Courtesy of the NHL:
2014 STANLEY CUP FINAL POST-GAME NOTES – GAME 1
NEW YORK RANGERS 2 at LOS ANGELES KINGS 3 (OT) – JUNE 4, 2014
RESILIENT KINGS RECORD COMEBACK WIN ON WILLIAMS’ OT GOAL
Kings forward Justin Williams scored the first playoff overtime goal of his NHL career to give
the Kings a 3-2 win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. He now has 1-3—4 in 30 career
postseason overtime games.
Williams, who also earned an assist on Drew Doughty’s second-period goal, posted his second
consecutive and sixth overall multi-point game of the postseason. He recorded 1-1—2, including
the primary assist on Alec Martinez’s overtime winner, in Game 7 of the Western Conference
With 8-12—20 in 22 games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Williams has set career highs for
goals, assists and points in a single playoff year. He recorded 7-11—18 for the Carolina
Hurricanes in their Stanley Cup-winning 2006 campaign.
KINGS STAGE LATEST MULTI-GOAL RALLY IN STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
The Kings came back from a two-goal deficit to take Game 1. It marked the 14th multi-goal
comeback victory of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, setting a single-year postseason record.
This marks the second consecutive year a team has rallied from a two-goal deficit to win
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. In 2013, the Blackhawks overcame a 2-0 hole en route to a
3-2 victory against the Bruins (3OT). Prior to that, the last time a team rallied from a two-goal
deficit in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was in 2006, when the Hurricanes overcame a 3-0
hole to defeat the Oilers 5-4; Justin Williams also posted 1-1—2 in that contest (with CAR).
The Kings recorded their fourth multi-goal comeback victory in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time any team posted as many such wins in one
playoff year was in 1987, when the Flyers earned five such victories.
LUNDQVIST FACES KINGS’ LATE-GAME BARRAGE
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 40 of 43 shots, marking his second 40+
save performance in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and the fifth of his career.
The Kings recorded their second-highest shot total of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (44 shots
in double-overtime in Game 5 versus Chicago). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Kings’
20-3 shot advantage (plus-17) in the third period was the largest differential in any Stanley Cup
Final period since NHL expansion in 1967-68. The Kings held the Rangers without a shot for the
first 11:43 of the third period, holding a 14-0 advantage in shots in that span. The last team to
register 20 or more shots on goal in one period of a Stanley Cup Final game: the 1998 Red
Wings, who posted 20 shots in the third period of Game 2 against Washington.
MORE OVERTIME EXCITEMENT
- This marks the fifth consecutive year the Stanley Cup Final has featured at least one overtime
game. It’s also the third straight year Game 1 has gone to overtime – the winner of the past two
such games has gone on to claim the Stanley Cup.
- This marks just the seventh win by a home team in the last 27 overtime games in the Stanley
Cup Final (dating to 1990).
- There now have been 24 total overtime games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (out of 89
contests, 27.0%). Home teams recorded their 10th victory in those games (10-14, .417).
- Fourteen of the 15 series in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs now have featured at least one
overtime game. Last year, each of the 15 total series had at least one overtime game, the first
time that has happened since all four rounds went to the best-of-seven format in 1987.
- The Kings recorded their first postseason overtime victory at home since May 6, 2001 vs. COL
(a 2OT win in Game 6 of CSF).
- The Kings improved to 3-2 in overtime games this postseason. The Rangers fell to 2-2.
DOUGHTY SETS KINGS’ PLAYOFF SCORING RECORD FOR DEFENSEMEN
Drew Doughty’s highlight-reel goal in the second period increased his postseason scoring total to
5-12—17 in 22 games, setting a Kings record for points by a defenseman in one playoff year.
Doughty broke his own record set during the Kings’ Stanley Cup run in 2012 (4-12—16 in 20 GP).
CARTER CONTINUES RECENT SCORING BURST
Jeff Carter recorded an assist on Kyle Clifford’s goal to cut the Kings’ deficit to 2-1 late in the
first period. Carter has registered at least one point in eight of his past nine games (6-8—14) and
ranks second in the NHL in playoff scoring with a career-high 9-14—23 in 22 games. He is one
point behind League leader and teammate Anze Kopitar (5-19—24).
HAGELIN TALLIES SECOND SHORTHANDED GOAL OF 2014 PLAYOFFS
Rangers forward Carl Hagelin scored his second career postseason shorthanded goal (50 GP),
with the other coming in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final versus Montreal. He has three
shorthanded goals in 184 career regular-season games.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Hagelin is just the fifth player in Rangers history to score
at least two shorthanded goals in one postseason. Cecil Dillon set the franchise record with
three such goals in the 1933 playoffs while Mac Colville (1940), Bob Brooke (1986) and Mark
Messier (1992) have all scored two.
Before Hagelin, the last Rangers player to score a shorthanded goal in the Stanley Cup Final
was Glenn Anderson in New York’s 3-1 win over Vancouver in Game 2 on June 2, 1994.
TEAMS WINNING GAME 1 OF THE STANLEY CUP FINAL
Teams winning Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final have gone on to win the championship in 57 of
74 seasons (77%) since the League introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939.
POULIOT, CLIFFORD GIVE RESPECTIVE CLUBS OFFENSIVE BOOST
Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot opened the scoring, tallying his fourth goal of the 2014 Stanley
Cup Playoffs. He had one goal in 29 career postseason games prior to this season.
Kings forward Kyle Clifford posted 1-1—2 for his second multi-point game in his last nine
contests (0-2—2 in Game 7 of the Kings’ Second Round series). Clifford scored his fourth
career playoff goal and first since April 23, 2011 at San Jose, snapping a 37-game postseason
STARS COME OUT FOR THE STANLEY CUP FINAL
Special guests in attendance at tonight’s game: Will Ferrell, Kate Bosworth, Jon Hamm, Ellen
Page, Jim Carrey, Matthew Perry, Eric Stonestreet, Steve Carell, David Boreanaz, Kevin
Connolly, Larry David, Catherine Keener, George Stroumboulopoulos, Spike Jonze, Red
Hot Chili Peppers Flea & Chad Smith, Al Michaels, Stephen Amell, Michael Rosenbaum,
John Ondrasik, Colin Hanks and Isaiah Mustafa, among others.
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