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A Blog to Remenda - 6/25/2013

by Drew Remenda / San Jose Sharks

Some numbers and stats courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau and the NHL.
A few of my own thoughts in there as well.

Somewhere Maple Leafs Fans are smiling...

  • The Blackhawks scored twice in a 17-second span in the last 1:16 to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory. Bryan Bickell tied the game at 18:44, followed by the Stanley Cup-winning goal by Dave Bolland at 19:01.
  • Bolland recorded the latest Stanley Cup-winning goal ever tallied in regulation time. Before Bolland, the latest a Cup-winning goal was scored was by Boston’s Bill Carson in 1929 (18:02, third period) in a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. The Bruins swept the Rangers 2-0 in the best-of-three series.
  • The Blackhawks became the first club to win a Stanley Cup-clinching game in regulation time by overcoming a one-goal deficit in the final two minutes.
  • The Blackhawks are just the third club in NHL history to win a Stanley Cup-clinching game it had trailed in the final five minutes of regulation and the first to do so in regulation time. In 1944, Montreal scored twice in the final five minutes of regulation to force overtime and defeated Chicago 5-4 at 9:12 of extra time on a goal by Toe Blake (Game 4). In 1951, Toronto scored at 19:28 to tie Montreal 2-2 before Bill Barilko’s Cup-winning tally at 2:53 of overtime (Game 5).
  • The Blackhawks became the fifth club of the 2013 postseason to win a game it had trailed with 90 or fewer seconds remaining in regulation. Chicago was the only one of the five to win the game in regulation.

Close only counts in horseshoes...and Stanley Cup Finals

  • Chicago and Boston were tied or separated by one goal 87% of the time. The widest lead was a two-goal margin (just 13% of the time).
  • The Stanley Cup Final was the first in 20 years to feature three overtime games. Overall, it was the sixth Stanley Cup Final series since 1927 to have at least three games go past regulation.
  • Five of the six games were essentially one-goal affairs (Boston won Game 5 by a 3-1 score after recording an empty-net goal).
  • The Blackhawks outscored the Bruins, 17-15, in the series.

...Yeah but what about that mullet and chops?

Chicago right wing Patrick Kane won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to “the most valuable player to his team in the playoffs.” The winner is selected in a vote by a panel of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final.

Kane was at his best down the stretch, tallying seven goals, including two game-winning scores, in his last eight games of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He recorded his second career playoff hat trick in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against Los Angeles, including the series-clinching goal in double-overtime, and netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Kane totalled nine goals in 23 games during the 2013 playoffs, tied for second in the League and one behind teammate Patrick Sharp. His 19 postseason points also ranked second in the NHL, seven behind Boston’s David Krejci (9-17—26).

Kane tied for the team lead (with Dave Bolland) in scoring in the Stanley Cup Final with 3-2—5 in six games. He also led the team in the 2010 Final vs. Philadelphia with 3-5—8 in six games (6-7—13 in 12 career Stanley Cup Final games).

The 24-year-old Buffalo, N.Y., native is the third consecutive U.S.-born player and fourth overall to win the Conn Smythe, joining New York Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch in 1994, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas in 2011 and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick in 2012.

* Chicago forward Bryan Bickell scored nine goals in 23 playoff games, matching his total in 48 games during the regular season.

If I had a vote for the Conn Smythe...

Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford posted a 16-7 record with a League-leading 1.84 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in 23 playoff games. He made 30-or-more saves five times, including a 51-save performance in the Blackhawks’ triple-overtime win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Crawford is the first goaltender in franchise history to finish with a goals-against average below 2.00 in a playoff year in which he appeared in at least 10 games. The previous low was by Glenn Hall (2.10) in 12 games when Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 1961.

A couple of interesting non Elias notes.
  • The first two guys to carry the Stanley Cup after Jonathon Toews? Former Sharks Michal Handzus and Jamal Mayers. Two terrific NHL veteran and team guys, Congratulations.
  • Chicago Blackhawks Assistant Coach, Jamie Kompon won the Stanley Cup last season as an assistant with the L.A. Kings. I can't remember a time when an Assistant Coach moved from the Cup Champion to win another Cup the next season.
  • I wish the fans would stop booing Mr. Bettman when he presents the Cup. Like him or not, it's a moment of celebration. It just appears being petty and classless.
  • Broken legs, torn rib cartilage, separated shoulders, cut faces, injured backs and multiple surgeries to follow. Is it any wonder why we all believe that the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win in sports?

Thanks Elias Sports Bureau , the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins for a heck of a final. But just wait until next year!
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