It took just a total of 21GMS to eliminate four Western Conference teams from playoff contention. Three series went five games, while the longest series was between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Chicago Blackhawks spanning six games. Three of the top four seeds advanced, as Vancouver was eliminated by the KIngs, in the biggest upset of the first round. In today’s post, we breakdown the stats and stars from each series.
(1) VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS (8) LOS ANGELES KINGS - LA KINGS WIN 4-1
- Game 1: Los Angeles 4 – Vancouver 2
- Game 2: Los Angeles 4 – Vancouver 2
- Game 3: Los Angeles 1 – Vancouver 0
- Game 4: Vancouver 3 – Los Angeles 1
- Game 5: Los Angeles 2 – Vancouver 1 (1OT)
- JONATHAN QUICK – 5GMS, 4W, 1.59GAA, 1SO, 172SA, .953SV%. We won’t be seeing too much of Jonathan Bernier for the remainder of the King’s season. Quick was the reason why they won this series.
- DUSTIN BROWN - 5GMS, 4G, 1A, +4, 4PIMS, 25SOG. The captain was clutch this series scoring four goals at key times. He must continue his play for the Kings to continue in the postseason.
- ANZE KOPITAR - 5GMS, 1G, 3A, +3, 5PIMS, 15SOG. Kopitar was impressive at both ends of the ice this series. Him, Dustin Brown, and Justin Williams led the way for the Los Angeles’s offense.
- HENRIK SEDIN - 5GMS, 2G, 3A, 4PIMS, 13SOG. Henrik was one of the few bright spots in this series fo the Canucks. He had five points in a total of five games this series.
- CORY SCHNEIDER - 3GMS, 1W, 1.31 GAA, 101SA, 960SV%. Cory was stellar in the three games he appeared in, giving his team a chance to win. Unfortunately for him, they couldn’t score.
- RYAN KESLER - 5GMS, 3A, -1, 6PIMS, 16SOG. Kesler had a decent playoff series but like most of his team, not good enough to win the cup. He is just in this spot to fill it, not because he really deserves it.
Overall, the Kings pulled out a huge upset. However, if it wasn’t for a goalie named Jonathan Quick, there is a very good chance that they would be golfing right now. The Canucks had another disappointing result after playing their way towards their second president’s trophy in as many years. Los Angeles goes on to play the St. Louis Blues in the second round.
(2) ST. LOUIS BLUES VS (7) SAN JOSE SHARKS - ST. LOUIS BLUES WIN 4-1
- Game 1: San Jose 3 – St. Louis 2 (2OT)
- Game 2: St. Louis 3 – San Jose 0
- Game 3: St. Louis 4 – San Jose 3
- Game 4: St. Louis 2 – San Jose 1
- Game 5: St. Louis 3 – San Jose 1
- ANDY MCDONALD - 5GMS, 4G, 4A, +2, 4PIMS, 18 SOG. Andy was out for a large part of the season with a concussion, and he took his late season surge right into the playoffs. He had eight points in just 5 games.
- BRIAN ELLIOTT - 3GMS, 3W, 1.37GAA, .949SV%, 98SA. Elliott came into the middle of the second game to aid the hurting Halak. He was outstanding and the Blues were victorious all the games that he played in.
- PATRICK BERGLUND - 5GMS, 3G, 4A, +4, 2PIMS, 12SOG. Patrick Berglund was excellent in both the offensive and defensive zones this series. That was reflected by his series leading +4 rating.
- JOE THORNTON - 5GMS, 2G, 3A, +2, 2PIMS, 15SOG. Thornton had a good series for the Sharks, recording a point per game pace. He also had the top +/- on San Jose which reflects his solid all round play.
- BRENT BURNS - 5GMS, 1G, 1A, +2, 4PIMS, 13SOG. Burns along with Dan Boyle were the Sharks’ best defenders this series. He didn’t gave a great regular season, but responded with a very solid playoff series.
- LOGAN COUTURE - 5GMS, 1G, 3A, -1, 19SOG. After his Calder trophy rookie season in 2011, Couture did not disappoint this past season, and carried his succes into the playoffs. He was second on the Sharks in points this series only behind Joe Thornton.
- Game 1: Phoenix 3 – Chicago 2 (1OT)
- Game 2: Chicago 4 – Phoenix 3 (1OT)
- Game 3: Phoenix 3 – Chicago 2 (1OT)
- Game 4: Chicago 2 – Phoenix 1 (1OT)
- Game 5: Phoenix 3 – Chicago 2 (1OT)
- Game 6: Phoenix 4 – Chicago 0
- MIKE SMITH - 6GMS, 4W, 1SO, 1.81GAA, 241SA, 950SV%. WOW. Just like Jonathan Quick stole the series from the Vancouver Canucks, Smith stole this one from the Blackhawks.
- KIETH YANDLE - 5GMS, 5A, +5, 2PIMS, 7SOG. Yandle put up outstanding numbers for the Coyotes this series. He has the most points out of all defensemen, and is tied in second for his +5 rating league wide.
- ANTOINE VERMETTE - 4G, 1A, -3, 8PIMS, 10SOG. Vermette was the top scorer in this series. Although he had a minus rating, he played a vital part in the Coyotes series win.
- JONATHAN TOEWS - 2G, 2A, +4, 6PIMS, 19SOG. There wasn’t really any *star* for the Hawks this series, but their captain, Jonathan Toews was probably their best player. He had four points and a +4 rating.
- PATRICK KANE - 4A, +1, 10PIMS, 16SOG. Patrick Kane also recorded four points this year. This season on paper he had the worst season of his career, scoring just 21 goals while adding 32 assists.
- DAVE BOLLAND - 2A, 2PIMS, 23SOG. Dave Bolland is on this list solely due to the shots he blasted. He nearly had an average of for shots per game and was strong in the offensive zone all series.
(4) NASHVILLE PREDATORS VS (5) DETROIT RED WINGS - NASHVILLE PREDATORS WIN 4-1
- Game 1: Nashville 3 – Detroit 2
- Game 2: Detroit 3 – Nashville 2
- Game 3: Nashville 3 – Detroit 2
- Game 4: Nashville 3 – Detroit 1
- Game 5: Nashville 2 – Detroit 1
- ALEXANDER RADULOV - 1G, 4A, +5, 4PIMS, 10SOG. After returning to the NHL from the KHL late in the season, Radulov came back in top form recording twelve points in fourteen games since his arrival.
- PEKKA RINNE - 5GMS, 4W, 1.81GAA, 160SA, .944SV%. Pekka Rinne continued his stellar play with an excellent first round series. He allowed just nine goals past him, and shut the Detroit offense down.
- DAVID LEGWAND - 5GMS, 2G, 2A, +5, 4PIM, 10SOG. Legwand was one of four Predators to have a +/- rating of over five. He also added four points tied for second on Nashville
- PAVEL DATSYUK - 5GMS, 1G, 2A, 2PIMS, 11SOG. Datsyuk was the best player on the Red Wings this series. No one played particularly well, and Pavel managed an positive +/- rating while scoring three points.
- HENRIK ZETTERBERG - 5GMS, 2G, 1A, -3, 4PIMS, 23SOG. Zetterberg was tied with Datsyuk for the team lead in points. He also had a series high twenty-three shots on target. Too bad Pekka Rinne was in the way.
- TOMAS HOLMSTROM – 5GMS, 1G, 1A, 2PIMS, 10SOG. Tomas is on this list not because he is deserving of a three star nod but because he was the next best player. He had two points in five games.