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Fact File: Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals

Jun 2, 2012, 11:40 PM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 02: The National Anthem is performed prior to during Game Two of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on June 2, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Getty Images

Once again, the Los Angeles Kings have managed to defeat the New Jersey Devils in overtime by a 2-1 scoreline.

When the Devils lost Game 1, their situation was bad — now, it’s dire. Only two teams have ever won the Stanley Cup finals after conceding Games 1 and 2 at home: The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs (who overcame a 0-3 series deficit) and the 1966 Montreal Canadiens.

Here are a few more facts to chew on:

– The Kings are now 10-0 on the road in these playoffs. No team has ever won 10 straight road games in a single playoff run. On top of that, they are tied for the record for total playoff road victories in a single postseason.

– The Kings have taken a 2-0 series lead in all four of their series.

– The last time the Stanley Cup finals kicked off with back-to-back overtime games was in 1951. Back then, there were just six NHL teams, Gordie Howe was the scoring leader, and the Toronto Maple Leafs hoisted Lord Stanley’s Mug.

– All five of Jeff Carter‘s postseason goals have come in Game 2 of series. We’ll see if he can break that trend later in the Stanley Cup finals.

– There have been nine power plays in the Stanley Cup finals, but no goals. Both teams have been incredibly ineffective with the man advantage.

– 49 postseason games have been decided by just one goal, which is two shy of the NHL record.

– On top of that, the road team has won 46 times in the playoffs, which ties the NHL record.

– Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux and Danny Briere (eight) are still the playoff goal leaders.

  1. manchestermiracle - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    You could say the Kings have “been incredibly ineffective” on the PP, but they’ve been weak there all playoffs. The Devils aren’t scoring on the PP because the Kings have a very good PK unit. In addition, the Kings are a serious short-handed threat and that might be affecting the Devils’ PP as well…

    Philly’s Giroux and Briere are home planning tee times. Maybe if the Flyers had a defense to go with those guys their season might still be going on…

  2. hrudey - Jun 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    The Giroux and Briere stat is interesting. The other interesting fact that’s semi-related: the Kings have given up six fewer goals this postseason than the Penguins.

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