Hi Everyone! I will be continuing to make my “Fun Facts” posts for this Stanley Cup Final. Please Note: All of the following stats were taken prior to Game #2.
Penguins won Game 1: 5-3 and lead the series 1-0. Game 2 is on Wednesday May 31st at 8pm ET at the PPG Arena in Pittsburgh
Pens has Zero SOG during the entire second period of Game 1. ***Preds are the 1st team since SOG started being tracked (in the 1957-1958 season) to hold a team to 0 SOG in a period during a Stanley Cup Final***
This is the first time in the 2017 playoffs that Nashville is down in a series. They had won every Game 1 in the playoffs before now.
Preds won 24 faceoffs vs Pens who won 33
Nashville was 2/3 on the PP while Pittsburgh was 1/3
Preds had 37 hits compared to Pens’ 31
Preds had a total of 26 SOG (1st-11, 2nd-9, 3rd-6)
Pens’ had a total of 12 SOG (1st-8, 2nd-0, 3rd-4)
Subban’s goal was called off in the 1st period when it was ruled that Forsberg was offside, during a 4 minute review.
Pens’ got a 5-on-3 for 2 minutes in the 1st period when both Neal (cross-checking) and Jarnkrok (interference) were penalized, which lead to Malkin’s 8thgoal of 2017 playoffs. (Pens lead 1-0)
Sheary’s goal in the 2nd period was his first in 18 games and his 1st of the playoffs. (Pens lead 2-0)
Bonino was credited a goal (3rd of the playoffs) in the final seconds of the 1st period when a puck went off of Predator’s shin pad and into the net. (Pens lead 3-0)
Ellis scored his 5th goal of the playoffs on the PP in the 2nd period.
Fisher’s assist was his 1st point of the playoffs. (Pens lead 3-1)
Sissons scored in 6th goal of the playoffs on the PP in the 3rd period. (Pens lead 3-2)
F. Gaudreau scored his first NHL Playoff goal in the 3rd period just as a Nashville penalty expired (Game time 3-3)
Guestzel scored his 10th goals of the playoffs in the 3rd period. (Pens lead 4-3)
Pens went 37 minutes without a SOG from the 1st period to the 3rd period
Bonino scored his 4th goal of the playoffs with an ENG in the 3rd period (Pens lead 5-3)
Pens scored 5 goals on 10 shots during Game 1
Murray is now 4-1-0 during these playoffs. Pekka Rinne is now 12-5-0.
Murray faced 26 SA, 3 GA for 23 SV and a SV% of 0.885
Rinne faced 11 SA, 4GA for 7 SV and a SV% of 0.636
Sissons lead the Preds with 7 SOG. Crosby lead the Pens with 3 SOG.
Coming in to the game:
Preds have a 2.90 GFA vs Pens’ 3.39.
Preds average 31.2 SOG vs Pens’ 33.5
Preds have a 2.68 GAA vs Pens’ 2.79
Preds were 8th in the league in faceoffs with an average of 51.4% vs Pens were were 28th in the league with an average of 47.6%
There aren’t any expected lineup changes for either team for Game 2.
The winner of this series will be making history, regardless of the winner.
If the Preds win: It will be their first Stanley Cup win in Franchise History
If the Pens win: It will be their fifth Stanley Cup win in Franchise History. It will be Crosby’s, Malkin’s (and several other players’) 3rd championship. It will also mean back-to-back championships which they haven’t done since 1991-1992. It would also be the first team since Detroit in 1998 to win back-to-back championships.
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Canadians make up over half of the National Hockey League (50.5%)
the Los Angeles Kings roster is exactly 50% Canadian
the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs have the most Canadian skaters on their roster with 17 apiece
similarly, the Detroit Red Wings have the fewest with only 4 Canadians
the Arizona Coyotes have the largest roster with 28 active skaters; the fewest skaters on a roster is 22, which belongs to the Washington Capitals, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild
the total of active skaters in the NHL is 719
the Philadelphia Flyers have the most currently active Team Canada World Junior Champions alumni with 9. the next closest team is the New York Islanders with 7 (since 2005)
current captains of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Dallas Stars (two thirds of the National Hockey League) are all World Junior Championship alumni for their respective countries
Hi Everyone! I will be continuing to make my “Fun Facts” posts for this Stanley Cup Final.
Please Note: All of the following stats were taken prior to Game #3.
Penguins won Game 1: 5-3 & Game 2: 4-1. They lead the series 2-0.
Game 3: Saturday June 3rd @ 8pm ET at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville
This series was the first time in the 2017 Playoffs that Preds lost Game 1
In NHL history only 50 teams have gone up 2-0 in the SCF, of those, 45 have gone on to win the championship.
