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Fact File: Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals

Jun 9, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

NEWARK, NJ- JUNE 9: (L to R) Mike Richards #10 and Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings before the game against the New Jersey Devils during Game Five of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on June 9, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

No team has come back from a 0-3 series deficit in the Stanley Cup finals since the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, but as Devils coach Peter DeBoer pointed out, it’s going to happen again eventually. Well, they still have a lot of work ahead of them, but the New Jersey Devils are halfway to a comeback after completing their 2-1 victory on Saturday.

Here are some interesting facts to chew on:

– For the first time in the 2012 playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings have lost on the road. Still, they set a new NHL record with their streak of 10 consecutive road wins in a single postseason run.

Zach Parise scored the New Jersey Devils first power-play goal of the Stanley Cup finals. In the process he entered a five-way tie for first place in the NHL with eight playoff goals. The other four players in that logjam are Ilya Kovalchuk, Anze Kopitar, Claude Giroux, and Danny Briere.

– The team that has scored the first goal has won all five games in the Stanley Cup finals.

– This is the 50th playoff game to be decided by just one goal. The current NHL record of 51 one-goal playoff games in a single year was established in 2007.

– With his game-winning goal, Bryce Salvador is now tied with Drew Doughty for the most playoffs goals (four) and points (14) among defensemen. Of course, it’s worth noting that Salvador has played in four more games than Doughty.

– Even with five games of the Stanley Cup finals in the books, the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings aren’t even close to the New York Rangers in terms of blocked shots. The Rangers blocked 365 shots in the postseason, which is 90 more than the Devils and 102 more than the Kings.

  1. vindicatus - Jun 9, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    You missed one more little know fact: Martin Brodeur was actually the back-up goaltender on that 1942 Leafs team. Time to do it again, old man!

    LET’S GO, DEVILS!!!!

  2. giantsfan428 - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Just another thing to think about when comparing Salvador’s and Doughty’s playoffs in terms of points, it should really also be noted that Salvador scored a grand total of 0 goals and had a whopping 9 assists in 82 games. Doughty, on the other hand, had 10 goals and 26 assists in 77 games. So the whole “Salvador’s played 4 more games than Doughty” thing, is a pretty stupid point. After all, Salvador played in 5 more games in the regular season than Doughty, and that pretty much means diddly-squat. It just means Salvador’s had a hell of a better playoffs than regular season, and the Devils have given themselves a shot to make a comeback for the ages.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      plus: Doughty = $6m, Salvador = 2,9m ;-)

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