the Stanley Cup in the same season since the 2007-08 Detroit Red Wings.

• Since the Bruins tied Game 7 of their conference quarterfinal series against the Maple Leafs with 51 seconds to go in the third period, they’ve trailed for just 35:07 of the 604:58 they’ve played (5.8 percent). They haven’t trailed by more than one goal during that stretch.

• Both teams are coming in hot. The Blackhawks are 7-1 in their past eight games since trailing 3-1 to the Red Wings in the conference semifinals. The Bruins are 9-1 in their past 10 playoff games (won past five).

• The Bruins have won five of their six all-time postseason meetings against the Blackhawks. It’s been 35 years since these two franchises have met in the postseason. The last series between them was the 1978 quarterfinals, when the Bruins swept the Blackhawks 4-0.

• This will be the first time since 2008 (Red Wings versus Penguins) that the Stanley Cup finalists will be meeting for the first time that season.

Bruins' comeback epic in many respects

May, 14, 2013
5/14/13
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Steve Babineau/Getty ImagesThe Bruins had many reasons to celebrate late Monday night.
How amazing was that Boston Bruins come-from-behind Game 7 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night?

The Elias Sports Bureau provided us with this perspective:

The Bruins are the first team in NHL history to win a Game 7 after trailing by three goals in the third period.

Patrice Bergeron is the first player to score the tying goal with less than a minute in regulation and the game-winning goal either in regulation or overtime in Game 7 of a playoff series.

Also of note:

• This was the Bruins fourth overtime win in a Game 7, tied with the Detroit Red Wings for the most all-time..

• The Bruins are the only team this season to score two goals in a game with an extra attacker on the ice in place of a pulled goalie. They did so in the regular season (coincidentally against their next opponent, the New York Rangers) and in this Game 7.

• This was Bergeron’s second career overtime playoff goal. He also scored one in the 2003-04 postseason. It also was only his second multi-goal game of the season (he had one March 14 against the Florida Panthers).

• Bergeron recorded a point on the Bruins' last three goals in Game 7. He was on ice for only three of the Bruins' first 19 goals in the series, recording one point.

• The Bruins scored six goals in that round on shots from the point against Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, including the game-tying goal in the third period. Reimer’s six goals allowed from the point were twice as many as any goaltender this postseason.

• Tuukka Rask earned only his second win in nine postseason games in which his team had a chance to eliminate an opponent.

• The Bruins know how rough it can be to blow a 3-0 lead in a Game 7. They blew both a 3-0 lead in games and in score in Game 7 of their playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010.

Lastly, for just how rare a comeback this was, we go back to Elias:

The last time a team won a postseason game when trailing by three or more goals with 11 minutes or fewer left in the third period was April 18, 2001, when the Los Angeles Kings rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Red Wings, 4-3 in overtime.

And the last time a team won a postseason game when trailing by two or more goals with two or fewer minutes left in the third period was April 18, 1993, when the Quebec Nordiques rallied from 2-0 down with 89 seconds remaining to beat the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2 in overtime.

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