DAILY PRIME - MAY 16, 2012: IN THE SLOT
According to an article in the New York Times a few days ago, since the expansion of the NHL in 1968, no team that has played 7 games in the first two rounds has ever won the Stanley Cup. On the sports radio station WFAN this weekend they claimed that since 1968, 38 teams have gone to 7 games in the first two rounds, and every one of them has lost in the third round. 0-38. Wow! That is hard to fight. Will the New York Rangers succumb to fatigue in the third round against the Devils? They won the first game, but the Flyers did as well against New Jersey. Both Stanley Cup finalist's from last year were knocked out in the first round this year, Boston and Vancouver. Hockey is a demanding sport from a physical perspective. Ranger coach John Tortorella was really testy in his post game conference after game one when asked whether his team was tired. He knows the stats as well as anyone else. I think signing forward Chris Kreider for the playoffs was total genius, and a sign that the Rangers probably knew they were going to need fresh legs. Maybe he can help change the 0-38 curse.
***IN THE SLOT***FANTASY RECAP OF THE PLAYOFF NIGHT IN ACTION
- LOS ANGELES 4- PHOENIX 0: Jeff Carter spoiled the party for the Coyotes in Game 2, where he scored a "natural hat trick", and Jonathan Quick resumed his flawless play in the crease with a 25-save shutout. Carter's feat hasn't been accomplished by a Kings' player in the postseason since Wayne Gretzky in 1993. Meanwhile, Quick's third career playoff shutout tied him with Felix Potvin for the team lead. Obviously, Carter and Quick were the two-man wrecking crew that has given the Kings a commanding 2-0 lead heading back home.
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