All 4 Stanley Cup playoff games were decided by a goal on Wednesday with 3 of them going to overtime. The Bruins, Kings, and Ducks each won in extra time to move 1 win shy of advancing to the conference semifinals. It was the 4th time since 2000 that 3 playoff games were decided by overtime on the same day (3 coming in the last 2 postseasons).
WednesdayBruins, Kings, Dukcs
April 14, 2012Capitals, Senators, Blackhawks
April 12, 2012Bruins, Sharks, Coyotes
April 18, 2001Hurricanes, Capitals, Kings
Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT) (Bruins lead series 3-1)
* David Krejci (BOS): 25th career playoff goal, 2nd in overtime
* David Krejci (BOS): 2nd career playoff hat trick
* Bruins: won 15 of last 17 playoff games vs Maple Leafs
* Maple Leafs: lost 9 straight home playoff games vs Bruins (last win was 1959)
* Maple Leafs: lost 10 of last 13 overtime playoff games
FROM ELIAS: David Krejci completed the second playoff hat trick of his NHL career with a goal 13:06 into overtime that made the Bruins 4–3 winners in Game 4 of their series against the Maple Leafs. Krejci, whose other playoff hat trick was in the 2011 Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay, is the second player in Bruins history to score three or more goals in a playoff game, including an overtime goal. The other Boston player with a playoff hat trick that included an OT goal was Jean Ratelle in Game 4 of the Bruins’ Semi-Final series against the Canadiens in 1979.
FROM ELIAS: Zdeno Chara assisted on all four of the Bruins’ goals in their overtime victory at Toronto. Chara is the first defenseman in Bruins history to record as many as four assists in a playoff game and he’s the first Boston player at any position to do that since 1991, when Vladimir Ruzicka registered one goal and four assists in a 5–4 Bruins overtime win in Game 2 of the Wales Conference Final against the Penguins.
Hat Trick and GW OT Goal in Same Game - Last 4 Postseasons
2013 David Krejci BOS Conf Qtrs Maple Leafs
2011 Devin Setoguchi SJ Conf Semis Red Wings
2010 Nicklas Backstrom WSH Conf Qtrs Canadiens
Kings 3, Blues 2 (OT) (Kings lead series 3-2)
* Kings: Won last 3 games after falling behind 2-0 in series
* Kings: Won 11 of last 13 games vs Blues (including playoffs)
* Slava Voynov (LA): game-winning goal in OT, 2nd game-winning goal this postseason
* Jeff Carter (LA): 2 goals; 6th multi-goal game in playoff career, 1st this postseason
* Alex Pietrangelo (STL): game-tying goal with 45 seconds left in 3rd period; 1st career playoff goal
* Blues: 1st loss in last 9 home games (including playoffs)
FROM ELIAS: Defenseman Slava Voynov scored eight minutes into overtime to earn the Kings a 3–2 win in Game 5 of their series against the Blues. Voynov, who scored the goal in L.A.’s 1–0 victory in Game 3, is the first defenseman in Kings history to record two game-winning goals in one playoff series. The last defenseman on another NHL team with two game-winners in one series was the Rangers’ Dan Girardi in last year’s Eastern Conference Final against the Devils.
Ducks 3, Red Wings 2 (OT) (Ducks lead series 3-2)
* Nick Bonino (ANA): game-winning goal in OT, 3rd goal of series, 1st career OT playoff goal
* Ryan Getzlaf (ANA): 3rd goal of series, all coming in last 4 games
* Ducks: 1-3 on power play, scored a power play goal in 18 of last 19 playoff games
* Red Wings: Lost 13 of last 16 road playoff games
Rangers 4, Capitals 3 (Series tied 2-2)
* Home team has won every game in series
* Carl Hagelin (Hag-Eh-Lihn) (NYR): Goal, 2 assists; 2nd multi-point playoff game of his career, 1st this postseason
* Henrik Lundqvist (NYR): 27 saves, allowed 3 or more goals in each of last 4 home playoff games
* Rangers: 4 goals in each of last 2 games, most goals in consecutive playoff games since 2008 postseason
* Rangers: 1-4 on power play; scored power play goals in consecutive playoff games for 1st time since Games 2 and 3 of 2012 ECF
* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): 0 points in last 2 games; 2nd time in postseason career with no points over 2-game span (other was in 2012)
FROM ELIAS: Derek Stepan scored the game-winning goal in the Rangers’ 4–3 win in Game 3 of their series against the Capitals and he did the same in New York’s 4–3 victory in Game 4. Stepan is the first Rangers player to be credited with the winning goal in each of two consecutive team games in one playoff year since 1997, when Adam Graves did that in Games 4 and 5 of the Blueshirts’ second-round series against the Devils. The second of Graves’ back-to-back game-winning goals came in overtime and wrapped up a five-game series victory for the Rangers.