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2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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  • Sedin out with concussion

    Sedin out with concussion
    Daniel Sedin receives an elbow to the head from Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith during the Canucks 2-1OT loss. Keith would receive a 5 game suspension 2 days later. Sedin would miss the rest of the regular season and three playoff games.
  • Period: to

    The 2012 Stanley Cup Finals

  • Rangers clinch top-seed in the Eastern Conference

    Rangers clinch top-seed in the Eastern Conference
    The New York Rangers clinch the top-seed in the East after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3. The Rangers finish with 109 points, 7 ahead of second placed Boston.
  • Prosser suspended

    Prosser suspended
    Minnesota Wild defenceman Nate Prosser is suspended one game for head-butting Chicago Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers. This is the final suspension of the regular season and 35th of the year.
  • Canucks claim President's Trophy

    Canucks claim President's Trophy
    The Vancouver Canucks defeat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 to claim their second straight President's Trophy. The Canucks finished with 111 points, two ahead of the Rangers.
  • Season ends

    Season ends
    The final day of the regular season, marking the least-penalized season in 23 years. Teams averaged 11.2 penalty minutes per game.
  • Predators open playoffs with win

    Predators open playoffs with win
    The Nashville Predators defeat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 to open their series. The game is overshadowed by Nashville captain Shea Weber slamming Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg head-first into the glass, cracking his helmet.
  • Weber escapes suspension

    Weber escapes suspension
    Shea Weber avoids a suspension for a dangerous hit on Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg. Weber is fined $2,500 for the action as Zetterberg did not get injured on the play. Many think he should have got more.
  • Giroux records 6 points in Flyers win

    Giroux records 6 points in Flyers win
    Claude Giroux has three goals and three assists to set a franchise record for points in a playoff game, and rookie Sean Couturier adds a hat trick as the Flyers comeback to defeat the Penguins 8-5 and take a 2-0 series lead.
  • Brodeur wins 100th career playoff game

    Brodeur wins 100th career playoff game
    Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur wins his 100th career playoff game, only the second netminder after Patrick Roy to do so, as New Jersey win 3–2 and take a 1-0 series lead against the Florida Panthers.
  • Kings stun Canucks to take 2-0 series lead

    Kings stun Canucks to take 2-0 series lead
    Dustin Brown ties an NHL playoff record with two short-handed goals, Jonathan Quick makes 46 saves and the Kings beat the Canucks 4-2 take both road games and a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.
  • Holtby records first career playoff victory

    Holtby records first career playoff victory
    Washington Capitals rookie goaltender Braden Holtby records his first career playoff victory, making 43 saves in a 2-1 double overtime win over Boston. The win came in only Holtby’s second career playoff start.
  • Halak and Elliot combine to shutout Sharks

    Halak and Elliot combine to shutout Sharks
    The St. Louis Blues tie their series up at 1 after goaltending duo Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliot combine to stop all 29 shots faced in a 3-0 victory over San Jose. Halak left the game 1:07 into the second period with a lower-body injury after stopping 12 shots. He will be out the rest of the series. Halak and Elliott combined for 15 shutouts in the regular season, tying a modern NHL record, and won the Jennings Trophy for the fewest goals allowed.
  • Flyers top Penguins in heated Game 3

    Flyers top Penguins in heated Game 3
    Referees hand out 158 penalty minutes during Game 3 of the Penguins-Flyers series as Philadelphia defeats Pittsburgh 8-4 to take a 3-0 series lead.
  • Flyers-Penguins draw record audience

    Flyers-Penguins draw record audience
    Ratings for the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia Game 3 on NBC reportedly draw a 2.3 share, the best number for an NHL playoff game, excluding a Stanley Cup final contest, in a decade.
  • Sedin returns for Vancouver

    Sedin returns for Vancouver
    Daniel Sedin returns for the Vancouver Canucks after missing12 games with a concussion. Sedin records an assist as the Canucks win their first game of the playoffs and cut L.A’s series lead to 3-1.
  • Panthers win first playoff game in 15 years

