NEW YORK -– The opening round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured three Game 7s, a record 17 overtime games and 28 one-goal contests. Twenty-two of the 47 games were won by clubs that had trailed in the contest, including 10 by teams that were down in the third period.
The defending champion Kings (a No. 5 seed) overcame a 2-0 series deficit to keep their repeat hopes alive, while three other lower-seeded clubs (No. 6 Rangers, No. 7 Senators, No. 7 Red Wings) advanced to the second round.
When the dust settled, it set up a Conference Semifinal round that includes two "Original Six" matchups (Chicago vs. Detroit, Boston vs. NY Rangers), an all-California battle (Los Angeles vs. San Jose) and a budding rivalry (Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa).
Among the many highlights of the first round:
RECORD NUMBER OF OVERTIMES
Seventeen of the 47 opening-round games (36.2%) in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs required overtime, an NHL record. Every first-round series included at least one overtime game.