NHL recap from day 30 of the playoffs Boston looks to continue run

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NEW YORK – The Western Conference certainly has entertained and thrilled fans and viewers this season. On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks escaped the Detroit Red Wings with a 2-1 OT win. The win was made all the more thrilling when the officiating crew waved off a goal in the last two minutes of regulation. The game was tense from the opening whistle through to the final horn.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULT

 CHICAGO 2, DETROIT 1 (OT); Chicago wins series 4-3

Brent Seabrook scored the game-winner 3:35 into overtime to send the Chicago Blackhawks to the Western Conference Final. The goal was Seabrook’s first of these playoffs, and also his first career playoff overtime winner.

 MORE ON SEABROOK’S OT GOAL

Seabrook’s tally was the 37th Game 7 overtime winner in NHL history and marked the fourth time a defenseman has scored a Game 7 overtime winner (Detroit’s Leo Reise in 1950, Boston’s Brad Park in 1983 and Pittsburgh’s Darius Kasparaitis in 2001). (Elias)

 THESE TEAMS LOOK FAMILIAR

The four teams advancing to the Conference Finals have accounted for each of the last four Stanley Cups (Kings 2012, Bruins 2011, Blackhawks 2010, Penguins 2009). The 1945 “final four” was the only other time in NHL playoff history each team won the Stanley Cup in the previous four seasons (Canadiens, 1944; Red Wings, 1943; Maple Leafs, 1942; Bruins, 1941). (Elias)

 KNOWING WHAT IT TAKES

The rosters of the four Conference Final clubs (min. 1 GP in 2013 playoffs) boast a total of 56 players who have their name engraved on the Stanley Cup (Kings 19, Bruins 18, Penguins 11, Blackhawks 8).

 GAME 7 – INSIDE THE NUMBERS

– The team that scores first is 111-38 all-time in Game 7s in the NHL playoffs (5-0 in 2013).

– Home teams are 90-59 all-time in Game 7s, including a 3-2 record this year. (Elias)

 SHARP-SHOOTER

Patrick Sharp’s opening goal was his seventh of the playoffs, which ties him with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis for the NHL postseason lead. Sharp leads Chicago in goals and is tied with Marian Hossa for the team lead in playoff points (11).

 ZETTERBERG HOT IN GAME 7s

Henrik Zetterberg scored Detroit’s lone goal, finishing off a slick two-on-one feed from Gustav Nyquist. Zetterberg has now tallied three goals and six assists in six career Game 7s.

 EXCELLENCE IN GOAL

Goaltenders Corey Crawford of the Blackhawks and Jimmy Howard of the Red Wings combined to post a 2.07 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in the series (Crawford, 2.00 GAA and .929 save %; Howard, 2.14 GAA and .937 save %).

 DID YOU KNOW

This marked the first time in franchise history the Blackhawks came back to win a best-of-seven series after trailing 3-1. (1-11).

 LOOSE PUCKS

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville earned his 80th career postseason victory (eighth on the all-time list)… Chicago improved to 43-38 in the 81 postseason meetings between the clubs… This series marked the 16th time that Chicago and Detroit had faced each other in the postseason, with Chicago owning a 9-7 advantage…Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen was in attendance wearing a Blackhawks jersey.

 SNEAK PEEK AT UPCOMING ACTION

All Times Eastern

 Saturday, June 1

Los Angeles @ Chicago, Game 1, Western Conference Final. 5 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS

Boston @ Pittsburgh, Game 1, Eastern Conference Final. 8 p.m., NBC, CBC, RDS

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