Guentzal made NHL Playoff History:
He now has (league leading) 12 goals this playoffs (aka he has 12 career playoff goals so far)
He’s now has the most playoff goals by an American Rookie in NHL history
He now has the most points by an American rookie.
He has 5 game-winning goals meaning he now holds the NHL rookie record for most GWG
He is also 2 goals and 2 points away from tying the all-time rookies records (14 goals and 21 points)
He’s only the 2nd Rookie in NHL history to have 3 multi-goals games in a single playoff season.
He’s only the 2nd Rookie in NHL history to have consecutive GWGs in a Stanley Cup Final.
Sissons now has 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points (including a hat trick in Game 6 vs Ducks) in the 2017 playoffs. He now has more points in the playoffs than he did in the regular season (8 goals and 2 assists)
Nashville got a 2min 5-on-3 in the 1st period when Malkin (hooking) and Kunitz (cross-checking) got simultaneous penalties. Which ended when Fisher was penalized for interference 52 seconds later. Neither team scored during any of the penalties
In this sequence, Bonino was injured and left the ice, although he later returned in the next period
Aberg scored his 2nd playoff goal seconds after Preds’ penalty ended. (Preds lead 1-0)
Guentzal’s game tying goal was his 11th goals of the playoffs (Game tied 1-1)
Pens SOG total in the 1st period of Game 2 = SOG total of Game 1
Guentzal scored 10 seconds in the 3rd period with his league leading 12th of the playoffs (aka 12th career playoff goal) (Pens lead 2-1)
This goal was the fastest playoff goal to start a period in Pens’ history!
S. Wilson scored about 3 min later with his 3rd of the playoffs. (Pens lead 3-1)
Malkin scored 15 seconds after than with his 9th of the playoffs. (Pens lead 4-1)
Preds pulled Rinne after allowing 3 goals in 3min 28sec
Juuse Saros came into the game. His first career playoff appearance
Hornqvist’s goal was called back when Cullen was ruled offside
Pens had a total of 27 SOG (1st-12, 2nd-7, 3rd-8)
Preds had a total of 38 SOG (1st-18, 2nd-14, 3rd-6)
Nashville won 44 face-offs vs Pens winning 33
Preds were 0/4 on the PP while Pens were 0/7
Preds had 40 hits in the game while Pens had 36
Pekke Rinne had a SV% of 0.840 with 21 saves
Jusse Saros had a SV% of 1.00 with 2 saves
Matt Murray had a SV% of 0.974 with 37 saves
With this win, Murray has 20 playoffs wins in 28 games played. Only 2 goalies have reached this milestone in fewer games (Durnan & Roy).
Dumoulin & Kessel lead the Pens with 4 SOG each. While Neal lead the Preds with 7 SOG. Fisher, Josi& Forsberg all had 5 SOG each
This was only the 2nd time in 2017 Playoffs that the Pens won despite not scoring the 1st goal of the game
Pens are now 6-1 when being outshot by 10 or more in the 2017 playoffs
Rinne entered the series with a SV% of 0.947. He has a SV% of 0.777 in this series. He is winless in his career against the Penguins in the playoffs.
Game 3 will be at the Bridgestone arena where the Preds are 7-1 this postseason
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Goodbyes are never easy regardless of who it is. When it comes to sports, Ive found myself a little more emotional than I probably should be. That’s okay though, I like what sports, especially hockey, have brought to enrich parts of my life. On Sunday June 11, I sat in my favorite place to watch playoff hockey surrounded by my favorite people as the Penguins lifted the Stanley Cup again after winning the entire thing last year. We were eager to see the order the Cup would be passed and I can promise you that no one was disappointed watching Flower pass the Cup on to Matt Murray. The entire bar was cheers to see it. I definitely was a bit teary knowing the fate of my favorite franchise goalie, and I thought Flower made the best gesture by passing it off to Matt.
We are so spoiled here in Pittsburgh over the fact that we get to argue on twitter all day about who we should put in net. I remember a time when we werent so lucky. I grew up remembering Tommy Barrassso and Ken Wregget in net for the Penguins and I remember the run of the Moose while he held his own. But there was sincere excitement in the Penguins drafting Marc Andre Fleury. Since that point I’ve watched a lot of Penguins hockey with Flower in between the goal posts. He was drafted first overall in 2003 by the Penguins, and has won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
I’ve lost track of how many amazing things I’ve seen Flower do in the crease. Some of my favorite memories were in person seeing him flop all over the ice with a big smile on his face. I remember an early spring game against Detroit that went to overtime and then to a shoot out with Datsyuk as the last shooter for the Red Wings. If he did not score this goal, the Penguins won. The entire game was back and forth and the score was tight. I never heard a split second of silence in Consol (Now PPG Paints Arena) until that night when everyone collectively held their breath while Flower’s stick went flying in the air, and he literally almost cartwheeled into a glove save just barely keeping the puck on the one side of the red paint. The place went nuts.