    Panthers win first playoff game in 15 years
    Florida ties their series with New Jersey 1-1 after winning Game 2. The 4-2 result was their first playoff win since April 17, 1997, and ended a streak of nine straight defeats in a 15-year span.
  • Asham suspended 4 games

    Asham suspended 4 games
    Arron Asham of the Pittsburgh Penguins is suspended 4 games for his cross-check to the throat of the Flyers Brayden Schenn in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
  • Hossa suffers possible concussion

    Hossa suffers possible concussion
    Marian Hossa is carted out on a stretcher after a Raffi Torres open-ice hit. Hossa did not have the puck when Torres left the ice to hit him. Torres did not receive a penalty during the game.
  • Penguins run riot in 10-3 win

    Penguins run riot in 10-3 win
    Pittsburgh scores nine goals in the first two periods and both Philadelphia goalies allow 5 as the Penguins win 10-3 and prevent a series sweep. The 45 goals scored through the first four games sets an NHL record for goals in the first four games of a seven-game series.
  • Brodeur sets playoff record for shutouts

    Brodeur sets playoff record for shutouts
    Martin Brodeur produces a record-setting 24th playoff shutout, helping New Jersey beat Florida 4-0 and tie their series at 2.
  • Nashville oust Detroit in 5

    Nashville oust Detroit in 5
    Detroit native David Legwand scores the game-winner 13 seconds into the third period as Nashville eliminates Detroit in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with a 2-1 victory.
  • Torres handed lengthy suspension

    Torres handed lengthy suspension
    Raffi Torres is handed a 25 game suspension by the NHL for his late hit in Game 3 that resulted in Chicago’s Marian Hossa being taken off the ice on a stretcher. The suspension matches the second longest ever handed out.
  • Blackhaws-Coyotes series ties NHL overtime record

    Blackhaws-Coyotes series ties NHL overtime record
    Jonathan Toews scores 2:44 into overtime as the Blackhawks beat Phoenix 2-1 to extend their series to a 6th game. The game marked the 5th straight time the two sides had gone to overtime and ties a 61-year-old record set by the 1951 Toronto-Montreal Stanley Cup Final.
  • 8th seed Kings eliminate top-ranked Canucks

    8th seed Kings eliminate top-ranked Canucks
    Jarret Stoll beats Canucks goalie Cory Schneider at 4:27 of overtime to give Los Angeles a 2-1 victory over Vancouver and eliminate the President’s Trophy winners from the playoffs 4-1.
  • Flyers edge Penguins in 6

    Flyers edge Penguins in 6
    The Flyers put a halt to the Penguins 2 game win streak and eliminate them from playoff contention with a 5-1 win.
  • Kreider scores first NHL goal to force game 7

    Kreider scores first NHL goal to force game 7
    Chris Kreider's first goal as an NHL player saves the New York Rangers from elimination and forces a Game 7 against Ottawa.
  • Coyotes advance to next round

    Coyotes advance to next round
    Mike Smith stops all 49 shots he faces and the Phoenix Coyotes win 4-0 to win their first playoff series since moving from Winnipeg in 1996. The win is also the first in franchise history since 1987.
  • Capitals eliminate defending champion Bruins

    Capitals eliminate defending champion Bruins
    Washington advances in 7 games past the defending champion Boston Bruins after Joel Ward scores on a rebound 2:57 into overtime. The 2-1 victory brought an end to the first ever playoff series in NHL history in which all seven games were decided by only one goal.
  • Rangers advance past Ottawa

    Rangers advance past Ottawa
    Defencemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi score 4:18 apart in the second period, and Henrik Lundqvist makes 26 saves as the New York Rangers beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in game 7 and advance to the next round.
  • Devils knockout Florida in 7

    Devils knockout Florida in 7
    New Jersey rookie Adam Henrique scores two goals in Game 7, including the series-winning goal 3:47 into double overtime, to defeat Florida 3–2 and advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
  • Rangers block their way to conference semifinals

    Rangers block their way to conference semifinals
    The Rangers block a total of 155 shots, en-route to eliminating the Senators in 7 games. Their next opponent the Capitals blocked the 2nd most at 139 shots.
  • Quick on top after Kings win

