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Fact File: Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals

May 30, 2012, 11:51 PM EDT

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NEWARK, NJ - MAY 30: Steve Bernier #18 of the New Jersey Devils challenges Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings during the second period of Game One of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on May 30, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Los Angeles Kings have taken a 1-0 series lead in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals, and that’s a very big deal because 76% of Game 1 winners in best-of-seven Cup finals have gone on to win it all.

That said, the trend has been derailed in recent years. The Boston Bruins managed to overcome a 1-0 deficit in 2011 and the Pittsburgh Penguins bounced back after surrendering Game 1 to the Detroit Red Wings in 2009.

A few more facts to chew on:

– The last team to lose Game 1 at home and still win the Stanley Cup was Tampa Bay in 2004. In the history of the NHL, only nine teams have ever bounced back in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals series after losing Game 1 at home.

– This was Martin Brodeur‘s 200th postseason contest. The only other goaltender to reach that mark was Patrick Roy (247).

Anze Kopitar netted his seventh goal of the season, but the 2012 playoffs goal-scoring leaders are still Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux and Danny Briere (eight). Not bad for a duo that hasn’t played since the second round.

– The Kings improved to 9-0 on the road in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, extending their NHL record for one playoff season. They have outscored their opponents 32-14 in the nine victories. The Kings have also won 11 straight away from home dating to the 2011 postseason, another playoff record.

– You’d think home-ice advantage would matter  if a game goes to overtime, but that hasn’t been the case lately. Road teams have now claimed 12 of the last 15 overtime games in the finals.

– There’s been plenty of talk about the benefits of blocking shots, but the Los Angeles Kings only blocked six in Game 1.

– If you’re a Devils fan looking for a silver lining, here it is: The last team to win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals in overtime was the Carolina Hurricanes in 2002. The Detroit Red Wings bounced back and ended up winning the series in five games.

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