Home Team in Caps
Chicago 1, MINNESOTA 0 – CHI leads series 3-0
CALGARY 4, Anaheim 3 (OT) – ANA leads series 2-1
GAUDREAU, BACKLUND PROVIDE SPARK AS FLAMES RALLY FOR GAME 3 VICTORY
Johnny Gaudreau scored the tying goal with 19.5 seconds left in regulation and Mikael Backlund scored at 4:24 of overtime to rally the Calgary Flames past the Anaheim Ducks, cutting their series deficit to 2-1.
* Via Elias, Gaudreau's goal at 19:40 of the third period was the latest tying goal in Flames playoff history, topping the previous mark set by Robert Reichel at 19:13 of the third period on May 9, 1995 vs. the San Jose Sharks (5-4 OT L).
* Elias also says Backlund (9 GP) is the fourth player in Flames history to score his first career playoff goal in overtime, following Eddy Beers (April 6, 1983 vs. the Vancouver Canucks), Marcus Nilson (April 22, 2004 at the Detroit Red Wings) and Steve Montador (May 9, 2004 at San Jose).
* Also courtesy of Elias, the Flames scored a game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation and won in overtime in the postseason for the first time in franchise history. The Los Angeles Kings were the last NHL team to do accomplish that feat in the playoffs, also against the Ducks on May 3, 2014, in Game 1 of their Western Conference Second Round series. Marian Gaborik tied the game at 19:53 of the third period before scoring for Los Angeles at 12:07 of overtime.
* The Flames earned their first victory of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs in a similar fashion in Game 1 at Vancouver, when David Jones scored the tying goal at 7:59 of the third period and Kris Russell scored the game-winning goal with 29.6 seconds remaining in regulation.
* Gaudreau, who tallied 2-3—5 in 5 GP vs. Anaheim during the regular season, leads the Flames with 3-4—7 this postseason. Backlund has nine career game-winning goals in the regular season, including two in overtime (Feb. 1, 2014 vs. the Minnesota Wild and Oct. 15, 2014 at the Chicago Blackhawks).
* Brandon Bollig opened the scoring at 2:07 of the first period, while Joe Colborne (11 GP) scored his first career playoff goal on a shorthanded breakaway. Karri Ramo made 18 saves to earn his second career playoff win and first as a starter.
* The Flames won when trailing after two periods for the third time this postseason, tying the Ducks for the most such victories by one team in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. During the 2014-15 regular season, Calgary ranked third in the NHL with 10 wins when trailing after 40 minutes (Anaheim had 12; Detroit had 11).
* The Flames earned their first overtime victory in the playoffs since April 21, 2006, when Darren McCarty scored at 9:45 of the first overtime in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, also vs. Anaheim.
* Tuesday marked the Flames' first overtime game in the postseason since April 16, 2009 (3-2 OT L at the Chicago Blackhawks), snapping a 13-game stretch without extra time in the playoffs. Calgary improved to 18-24 in 42 all-time postseason playoff games; the Flames are 7-13 at home.
* Calgary has won Game 3 in seven of 11 series in which they have faced a 2-0 deficit.
BLACKHAWKS TAKE 3-0 SERIES LEAD, INCH CLOSER TO CONFERENCE FINAL
Corey Crawford made 30 saves and Patrick Kane scored his second consecutive game-winning goal to power the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-0 series lead against the Minnesota Wild. Chicago is one win away from making a trip to the Western Conference Final for the fifth time in seven years.
* The Blackhawks hold a 3-0 series lead for the first time since the 2010 Western Conference Final when they swept San Jose en route to the franchise's fourth Stanley Cup. Chicago also won a Game 3 for just the third time since that series (3-10).
* Overall, this marks the 11th time the Blackhawks have held a 3-0 lead in a best-of-7 series. They advanced in four games in eight of the previous 10 instances – including five straight dating to the 1992 Norris Division Final vs. Detroit – and required five games in the other two such series.