Another favorite I attended, Potash tried to interview Fleury as the number one start of the game on the ice, but the Fleury chants were so loud, he couldnt do his interview. Seeing Flower’s face light up with a big smile made my heart so happy.
We are so lucky to have a franchise player like Fleury. I know everyone always brings up the numbers between he and Murray, and I get this is a business for entertainment and sentiment doesnt win games or pay players, but, how can you not say youre going to miss this guy? He’s a heck of a player and a better man.
Thank you Marc Andre Fleury, I cant express it in enough emotions how I feel. The words I could type would never do justice for how my heart feels about you.
as someone who used to be an employee of a major sports franchise i can tell you for a Fact that pittsburgh sports fans are 100% more rude and trashy than fans from literally any other city and frankly that’s being proven again tonight so you can all just leave with your condescending “stay classy, nashville :)” type comments
A man named Albert Lexie has shined shoes at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for 36 years. He donates everything over $5 per shine to the hospital. He has contributed over $200k during his time there. source
Pens vs Sharks: Post-Game 1 & Pre-Game 2 Fun Facts
Game 1 is over. Game 2 is set for tonight. Here are 20 Fun Facts that (in my opinion) make the series a hell of a lot more interesting.
*Disclaimer* These are facts that I found at NHL.com, TSN.ca and the Score app. If any of these are incorrect, I apologize.
First time in a decade that the Easter Conference Champs won Game 1 of a Stanley Cup Final
Since SCF became a best-of-seven series (1939), Game 1 winner has gone on to win the cup 77.6% of the time (59/76 series). Furthermore, Game 1 winner has won the series each of the past 4 years
The Pens top 3 lines all scored in Game 1
Both Matt Murray and Martin Jones have won 12 games in 2016 playoffs. Jones (19 games) has a SV% of 0.919 with GAA of 2.17. Murray (16 games) has a SV% of 0.924 and GAA of 2.20
Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary (both rookies) scored goals 62 seconds apart in the 1st period.
Rust and Sheary’s goals were the 2nd time in NHL history that the opening two goals of SCF were scored by rookies. Last time was 1924 MTL’s Howie Morenz scored the first 2 goals vs Calgary Tigers (WCHL)- (prior to the Cup only being for NHL teams).
Rust has scored in Pens last 3 games. Making a Pens’ record for most goals by a rookie in the post season. He has now 6 goals in the 2016 playoffs.
Nick Bonino got the GWG. His 2nd of 2016 playoffs. He is now tied for 3rd for most GWG’s in 2016 playoffs
First for GWG’s in 2016 playoffs: Pavelski with 4 GWG
Tied at 2nd for GWG’s in 2016 playoffs: Crosby with 3 GWG
Pens outshot Sharks 41-26. Game 1 winners have outshot their opponents for the 10th straight game
Game 1 was only the 2nd time in the entire 2015-2016 season (regular and playoffs) that Sharks allowed 40+ SOG
Matt Murray (22 years old btw) won his 12th game of the playoffs.
Murray is now tied for 2nd for M. Vernon (CGY) and K. Dryden (MTL) for most wins by a rookie in a playoff year.
If he wins the Cup (and starts for the Pens for the 3 Pens’ wins), he will be tied for 1st with C. Ward (CAR) with 15 wins by a rookie in a playoff year)
Nick Bonino (the GWG scorer) was drafted by the Sharks in 2007 but didn’t play in the NHL with them.
If the Sharks win the Cup and the Warriors win the NBA Champs it would be the first time a city or a region has both a Stanley Cup and NBA title in the same spring
Game 1 was Brent Burns’ 8th multi-point game of the 2016 playoffs
Burns now has 22 points in the post-season. He is now in 5th place all time for most points by a d-man in a single post season.
If the Pens win game 2, it will be very difficult for the Sharks to come back. The Sharks have never won a playoff series after being 0-2. (All of NHL history, teams that lose the first 2 games have lost the series 44/49 times.
There is a restaurant in Pittsburgh, the Conflict Kitchen, that only serves cuisines from countries that the US is in conflict with. When they started serving Palestinian food, they received death threats. -Source
A Pittsburgh Restaurant Owner did away with tipping, paid employees a base salary of at least $35k/year (plus bonuses), gave them health care from date of hire, 500 shares in the business and a paid vacation, the restaurant tripled its profits in 2 months. - Source