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Overtime record set during first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs

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by NHL Public Relations


A quick recap of the First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the assistance of the Elias Sports Bureau:

* Eighteen of the 42 games required overtime (42.9 percent), a record for any round in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The previous record of 17 overtime games, established in the 2013 opening round, was set in 47 games (36.2 percent).

* April 17 saw all four games extend past regulation (OTT-BOS, WSH-TOR, CHI-NSH and ANA-CGY). Only two other days in NHL postseason history have featured four overtime games: April 11, 1980 and April 10, 1985.

* Twenty-eight of the 42 games were decided by one goal (66.7 percent), while another five were decided by two goals following an empty-net score (78.6 percent combined). Only the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured an opening round with that high of a percentage of one-goal margins, with 32 of 48 games (66.7 percent).

* Eighteen of the 42 games were tied in the final five minutes of the third period (42.9 percent). Three saw a go-ahead goal scored in the last three minutes of the third, while five featured a tying goal in the final five minutes of the third period (including two in the last 60 seconds).

* Seventeen of the 42 games saw the winning team overcome a deficit of at least one goal (40.5 percent), including nine featuring multigoal comebacks. Clubs also rallied from third-period deficits of any margin to win eight times.


The NHL announced the dates, starting times and national television coverage for the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begins Wednesday.

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Home Team in Caps

Ottawa 3, BOSTON 2 (OT) - OTT wins 4-2

Washington 2, TORONTO 1 (OT) - WSH wins 4-2


Marcus Johansson tied the game in the third period and scored the series-winning goal at 6:31 of overtime to lead the Washington Capitals into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third consecutive season. The Capitals won three overtime games in a series (also Games 1 and 5) for the second time in franchise history; they also did it in the 1998 Eastern Conference Final against the Buffalo Sabres.

* The Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs required overtime in five of their six games, matching the single-series NHL postseason record set by the Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens in the 1951 Stanley Cup Final, won in five games by the Maple Leafs, and the Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals, won in six games by the Coyotes.

* Washington played a series featuring six or more one-goal games for the fourth time and the first since the 2015 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers, when all seven games were decided by a single goal.

* Johansson recorded his second Stanley Cup Playoff game-winning goal and first in overtime. Elias says that he became the sixth Capitals player to score a series-clinching goal in overtime and the first since Joel Ward in Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Boston Bruins.

* Elias adds that Johansson became the first Capitals player to tie a game in the third period and then score the series-clinching goal in overtime. The last player to do that for any team was John Tavares for the New York Islanders in Game 6 of the 2016 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Florida Panthers.

* The Capitals will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Second Round. It's their 10th all-time playoff meeting and second in as many years (PIT: 8-1 overall). The Penguins have won the Stanley Cup following each of their last two postseason matchups (also 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals).


Clarke MacArthur scored at 6:30 of overtime to help the Ottawa Senators advance past the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh time, and first time since 2013. The Senators won three road games in a single series for the second time in team history; they also did it against the Sabres in the 2007 Eastern Conference Final.

* The Senators set franchise records with their third overtime win and fourth overtime game in a single series (also Games 2, 3 and 5). Elias adds that the Senators played six one-goal games in a playoff series for the first time.

* MacArthur, who returned to the Senators lineup April 4 after missing 18 months because of injury, scored his second game-winning goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and first in overtime. He became the third Senators player to score a series-clinching goal in overtime, joining Martin Havlat in Game 5 of 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Philadelphia Flyers and Daniel Alfredsson in Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Final against the Sabres.

* The Senators will face the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round, their second all-time postseason matchup. The teams last met in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, a seven-game victory by the Rangers.


Nine of the 12 games in the Capitals-Maple Leafs (five) and Senators-Bruins (four) series required overtime. Per Elias, only two other rounds in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs have featured two series with at least four overtime games, and all occurred within the past six years: the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals (Coyotes-Blackhawks: 5, Capitals-Bruins: 4) and 2014 First Round (Wild-Avalanche: 4, Blackhawks-Blues: 4).

* Elias notes that Ottawa and Boston were tied or separated by one goal for 90.9 percent of total playing time (367:47 of 404:31), while Washington and Toronto were tied or within one goal of each other for 83.5 percent of total playing time (339:12 of 406:20).

* Washington's Marcus Johansson and Ottawa's Clarke MacArthur joined the St. Louis Blues' Magnus Paajarvi with series-clinching overtime goals this postseason. Only two such goals were scored last year, by John Tavares of the Islanders in the Eastern Conference First Round against the Panthers and Nick Bonino of the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Capitals.


Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames, Mikael Granlund of the Minnesota Wild and Vladimir Tarasenko of the Blues are the finalists for the 2016-17 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability."

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced during the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on June 21.

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Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, 19, became the second teenager in NHL history to score in four consecutive playoff games (4-1-5). The other was Wendel Clark of the Maple Leafs in 1986 (4-0-4 in 4 GP). … Senators forward Derick Brassard (2-6-8) assisted on the opening and game-winning goals to move into a tie for second in the playoff scoring race with the Penguins' Phil Kessel. … ICYMI: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson had a special moment with his wife, Nicholle, who made the trip to Boston after recently being treated for cancer, following the Senators' series-clinching victory. … The Los Angeles Kings announced that associate head coach John Stevens has been promoted and will serve as the head coach.

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