STANLEY CUP FINAL: GAME 1 NOTES

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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

Final.

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

drought.

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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17 Comments

  1. Imagine if we had half of rick nash? Not even full rick nash, mabe we would have more than 2 goals from him thus far?

  2. repost from a repost: like I said in the other post, rangers could have been up 4-0. After being up 2-0 they missed some open net chances that could have made it 4-0. The first half of the game it was mostly rangers but as the game went on the kings got better even though some of the penalties called against the rangers were borderline which help the kings and I thought the Kings got away with interference and I mean literally tackling a ranger player yet no penalty called. I’m use to it now and expect it. The refereeing in the nhl is terrible.

  3. Rick Nash has absolutely never ever scored more than 8 goals in a season, right

    there’s just no way the guy we’ve seen in this postseason could be anything more than a 4th-liner

  4. Robby Bonfire on

    The Third period looked like the Kings looked into the Rangers eyes and the Rangers blinked.

  5. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© on

    Jpg’s sister , I agree with you agreeing to my comments : )

    Orr , Nash Is concussed man . He may never be the same. Sather will decide after the playoffs , but him still seeing birdies is on the down low …shhhh ya can’t trade a injured guy for much.

  6. 4generations 4 cups on

    Nash sucks. Seriously. Dude has no balls. Tired of the sometimes playing, sometimes floating. We need a scorer, someone that will play every shift. 60 minutes.

  7. Za'rat (TheOtherGuysGreed) Jones on

    Leave Nash alone! He’s trying! Without him we would’ve never made this far. He’s so hot!

  8. Nash does not float. He does not play only sometimes. He is unable to finish scoring opportunities or facilitate his teammates ability to finish scoring opportunities.

  9. Nash has disappointed so far.. has not stepped up his game…. not good. I think we have had a large enough sample…. he is not carrying this team to the Cup.

    Stepan made some weak passes, clears and dump-ins tonight. Telegraphed his shots….. I don’t get it. He did make some good plays.

    Stralman had an awesome game, covering for Staal a few times.

    Hagelin? great game. He continues to improve and impress.

    Richards? buyout.

  10. Randy Butternubs on

    Oh boy, figures this crew is all over Nash again. Hey, maybe for a change of pace let’s take a look at Staal, who’s been flat out bad more games than not this playoffs, and was horrible tonight. If he didn’t have the wingspan of a pterodactyl he’d be a bad defenseman, because about everything he accomplishes is with his huge reach. He’s good on the boards and around the net but a huge liability in motion. I think he’s still spinning now three hours later.

    Also, Jeff Beukeboom had a better offensive game than Staal does, and I’m not even exaggerating. Watching him try to do things in the offensive zone is like watching a young child try to make themselves a bowl of cereal. It’s kind of funny and sad in its utter futility.

  11. I agree, Staal has been pretty bad.. I just ran out of gas. He Has been pretty bad for a while. Can’t clear the zone, bad first passes. -2 for this game.

    I am tired of ripping on Rangers. lets just win the next game.

  12. just watched the game. did not see live after the first 10 minutes. when I heard the 3rd period shots I was concerned they were totally dominated. That was not the way I saw the game. I thought thru 2 Rangers had better opptys.. Defered to many shots, nash needs to ge the puck on net etc.

    3rd period they were outplayed but kings had very few good opptys.

    ot goal was a train wreck. if the rangers play there style and do not try to hit with the kings and be more physical then they are capable of they should be fine. st Louis, Richards, nash multiple times and others had good opptys. first goal against was a stepan mistake..

    this team is not the guy lafleur canadiens not even close…

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