Because we had brought it up last night, and because John Dellapina, late of the NY Daily News and currently of the National Hockey League and a Rangers Report reader, used to laugh at me for keeping such stats myself, he just dropped me some stats on Game 2:
According to the Elias Sports Bureau:
*In NHL best-of-seven series, the winner of Game 2 has gone 381-150 — winning 71.8 percent of the series. Game 1 winners have gone 367-164 — a 69.1 percent winning percentage.
*Teams that have won both games to go up, 2-0, have gone 254-37 — 87.2 percent.
*Game 2 winners who lost Game 1 have gone 127-113 (52.9 percent). In contrast — and fairly obviously — teams that have won Game 1 but lost Game 2 have gone 113-127 (47.1 percent).
Sounds like we might be getting a guest visitor in the next day or two. I’ll let you know.
Don’t forget to scroll down for the latest Playoff Beard slideshows. I’m getting pretty grubby looking myself, and I think I got some curious looks while working at the Stadium today.
EVENING UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: In case you missed this.
DISCIPLINARY ACTION ASSESSED TO PHILADELPHIA FLYERS:
COACH STEVENS FINED $10,000; CARCILLO SUSPENDED ONE GAME
TORONTO (April 16, 2009) – Philadelphia Flyers’ forward Daniel Carcillo has been suspended for one game and Flyers’ coach John Stevens has been fined $10,000 for an incident late in Game One of the team’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
With seven seconds remaining in the third period and the Penguins leading 4-1, Carcillo delivered a blow to the head of Maxime Talbot directly off a face-off. Talbot did not sustain an injury and no penalty was assessed on the play.
“We held a conference call Monday with the General Managers and Coaches of playoff teams and told them explicitly we would not tolerate attempts by clubs to ‘send a message’ late in a game when the outcome had been determined,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell “Organizations—players and coaches—will be held accountable for such actions.”
Carcillo’s suspension will be served on Friday night when the Flyers meet the Penguins in Game Two of the series.