Top Five Notes, NHL Playoffs – August 15, 2020

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The NHL postseason continued last night, with more exciting finishes, including a shutout and OT win.

Top Five NHL Playoff Notes 

The Price is Right – The Canadiens evened their Opening Round series against the Flyers at one, shutting out Philadelphia 5-0. Carey Price moved ahead of George Hainsworth into third place in franchise postseason history posting his seventh shutout.

Montreal Canadiens
Most Shutouts, Playoff History
ShutoutsW-LStanley Cups
Ken Dryden1080-326
Jacques Plante1059-286
Carey Price729-330

Power is BACK – Montreal & Philadelphia entered their series each struggling on the power play, combining to go scoreless in their previous 51 power-play chances. Each snapped their streaks in Game 1, but Montreal continued to improve in Game 2, scoring twice with the man-advantage. 

Candiens, Flyers, Team Comparison
Previous 13 Games, This Series
MontrealPrevious 13 GamesThis Series
GAA2.911
PPG-PPO*0-30*3-7
Goal Differential*-3*+4
PhiladelphiaPrevious 13 GamesThis Series
GAA1.693
PPG-PPO*8-28>>*1-8
Goal Differential*+27*-4
>>Entered Series 0 for last 21

Hughes is Huge – Canucks rookie defenseman Quinn Hughes notched his seventh postseason assist on Bo Horvat’s GW goal in OT. Quinn tied Boston’s Ray Bourque in 1980 for most points in his first six postseasons games.

Most Points, Rookie Defenseman
First Six Postseason Games
Playoff YearG-APoints
Quinn Hughes, VAN2020*1-78
Ray Bourque, BOS1980*1-78
Gary Suter, CGY1986*2-57
Marc-Andre Gragnani, BUF2011*1-67

Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes tied Ray Bourque for most points by a rookie defenseman in his first six postseason games.

Avalanche of points – Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon’s goal in the Avs 3-2 Game 2 victory over Arizona, stretched his consecutive point streak to five. MacKinnon’s 35 points in his first 30 postseason games rank third in franchise history.

Most Points First 30 Postseason Games
Quebe Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche History
G-APoints
Peter Stastny14-2842
Joe Sakic24-1640
Nathan MacKinnon13-2235
Anton Stastny13-1831
Peter Forsberg14-1630

Nathan MacKinnon’s 35 points is the third most in franchise history through first 30 postseason games.

Anthony’s Song – Islanders LW Anthony Beauvillier assist on Nick Leddy’s goal in the Islanders 5-2 Game 2 victory over Washington, gives him a point in all six postseason games. His seven points rank tied for fourth in franchise postseason history through the first six games among players age 23-or younger.

Most Points, First Six Games of Posteason
Age 23 or younger, Franchise History
YearG-APoints
Pat LaFontaine1988*4-59
Pierre Turgeon1993*4-48
Bryan Trottier1980*4-48
Anthony Beauvillier2020*4-37
Mike Bossy1979*5-27

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