Tag: Stanley Cup Playoffs

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Steve Bernier #18 of the New Jersey Devils checks Alec Martinez #27 of the Los Angeles Kings in Game Four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Fact File: Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals

The New Jersey Devils didn’t hold the lead for a single moment in the first three games of the Stanley Cup finals, a trend continued until 7:56 of the third period when the Devils scored the first goal of the game.

That lead lasted a whopping 62 seconds, but the Devils proved resilient by earning a 3-1 victory to force a Game 5.

Here are some interesting facts to chew on:

— This has truly been the year of the road team. The visitors now have a 47-37 record in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the most road wins ever recorded in a single year of playoff hockey. The old record of 46 wins was set back in 1987.

— The New Jersey Devils are still looking for their first power-play goal of the Stanley Cup finals. They’re now 0-for-15 with the man advantage.

— With his empty-netter, Ilya Kovalchuk is now tied with Anze Kopitar, Claude Giroux, and Danny Briere for the league lead in playoff goals (eight).

— If the Los Angeles Kings win Game 5, they’ll set a record for the most road victories in a single playoff run. Their current total of 10 has them in a tie with the 2004 Calgary Flames, 2000 New Jersey Devils, and 1995 Devils.

— The last team to win the Stanley Cup at home was the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks.

— The Devils are just the sixth team to win Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals after dropping the first three games.

PHT Morning Skate: Coyotes, Kings have yet to trail in a 2012 playoff series

Walter Gretzky

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Kings and Coyotes are two very similar teams, but Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown thinks they have an edge in aggression. (Los Angeles Times)

Wayne Gretzky has links to both the Kings and Coyotes. (Denver Post)

Here’s another thing the Kings and Coyotes have in common: Neither has trailed in a playoff series this year. That’ll change on Sunday. (Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette)

A breakdown of the upcoming Eastern Conference Finals. (The Bergen Record)

The NHL.com writers and editors share their current picks for the Conn Smythe Trophy at the midway point of the playoffs. (NHL.com)

Not all the Devils players are attempting to grow a playoff beard. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has sold the OHL Mississauga St. Michael’s Major. (Ottawa Citizen)

David Clarkson is a big X-factor going into the Eastern Conference Finals. (NHL.com)

Has John Tortorella hurt his image in this Stanley Cup playoffs run to the point where he no longer has a decent shot of coaching the US Olympic team in 2014? (Calgary Sun)

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: PHT’s Round 2 picks — in five words

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 24: Scottie Upshall #19 of the Florida Panthers warms up against the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on April 24, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

We were hesitant to use the “five words” gimmick again after what transpired in Round 1 — everybody but Dadoun stunk out the joint — but decided to press on because hey, coming up with new ideas is hard.

So the same rules apply for Round 2.

We. Only. Used. Five. Words.

Western Conference

No. 2 St. Louis vs. No. 8 Los Angeles

Ryan Dadoun (Blues in 5): Blues’ goalies will outshine Quick.

James O’Brien (Kings in 6): Kings’ top talent mutes Blues.

Joe Yerdon (Blues in 6): No one scores, Blues win.

Jason Brough (Blues in 7): Not picking against Blues again.

Mike Halford (Kings in 6): Kings reminiscent of ’04 Flames.

No. 3 Phoenix vs. No. 4 Nashville

Dadoun (Preds in 6): Late acquisitions are propelling Predators.

O’Brien (Preds in 6): Pekka Rinne ain’t Corey Crawford.

Yerdon (Preds in 6): Preds are ‘Yotes, but better.

Brough (Preds in 6): ‘Yotes happy to be there.

Halford (Preds in 5): Trotz finally makes conference finals.

Eastern Conference

No. 1 New York Rangers vs. No. 7 Washington Capitals

Dadoun (Rangers in 7): Holtby can’t carry Capitals forever.

O’Brien (Rangers in 6): Holtby can’t do it alone.

Yerdon (Rangers in 7): Honestly, flip a coin here.

Brough (Rangers in 7): Sens scare good for Blueshirts.

Halford (Capitals in 7): Bouncing Bruins gave Caps swagger.

No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 6 New Jersey Devils

Dadoun (Flyers in 6): Flyers: My new Cup favorite.

O’Brien (Flyers in 5): Philly makes Marty look old.

Yerdon (Flyers in 5): Your difference maker? Ilya Bryzgalov.

Brough (Flyers in 6): Beating Pens? Impressive. Florida? Less.

Halford (Flyers in 6): Flyers have Giroux. Devils don’t.

Round 1 results:

Dadoun 6-for-8
O’Brien 3-for-8
Yerdon 4-for-8
Brough 3-for-8
Halford 3-for-8

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