    Quick on top after Kings win
    Jonathan Quick moves to 5-1 with a 1.49 goals-against average and .955 save percentage through six playoff games.
  • Rookie Kreider sets record

    Rookie Kreider sets record
    Rangers rookie Chris Kreider scores the game-winner in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series with Washington, making him the first player in NHL history whose first two goals were playoff game winners.
  • Rangers need third overtime to take game 3

    Rangers need third overtime to take game 3
    Marian Gaborik scores his first goal in nine games at 14:41 of the third overtime to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory and a 2-1 series lead against Washington. The contest was the 20th longest overtime game in NHL playoff history.
  • Predators suspended Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn

    Predators suspended Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn
    Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn are suspended for Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Phoenix after breaking a team curfew. Radulov is tied for the team lead in points with 6 while Kostitsyn has 4.
  • Kings move on to conference finals

    Kings move on to conference finals
    Dustin Brown scores twice to sweep the St. Louis Blues and advance the Kings to the conference finals for the first time in 19 years. The goals were Brown’s 6th and 11th point, despite playing only nine games.
  • Kings win sets playoff record

    Kings win sets playoff record
    The Kings victory is the first time in NHL history the 8th seed has defeated both the 1st and 2nd seeds.
  • Ward penalty hands Rangers game 6

    Ward penalty hands Rangers game 6
    With 21.3 seconds remaining and Washington leading 2–1, Capitals forward Joel Ward takes a double-minor penalty for high-sticking. On the ensuing power-play, Brad Richards scores the game-tying goal with 7.6 seconds left in regulation, the latest game-tying playoff goal in Rangers franchise history. The Rangers remain on the power play to start the overtime period, and defenseman Marc Staal scores the game-winning goal at 1:35, completing the comeback.
  • Coyotes move on to next round

    Coyotes move on to next round
    Martin Hanzal scores the winner in the Coyotes 2-1 win to clinch their series with Nashville in 5. The Coyotes advance to their first ever conference finals in team history.
  • Devils eliminate Philadelphia in 5

    Devils eliminate Philadelphia in 5
    A pair of fortunate bounces 3:18 apart in the first period earn the Devils a series-clinching 3-1 victory and a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2003.
  • Rangers win second consecutive game 7 of playoffs

    Rangers win second consecutive game 7 of playoffs
    Michael Del Zotto scored the winning goal midway through the third period to give the Rangers a 2-1 win and clinch the series. Through their first 14 games of the playoffs, the Rangers did not allow more than three goals in any of their games, setting an NHL record.
  • Kings set new road record in playoffs

    Kings set new road record in playoffs
    The Kings defeat Phoenix 4-0 to tie the NHL record for road wins in the playoffs with 9 (dating back to last year). They share the record with the 1982-83 Islanders.
  • Kopitar top playmaker in playoffs

    Kopitar top playmaker in playoffs
    Anze Kopitar ties for the playoff lead in assists with 9 and Jeff Carter scores a hat-trick as the L.A. Kings take both games in Phoenix and a 2-0 series lead.
  • Brodeur leads Devils in win over New York

    Brodeur leads Devils in win over New York
    Martin Brodeur makes his 184th consecutive playoff start in the Devils 3-2 win over New York, tying their series up at 1. Rangers rookie Chris Kreider scored his fourth goal of the playoffs and becomes the second player in NHL history to score four playoff goals before he has played a regular-season game. The other is Eddie Mazur, who played for the Montreal Canadiens in the early 1950s.
  • Kings put Coyotes on brink

    Kings put Coyotes on brink
    Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown move to +12 and share the league lead in +/- as the Kings 2-1 victory puts them on the brink of a first ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance.
  • Kreider sets another record

    Kreider sets another record
    Rangers rookie forward Chris Kreider scores his fifth goal and seventh point of the playoffs to set an NHL record for goals and points by a player in the playoffs before his first regular season game. The Rangers win the game 3-0, with Henrik Lundqvist making 21 saves to record his sixth career playoff shutout.
  • Kings return to Stanley Cup Final after 20 year absence