* Crawford earned his fourth career playoff shutout and second at Minnesota (also May 7, 2013, 25 SV). His other postseason shutouts were both on April 21, in the 2011 WQF at Vancouver (36 SV) and 2014 First Round vs. the St. Louis Blues (34 SV).
* Crawford made 30 saves for the second straight game – including a desperation stop with his blocker in the third period – to improve to 4-1 in this year's playoffs (2.52 GAA, .916 SV%, 1 SO in 6 GP).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kane – who also scored in Games 1 and 2 vs. the Wild – is the 14th player in franchise history to score a goal in each of the first three games of a playoff series (of any length). He is just the second Blackhawks player to accomplish the feat in the last 23 years, following Dustin Byfuglien in the 2010 WCF vs. San Jose.
* Elias adds that only three players in franchise history have scored a goal in each of the first four games in a playoff series: Bobby Hull (Games 1-5 in 1965 Semifinals vs. Detroit), Steve Larmer (Games 1-4 in 1989 Norris Division Final vs. St. Louis) and Byfuglien (Games 1-4 in 2010 WCF vs. San Jose).
* Overall, Kane extended his point streak to six games (5-3—8), the longest by any player in this year's playoffs. That includes a goal in four straight games dating to the first round, equaling the longest playoff goal streak of his career (April 24 to May 3, 2010: 4-1—5).
* Kane, who also scored the game-winning goal in Game 2, has back-to-back game-winning goals in the postseason for the first time. Overall, he has nine career decisive tallies in the playoffs, including four vs. Minnesota (also Games 1 and 6 in 2014 Second Round).
* Kane has averaged a point per game through his first 102 career postseason contests (43-59—102). His 43 career playoff goals are two shy of tying Larmer (45 goals) for fourth place in franchise history.
* The Blackhawks improved to 11-3 in 14 all-time playoff games against the Wild, including three straight victories at Xcel Energy Center. Chicago set a franchise record with 24 road wins during the 2014-15 regular season.
* Andrew Shaw and Patrick Sharp each had one assist. Sharp has 4-4—8 in nine games this postseason, including 2-4—6 on his four-game point streak.
* ICYMI: Click here to see Marian Hossa receive the Blackhawks' championship belt after their Game 3 victory.
NHLPA ANNOUNCES TED LINDSAY FINALISTS
The National Hockey League Players' Association announced today the three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award: forward Jamie Benn of the Stars, forward Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals and goaltender Carey Price of the Canadiens. The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the "Most Outstanding Player" in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.
The Ted Lindsay Award is the only award voted on by the players themselves, carrying on the tradition established by the Lester B. Pearson Award dating back to 1970-71. The Award honors Ted Lindsay, an All-Star forward known for his skill, tenacity, leadership, and for his role in establishing the original Players' Association.
Click here to learn more about each finalist.
Via Elias, Matt Beleskey is the third player in Ducks history to score in Games 1, 2 and 3 of a playoff series, following Joffrey Lupul (Games 1-3 in 2006 WSF vs. the Colorado Avalanche) and Teemu Selanne (Games 1-4 in 2011 WQF vs. the Nashville Predators). . . . Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf (0-2—2) had his third straight multiple-point game, matching the franchise record for a single postseason, also established in this year's playoffs by linemate Corey Perry (April 22 – May 3: 2-6—8). The duo are the only players to accomplish the feat for the franchise – Getzlaf: April 27 – May 3, 2009 (2-5—7) and Perry: April 15-20, 2011 (2-6—8). . . . Perry (28-42—70 in 81 GP) scored to surpass Teemu Selanne (35-34—69 in 96 GP) for second place on the Ducks' all-time playoff points list. . . . Perry leads all players with 6-8—14 this postseason, including 4-6—10 on his current five-game point streak. . . . ICYMI: The NHL fined Canadiens forward Brandon Prust $5,000 for comments.