In 2010-11, the Boston Bruins led the NHL in 5-on-5 scoring, with a ratio of 1.4. Which meant for every 1.4 goals they scored, they only allowed one against. The Bruins would go on to win their first Stanley Cup since 1972, despite a power play that struggled all season and throughout the playoffs. Boston’s 5-on-5 scoring ratio in the playoffs that year was a whopping 1.82.
As such, B’s fans will no doubt be happy to hear that their team is once again leading the league in 5-on-5 scoring ratio, with a mark of 1.59.
Here’s how all 30 teams in the league rank:
1. BOSTON 1.59
2. ANAHEIM 1.42
3. CHICAGO 1.39
4. ST LOUIS 1.38
5. LOS ANGELES 1.25
6. SAN JOSE 1.21
7. TAMPA BAY 1.18
8. MINNESOTA 1.11
9. COLORADO 1.10
10. PITTSBURGH 1.07
11. COLUMBUS 1.06
12. PHOENIX 1.03
13. NY RANGERS 1.02
14. DETROIT 1.00
15. PHILADELPHIA 0.98
16. DALLAS 0.97
17. TORONTO 0.94
18. VANCOUVER 0.94
19. WINNIPEG 0.94
20. OTTAWA 0.94
21. MONTREAL 0.90
22. WASHINGTON 0.88
23. FLORIDA 0.88
24. CAROLINA 0.88
25. NEW JERSEY 0.88
26. NY ISLANDERS 0.83
27. CALGARY 0.79
28. NASHVILLE 0.78
29. EDMONTON 0.72
30. BUFFALO 0.61
For the most part, this list comes fairly close to mirroring the Corsi* 5-on-5 list, with a few exceptions. For example, Colorado, which ranks a respectable ninth in the scoring list above but only 26th in Corsi. The difference? The Avs score on a higher percentage of their shots than most teams, and they’ve gotten great goaltending. Conversely, there’s a team like New Jersey, which ranks 25th above, but third in Corsi. The difference? You guessed it — the Devils’ low shooting and save percentages when 5-on-5.
*Corsi definition, via Extra Skater: Corsi is the number of shot attempts by a team or player. It’s used as a proxy for puck possession.
Everything was going great for the Avs in their season-opener against Minnesota on Thursday night.
Great until the third period, anyway.
In a stunning and dramatic comeback, the Wild erased a 4-1 deficit in just over five minutes — 5:07 to be exact — scoring four times to steal a 5-4 win at the Pepsi Center.
The comeback started early in the final frame, when Wild captain Zach Parise scored his second of the night at the 5:07 mark. Just over two minutes later, Nino Niederreiter snapped one past Semyon Varlamov to make it 4-3 and then, two minutes after that, Thomas Vanek scored to make it 4-4.
But the Wild weren’t done there.
Parise completed his hat-trick — the third of his career — with a power play marker at the 10:14 mark, an unassisted tally. When the dust finally settled on the 5:07 flurry, the Wild had combined to rack up nine points from eight different skaters.
Prior to the comeback, Colorado dominated proceedings with a goalscoring flurry of its own.
The Avs scored three times in the final seven minutes of the first period — including a pair of power play goals from Jarome Iginla and Erik Johnson — to race out to a (seemingly) commanding 3-0 lead.
Well, the NHL’s two new initiatives for ’15-16 seem to be going swimmingly.
Not long after Ottawa successfully made the second-ever coach’s challenge, fans got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime.
And what a look it was.
In the span of 137 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers combined for eight shots on goal, a few breakaways, some tremendous saves — including one on a penalty shot — and, finally, Jason Garrison‘s game-winning goal on a breakaway from center, giving the Bolts a 3-2 win.
It was, in a word, fun.
Lots of fun.
A quick sampling of reviews:
Of course, not everybody was a fan:
Now, to temper things a bit — this was the first time we’ve seen 3-on-3 with something on the line, so there was a novelty factor at play. There’s also no guaranteeing future OT sessions will be as exciting as this.
But none of that takes away from the fact 3-on-3 made for appointment viewing, and immense entertainment value. The prospect of future games like this? That’s pretty exciting.