    Kings return to Stanley Cup Final after 20 year absence
    Dustin Penner's goal at 17:42 of overtime gives the L.A. Kings a 4–3 victory to win the series. The Game 5 win extended the Kings' road playoff winning streak to ten games, eight of which came this season, both setting NHL playoff records.
  • Kings set record advancing to cup final

    Kings set record advancing to cup final
    The L.A. Kings become only the second team to knock off the top three seeds in the conference since the league switched to the current playoff format. The other was Calgary in 2004. Kings coach Darryl Sutter was behind the bench for that Flames team as well.
  • Devils a win away from cup final

    Devils a win away from cup final
    The Rangers nearly pull off an unlikely victory after New Jersey squander a 3-goal first period lead. Ryan Carter puts New Jersey in front with 4:24 remaining in regulation, and Zach Parise adds another into an empty-net to help give New Jersey a 5-3 victory and 3-2 series lead.
  • Henrique goal sends Devils to cup final

    Henrique goal sends Devils to cup final
    Eighteen years ago to the day, Martin Brodeur found himself with his Devils holding a 3-2 lead over the Rangers in the east finals. The series would not end well for New Jersey and the ghosts of that loss have lingered since. Fast-forward to 2012, and an Adam Henrique goal 63 seconds into overtime gives the Devils a 3-2 win, and a matchup with the L.A. Kings for the Stanley Cup. Martin Brodeur makes 33 saves in his 199th career playoff game.
  • Henrique, Kovalchuk set Devils record

    Henrique, Kovalchuk set Devils record
    Adam Henrique sets a new franchise record for points by a rookie in a single playoff year with 11, passing Scott Gomez's mark set in the 2000 playoffs. Ilya Kovalchuk registers his fifth power-play goal this postseason, tying a club record set by Mark Johnson in 1988, and Jason Arnott in 2001.
  • Kings begin cup final with overtime victory

    Kings begin cup final with overtime victory
    Anze Kopitar's breakaway goal 8:13 into overtime gives the L.A. Kings a 2-1 win against the New Jersey Devils. Los Angeles pick up their nineth road win in a row, and are 3 wins away from their first Stanley Cup championship since inception in 1967.
  • Kings continue strong road play

    Kings continue strong road play
    The L.A. Kings become the first team in history to go 10-0 on the road in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jeff Carter scores at 13:42 of overtime to give the Kings a 2-1 win and 2-0 series lead.
  • Kings 1 win away from first Stanley Cup

    Kings 1 win away from first Stanley Cup
    Jonathan Quick makes 22 saves for his team-record third shutout of the playoffs to give Los Angeles a 3-0 series lead. The Kings have lead 3-0 in each of the first three rounds - the first time that's ever happened in the 25 years since the NHL went to a best-of-seven series format throughout the playoffs.
  • Deveils send series to fifth game

    Deveils send series to fifth game
    Rookie Adam Henrique continues his strong postseason form by scoring his third game-winner of the playoffs to help New Jersey defeat the Kings 3-1 in Game 4. The Devils become only the sixth team in 26 tries to avoid a sweep in the Stanley Cup Final after falling behind 3-0 in the series.
  • New Jersey comeback continues with home win

    New Jersey comeback continues with home win
    The New Jersey Devils become the first team since 1945 to force a Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Final after losing the first three. Devils goalie Martin Brodeur makes 25 saves and Zach Parise scores his first goal and point of the series to give New Jersey a 2-1 victory.
  • Kings beat Devils to win Stanley Cup

    Kings beat Devils to win Stanley Cup
    L.A. Kings crowned Stanley Cup champions The Los Angeles Kings finally put away the New Jersey Devils and won the franchise's first Stanley Cup in its 45-year history with a 6-1 victory in Game 6 Monday. The win comes after consecutive victories by the Devils in Games 4 and 5.
  • Kings goalie Jonathan Quick named Conn Smythe Trophy winner

    Kings goalie Jonathan Quick named Conn Smythe Trophy winner
    Kings goalie Jonathan Quick wins Conn Smythe Los Angeles Kings netminder Jonathan Quick was a major factor in the team's playoff run that culminated in a Stanley Cup win, and was rewarded by being named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP.