|New York Rangers||2||
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Goalie report: This was one of the best goaltending duels of the playoffs. Steve Mason was a man on a mission, particularly in the first period, and Henrik Lundqvist reverted to his usual classy self, trying to put the nightmare of the previous game behind him. He turned especially stubborn in the waning moments of the third period, with the Flyers pressing heavily to tie it. The King moves to 5-1 in Game 7s. Now that's delivering.
Key moment: The Rangers dominated the scoring in the second period and really took control of the game, tipping the scales in their favor with a balanced attack that would have skewed the score even more for the home side if it hadn't been for Mason's stonework.
-- Paul Grant
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Goalie report: During the season, Semyon Varlamov made some great saves and looked alert -- glove up, daring someone, anyone, to try him. But in Game 7, he was beaten by some really nifty, pinpoint shots and left more top shelves open than a Moscow grocery store. Darcy Kuemper did his honest best and seemed to match Varlamov save for save until late in the third, when he was beaten for the Avs' fourth goal. On the save before the goal, he seemed to tweak something that was physical (not mental, in other words) and Ilya Bryzgalov came on in relief. The goaltending wasn't great, in other words, by either side.
Key moment: The entire game was a call-and-response sort of deal, with the teams answering each other's goals with a goal of their own. So aside from the overtime winner, Jared Spurgeon's beautiful equalizer with 2:27 remaining was a thing of patient beauty and gave the Wild a chance.
What it means: The upstart and underdog Wild are off to Chicago to try their upstart and underdog luck against the defending Cup champions.
-- Paul Grant
|San Jose Sharks||1||
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|5||Los Angeles Kings|
Goalie report: In the last four games of this series, Jonathan Quick showed why he won a Stanley Cup in 2012. He made 39 saves, negated six Sharks' power plays and backed his team to four straight wins after a disastrous start to the series.
Key moment: In some ways, this series looked over when the Kings shut out the Sharks in Game 5, but the turning point of Game 7 was when Drew Doughty scored a power-play goal in the second period during a six-second two-man advantage. The Kings then killed three more power plays in the period.
What it means: The Kings are just the fourth team in NHL history to rally from a 3-0 series deficit to win. This means a battle of two Southern California teams in the conference semifinals. It also likely spells change in Northern California, as the Sharks topped all of their past postseason disappointments.
-- Sarah Goldstein
Game 7: Kings 5, Sharks 1
* The Kings are the 4th team in Stanley Cup playoff history to win a series after trailing 3 games to none. They join the 2010 Flyers, 1975 Islanders and 1942 Maple Leafs.
* Kings were one of two teams tonight to win despite allowing the 1st goal of the game (also: the Wild, whose win snapped a streak of 17 straight Game 7s won by the team that scored first)
* Sharks: 17 goals in Games 1-3, 5 goals combined in Games 4-7
* Jonathan Quick (LA): 39 saves (his most in any game in this series)
* Anze Kopitar (LA): goal and assist -- 4 goals in this series, tied with Justin Williams for the team lead, had at least 1 point in all 7 games in series
* 6 of the 7 games in the series were decided by 3 or more goals
* Kings: play Ducks next; 1-3-1 regular season vs Ducks, only win was in a shootout, were held to 0 goals or 1 goal in 3 of the 5 games
Game 7: Wild 5, Avalanche 4 (OT)
* Wild: 1st team to win a Game 7 after scoring 4 game-tying goals in the game (ELIAS)
* Wild snap an 8-game road playoff losing streak
* Wild: 3-0 all-time in Game 7s (all on road, 2 of the wins vs Avalanche)
* The Wild's win over the Avalanche snaps a streak of 17 straight Game 7s won by the team that scored first. The last to do so was the Flyers against the Bruins in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals.
* Avalanche: have 4-game home winning streak vs Wild snapped
* Ilya Bryzgalov (MIN): 2nd goalie to come in relief and win a Game 7 (Grant Fuhr, 1984 Oilers against Flames) (ELIAS)
* Nino Niederreiter (MIN) 2 goals including game-winning goal in overtime (1st 2 career playoff goals); had 1 career regular-season game-winning goal in 145 career games
* Only game in series won by road team
* 5 of 7 games in series decided by 1 goal
* Road team: 19-19 all-time in Game 7s that went to overtime
FROM ELIAS: Nino Niederreiter scored the first two goals of his playoff career, including the game-winning goal in overtime, to lead the Wild to a 5-4 victory in Game 7 of its first-round series against the Avalanche. Niederreiter is the third player in history whose first two postseason goals came in the seventh game of one playoff series. The other players to do that were the Penguins' Jiri Hrdina in 1991 against New Jersey and the Devils' Adam Henrique in 2012 versus Florida. Hrdina and Henrique, like Niederreiter, also scored the winning goal in that Game 7, with Henrique doing so in double overtime.
FROM ELIAS: The winning goaltender for Minnesota in its Game 7 victory at Colorado was Ilya Bryzgalov, who faced only one shot on goal after he relieved injured starter Darcy Kuemper with 8:13 remaining in the third period. The only other seventh game in playoff history in which the winning goaltender did not start the game was Edmonton's 7-4 victory in the decisive game of the 1984 Smythe Division finals against Calgary. Grant Fuhr recorded the win for the Oilers after replacing starter Andy Moog, who allowed three goals in the first 26 minutes of the game.
Game 7: Rangers 2, Flyers 1 (Rangers win series, 4-3)
* Rangers: 6-0 all-time at home in Game 7s (best record of any team in Game 7s at home)
* Rangers: won 4 straight Game 7s and 7 of their last 8 Game 7s
* Flyers: have 3-game Game 7 winning streak snapped
* Henrik Lundqvist: 29th career postseason win, tied with Ed Giacomin for 2nd-most in Rangers history (Mike Richter has 41; if Lundqvist wins 12 more games this postseason, he ties Richter and wins a Stanley Cup)
* Steve Mason (PHI): 31 saves, went 2-2 in series after not starting first 3 games
* Dan Carcillo (NYR): 2nd goal of series. He scored 3 goals in 31 games with Rangers during regular season
* Benoit Pouliot (NYR): 2nd goal of series, finished with 4 points in series -- ranked 8th on Rangers with 36 points in regular season
* Rangers: beat Flyers in postseason series for 1st time since 1986
* Rangers: won 11 of last 12 home games vs Flyers
* Rangers: 2-1-1 vs Penguins in regular season (1 of the wins was a shootout win)
FROM ELIAS: Henrik Lundqvist recorded his fourth win in five career starts in seventh games of playoff series with a 2-1 victory over the Flyers which sends him and the Rangers on to a second-round matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lundqvist's four career wins in Game 7s tie him with Carolina's Cam Ward for second-most among active goaltenders, behind Martin Brodeur, whose six Game 7 wins tie him with Patrick Roy for the all-time leadership in that category. v Best Home Record in Game 7
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>> Source: Elias Sports Bureau