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Morning jam: Vokoun likes the Islanders

The Penguins switched goalies after their Game 4 loss and started Tomas Vokoun in Game 5. He responded by stopping all 31 shots in a 4-0 win over the Islanders. FROM ELIAS: the Penguins are the 1st team since 1979 Islanders to get a shutout from 2 different goalies in same playoff series. For Vokoun, it was his 2nd playoff shutout but his 1st since 2004.

Elsewhere, the Senators and Blackhawks cruised to the conference semifinals. The Senators won their 1st playoff series since 2007, beating the Canadiens 6-1 for the 2nd time this series. FROM ELIAS: The pair of 6–1 wins by the Senators made this only the second playoff series in the Canadiens’ 95-year history in the NHL in which they lost two games by margins of five goals or more. The Blackhawks beat the Wild 5-1 and won their 1st playoff series since winning the Stanley Cup in 2010.

Penguins 4, Islanders 0 (Penguins lead series 3-2)

* Penguins' 2nd shutout of series (Marc-Andre Fleury blanked Isles in Game 1)

* Tomas Vokoun (PIT): 31 saves ... 18-7-1 vs NYI in career and 4-0-0 this season (including playoffs)

* Penguins: 1st team since 1979 Islanders to get a shutout from 2 different goalies in same playoff series (ELIAS)

* Sidney Crosby (PIT): G, A .. 8 pts (3G, 5A) in 4 games since return

* Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla, Pascal Dupuis (PIT): each has at least 1 point in all 5 games of series

FROM ELIAS: It was the second playoff shutout of Vokoun’s NHL career and first in nine years and 26 days, since a 41-save 3–0 victory for the Predators over the Red Wings in Nashville on April 13, 2004. That’s the third-longest gap between playoff shutouts by a goaltender in NHL history. The two longer gaps were by “Sugar Jim” Henry, who recorded shutouts 10 years and 10 days apart (1942–1952), and Brian Boucher, at 10 years and 6 days (2000–2010).

Shutout by 2 Different Goalies in Same Series, Stanley Cup Playoff History

First Goalie 2nd Goalie

2013 Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury Tomas Vokoun

1979 Islanders Chico Resch Billy Smith

1976 Bruins Gerry Cheevers Gilles Gilbert

1975 Flyers Bernie Parent Wayne Stephenson

1972 Bruins Gerry Cheevers Eddie Johnston

1965 Canadiens Charlie Hodge Gump Worsley

>>Source: Elias Sports Bureau

Tomas Vokoun Career vs Islanders, Including Playoffs

2012-13 Career

W-L-OTL 4-0-0 18-7-1

GAA 0.69 1.88

Save pct .977 .940

Shutouts 2 6

>>31 saves Thursday

Senators 6, Canadiens 1 (Senators win series 4-1)

* Senators: 1st playoff series win since reaching 2007 Stanley Cup Final

* Senators: 1st playoff series win vs a Canadian-based team (had been 0-4)

* Kyle Turris (OTT): goal in 3 straight games

* Daniel Alfredsson: 49th career playoff goal (most in franchise history)

* Canadiens: outscored 13-0 in 3rd period and OT during series; FROM ELIAS: That is the largest shutout disparity for the 3rd period/OT in a single series in Stanley Cup Playoff history

FROM ELIAS: The Senators won their first-round series against the Canadiens in five games, wrapping it up with a 6–1 victory in Montreal on Thursday, which matched the scoreline of the Senators’ win in Game 3 of the series in Ottawa. The pair of 6–1 wins by the Senators made this only the second playoff series in the Canadiens’ 95-year history in the NHL in which they lost two games by margins of five goals or more. The only other time it happened was in the 1919 Stanley Cup Final against the PCHA champion, the Seattle Metropolitans. With all the games being played in Seattle, Montreal lost 7–0 in the series opener and 7–2 in the third game. The series was tied through five games at two wins each and one tie when it was cancelled due to the Spanish influenza epidemic which resulted in the illness of several players and the death of Canadiens star Joe Hall.

Ottawa Senators, All-time Playoff Series vs Canadian Teams

Result

2013 vs CanadiensWon in 5

2004 vs Maple Leafs Lost in 7

2002 vs Maple Leafs Lost in 7

2001 vs Maple Leafs Lost in 4

2000 vs Maple Leafs Lost in 6

Canadiens Worst Playoff Losses, In Potential Elimination Games

Opponent Margin

2002 Hurricanes 6

1963 Maple Leafs 5

2013 Senators 5

>>Source: Elias Sports Bureau

Most Goals in a Playoff Game, Senators Franchise History

Opponent

2006 Lightning 8

Thursday Canadiens 6

2013 Canadiens 6<<

2007 Penguins 6

2006 Sabres 6

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Canadiens Losing A Playoff Series To A Canadian Team, Since Expansion

Opponent Round

2013 Senators Conf Quarterfinal

1989Flames Stanley Cup Final

1985 Nordiques Division Finals

1982 Nordiques Division Semifinals

1981 OilersDivision Semifinals

Blackhawks 5, Wild 1 (Blackhawks win series 4-1)

* Marian Hossa (CHI): 2 goals (9th career multi-goal game in postseason; 1st since 2011)

* Jonathan Toews (CHI): 2 assists (1st point in series; had 50 points in first 52 playoff games entering this postseason)

* Blackhawks: 1st postseason series win since winning Stanley Cup in 2010

* Blackhawks: 9-0-2 in last 11 home games dating back to regular season

FROM ELIAS: Marian Hossa scored two goals and assisted on another as the Blackhawks won their first-round series against Minnesota with a 5–1 victory in Game 5. It was the sixth time in Hossa’s NHL career that he recorded three or more points in one playoff game and the third time he did so in a series-clinching win by his team. Hossa scored four points (one goal, three assists) for the Penguins in their clinching Game 5 victory against the Flyers in 2008 and three points (all assists) for Chicago in its decisive Game 6 win at Nashville in 2010.