MULTIGOAL COMEBACK TREND CONTINUES
The Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals each erased 2-0 deficits during the second period of their respective games Wednesday, with Anaheim rallying for a 4-3 overtime win in Edmonton.
* The Ducks became the 11th team to overcome a multigoal deficit to win a game during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Overall, 20 of 57 games (35.1 percent) this postseason have seen a team erase a multigoal deficit (regardless of final result), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
* Additionally, 22 games have seen the winning team overcome a deficit of at least one goal, including 10 that erased a third-period deficit of any margin to win.
Video: Schultz's PPG lifts Penguins past Capitals in Game 4
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 3, Washington 2 - PIT leads 3-1
Anaheim 4, EDMONTON 3 (OT) - series tied 2-2
GETZLAF FACTORS ON ALL FOUR GOALS IN OT WIN AS DUCKS EVEN SERIES
Ryan Getzlaf (2-2-4) established and matched NHL career highs for goals and points in a playoff game, capping the night with the assist on Jakob Silfverberg's goal 45 seconds into overtime, to help the Ducks overcome a multigoal deficit and late tying goal by the Oilers to even their Western Conference Second Round series at two games apiece.
* Getzlaf scored his 35th and 36th NHL playoff goals to surpass Teemu Selanne (35) for first place on the Ducks' all-time list. Getzlaf also holds Ducks records for postseason assists (76) and points (112) in 112 games.
* Getzlaf ranks second in the League with 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in eight playoff games, including eight points (four goals, four assists) during the second round and five multipoint games overall. His four-point game Wednesday was the second such output of his NHL playoff career; he had four points (one goal, three assists) against the Calgary Flames in Game 1 of the 2015 Western Conference Second Round. Corey Perry (two) is the only other player with multiple four-point playoff games for the Ducks.
* Silfverberg, who scored the fourth game-winning goal, and first in overtime, of his NHL playoff career, tied the mark for second-fastest overtime goal in Ducks playoff history, six seconds shy of the franchise record of 39 seconds set by Steve Thomas in Game 4 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils.
* Getzlaf and Silfverberg, who has a goal in each of his past four games (5-1-6), share second in the League with seven goals this postseason, one behind the Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel.
* The Ducks tied a series at 2-2 after losing the first two games for the fourth time in eight instances; they also did it against the Devils in the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, against the Los Angeles Kings in the 2014 Western Conference Second Round, and against the Nashville Predators in the 2016 Western Conference First Round. However, the Ducks never have rallied to win any of the previous seven such series.
* Elias notes that when teams are tied 2-2 in a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 196-54 (78.7 percent), including a 3-0 mark in 2017.
Video: Silfverberg, Getzlaf give Ducks 4-3 OT win in Game 4
PENGUINS SURVIVE CAPITALS RALLY TO TAKE 3-1 SERIES LEAD
The Capitals erased a two-goal deficit in a span of 72 seconds, but defenseman Justin Schultz scored the tiebreaking goal less than three minutes later to help the Penguins take a 3-1 series lead and move within one victory of their second consecutive trip to the Eastern Conference Final.
* Schultz, who scored one game-winning goal in 78 games during the regular season, had his first NHL playoff game-winning goal in his 24th postseason game. He became the eighth defenseman with a game-winning goal this postseason.
* Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves to become the 16th NHL goaltender to win 60 career playoff games, and second to reach the milestone in as many nights following Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.
* Per Elias, teams that take a 3-1 lead in a best-of-7 series own an all-time series record of 267-28 (90.5 percent), including a 3-0 record this year. Pittsburgh owns an all-time series record of 13-3 when leading 3-1.
GUENTZEL CONTINUES SCORING AT RECORD PACE
Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel had a goal and an assist to maintain his League lead in goals and move into a share of third in points in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 12 (eight goals, four assists) in nine games.
* Guentzel became the fourth player in the NHL's modern era (since 1943-44) to score at least eight goals in his first nine career playoff games, and just the third to do so in a single postseason. The others: Maurice Richard (12 in 1944), Mario Lemieux (11 in 1989) and Wayne Gretzky (9 from 1980-81).
* The last rookie to score at least eight goals in a single playoff year was the Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand, who had 11 goals in 2011 to equal the fourth-highest total by a rookie in one playoff year in NHL history.
TOP 50 GREATEST NHL TEAMS TO COMPETE IN SECOND ROUND OF VOTING
After more than three weeks of fan voting, the list of contenders for the title of the NHL's Greatest Team has been narrowed from 96 to 50 for the second round of voting, which begins today at Noon ET / 9 a.m. PT. Part of the NHL's Centennial celebration, The Greatest NHL Teams competition runs until May 25, with fans determining the outcome of head-to-head matchups between championship clubs through a unique, interactive digital and mobile program.
The Ducks and Oilers skated in the 21st overtime game of 57 (36.8 percent) during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with road teams improving to 13-8 in those games. … Of the 57 games played during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, 38 have been decided by one goal (66.7 percent). … Oilers forward Drake Caggiula scored his first NHL playoff goal with 1:42 remaining in the third period, the eighth tying goal in the final five minutes of the third this postseason and second by the Oilers; defenseman Oscar Klefbom did it against the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round. … Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin had an assist to extend his lead in playoff scoring; he has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in nine games. … Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl had two assists for his third multipoint game of the playoffs; he leads the Oilers with 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 10 games.
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