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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Tuesday, May 19

by NHL Public Relations / NHL.com

TUESDAY'S RESULT

Home Team in Caps

Chicago 3, ANAHEIM 2 (3OT) – series tied 1-1

KRUGER SCORES IN THIRD OVERTIME TO TIE SERIES WITH DUCKS

Marcus Kruger scored at 16:12 of triple overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 to even the Western Conference Final at one victory apiece.

* Game 2 required 116:12 of total elapsed time and was the longest game of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Chicago also played in the previous longest game of this postseason, April 21 in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round vs. the Nashville Predators (3-2 3OT W). Brent Seabrook scored at 1:00 of the third overtime to end the game (101:00 of total elapsed time).

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blackhawks won two games in a single postseason that required at least three overtime periods for the first time in franchise history. The last team to do so was the Ducks, who won two such games in 2003.

* The Blackhawks have been involved in the four most-recent triple-overtime games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs: also April 17, 2014, at the St. Louis Blues (100:26, a 4-3 loss in Game 1 of the first round) and June 12, 2013, vs. the Boston Bruins (112:08, a 4-3 win in Game 1 of the Final).

* The Blackhawks are 6-3-1 in games that have required at least three overtime periods.

* Elias notes that Game 2 was the longest playoff game in Blackhawks franchise history. Their previous longest playoff game was on April 9, 1931, at the Montreal Canadiens (3-2 3OT W) in the third game of the Stanley Cup Final. Cy Wentworth scored the winning goal at 13:50 of the third overtime.

* Kruger scored his first overtime goal and his second career game-winning goal in the playoffs. His other was on May 9, 2013, vs. the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of the WQF (5-1 W), which clinched the series.

* Corey Crawford made a playoff career-high 60 saves, including 28 after regulation, to improve to 6-2 in this year's playoffs with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. Elias notes Crawford's 60 saves are the most in a playoff game by a Chicago goaltender in the NHL's expansion era (since 1967-68).

* Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa scored power-play goals at 2:14 and 6:19 of the first period, respectively. Elias notes the Blackhawks scored two power-play goals in the opening seven minutes of a playoff game for the first time since April 20, 1992, vs. St. Louis (5-3 L) when defenseman Chris Chelios scored twice with the man advantage at 4:03 and 5:29 of the first period.

* Duncan Keith (0-1—1) leads all defensemen with nine assists and 11 points (2-9—11) in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jonathan Toews (0-1—1) has 4-8—12 in this postseason (12 GP).

* The Blackhawks are the only team that has yet to suffer a home loss in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (5-0).

* ALL-ACCESS: Click here to watch the Blackhawks celebrate Kruger's triple-overtime goal.

LOOSE PUCKS

Anaheim goaltender Frederik Andersen made a playoff career-high 53 saves, including 27 after regulation, but fell to 9-2 in this year's playoffs with a 1.81 GAA and .933 save percentage. Each of Andersen's losses this postseason has come in overtime. … Andersen fell to 9-1 at Honda Center in his postseason career. Elias says Andersen's nine-game home winning streak to begin a career was the longest by any goaltender in Stanley Cup Playoffs history. … Game 2 was the second-longest playoff game in Ducks franchise history. The longest was on April 24, 2003, at the Dallas Stars, a 4-3 five-overtime win in Game 1 of the WSF. Petr Sykora scored 48 seconds into the fifth overtime in what was the fourth-longest game in Stanley Cup Playoff history. … Anaheim forward Corey Perry scored his team-leading eighth goal of the postseason. With 16 points (8-8—16), Perry moved into a tie with Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson for the League-lead. … Perry's eight goals matched his career-high for goals in a single postseason. He also had eight goals in 2009 (13 GP). … Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano scored his third goal of the postseason. … Anaheim forward Ryan Getzlaf had his League-leading 12th assist of the postseason. … Anaheim's winning streak at Honda Center during the 2015 playoffs ended at six games, one shy of the longest home winning streak in franchise postseason history (seven games from April 30 – June 7, 2003). … Chicago defenseman Kyle Cumiskey skated in his first playoff game since April 24, 2010, when he played with the Colorado Avalanche. … ICYMI: Todd McLellan was named coach of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

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