Ranking the 10 Most Incredible Statistics from the 2013 NHL Playoffs
Through three-plus rounds of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, there have been some truly amazing performances by teams and individuals alike.
Some of these performances have come on the score sheet, while others have come through non-quantifiable displays.
As it would be hard to rank these non-quantifiable team and individual showings in the playoffs, this article will stick to statistical performances.
Here are the 10 most incredible statistics from the 2013 NHL playoffs.
10. Detroit Red Wings' 20 Goals Against in Third Periods of the Playoffs
The Detroit Red Wings were masters of blowing leads in the playoffs—giving up 20 third-period goals in 14 playoff games.
That total was the most against any team in any period in these playoffs.
To put it in perspective for how uncharacteristic this was of the Red Wings, they gave up just 35 goals in third periods in 48 regular season games. That number in the regular season was the third-fewest given up across the NHL.
Fans might forget about this statistic for the simple reason that the Red Wings won against the Anaheim Ducks in seven games and lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games—marking a generally successful season.
But the Red Wings blew a lead in the third period of Game 6 during the series against the Blackhawks, costing them a chance to move on to the next round. Detroit fans will not forget how inconsistent this team was in the third period in these playoffs.
9. Brad Richards Was Benched for More Games Than He Had Points
Brad Richards, a player with a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup who is earning $12 million prorated with a $6.66 million cap hit should not come away with just one point in 10 games.
Or so New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella thought.
Tortorella was fired after the Rangers were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in five games, but the Richards question remains.
How does a player of such a high offensive caliber as Richards register just one point in 10 games? He had just 18 shots on goal, so that might be a big factor. But more importantly, he just didn't seem very confident or competent in the offensive zone.
Richards was benched for more games in the playoffs (two) than he had points (one).
8. Slava Voynov as the GWG Leader (as Per After Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals)
Prior to the start of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Slava Voynov was tied for eighth in goals in the 2013 playoffs.
But more importantly, Voynov was the outright leader in game-winning goals, with four.
Voynov may be forgotten about normally, as he stands in the shadow of Drew Doughty and other veteran players, but that's where he became dangerous in these playoffs.
He was not afraid to let shots go from the point, and he played a role in at least four of the Kings' nine playoff wins.
7. Sidney Crosby's Scoring Drought
The Pittsburgh Penguins were run right out of their own rink and out of the playoffs in a four-game series sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, two of the biggest offensive threats in the NHL, were non-factors in the series.
In fact, not only was Crosby a non-factor, he set a new personal worst in the playoffs—going three straight games without a point, per ESPN Stats and Info. That drought was later extended to four games in Game 4 and could not have come at a worse time for the Penguins.
6. Overtime Fever
If it feels like fans have been watching more hockey than usual in the playoffs, it's because they have.
There haven't been more games, but rather, more time spent playing each game—with each of the 15 playoff series so far going into overtime at least once (and some series featured multiple overtime games).
According to ESPN Stats and Info, that's the first time that it has happened since 1987.
Hands for those fans that weren't born in 1987?
5. Chicago Blackhawks' Penalty Kill (through Three Rounds)
The Chicago Blackhawks have been living on the edge, but so far, it seems to be working.
The 'Hawks killed 94.8 percent of opponent's power plays through three rounds, surrendering just three power-play goals on 58 chances.
While they gave up a power-play goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final to the Boston Bruins, the effectiveness of the Blackhawks penalty kill is still to be admired by any hockey fan.
4. Jaromir Jagr Goes 21 Years Between Appearances in the Stanley Cup Final
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Jaromir Jagr last appeared in the Stanley Cup Final in 1992, when he helped the Penguins defend their 1991 title.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, that is the longest such span between Final appearances in NHL history.
The fact that he never appeared in the Stanley Cup Final between 1992 and now has nothing to do with his personal abilities (he's eighth in all-time NHL scoring), but it's just the quality of the team and sometimes just raw "puck luck."
3. Pittsburgh Penguins Offensive Disappearance Between Round 2 and Round 3
The Pittsburgh Penguins came into the conference final against the Boston Bruins averaging 4.27 goals per game, with 47 goals in 11 games. They ended their season with just 49 goals in 15 games, dropping to 3.27 goals per game.
What happened to the Pittsburgh offense is a complete mystery, as the Bruins simply didn't allow the Penguins to get anything going in the offensive zone. When the offense did get going, players got shots blocked or they missed a wide-open net.
Not surprisingly, per ESPN Stats and Info, that offensive output of two goals in four games is the lowest total in Pittsburgh's franchise history.
2. Tuukka Rask's Goals Against Average in the Conference Final
Tuukka Rask let in just two goals in four games in the conference final, pitching two shutouts in the sweep of the Penguins.
Sam Carchidi, a beat writer for the Philadelphia Flyers, was likely only more than happy to point out that Rask's GAA in the third round was a microscopic 0.44.
Only one team, per ESPN Stats and Info, has given up less goals in a series than Boston did against Pittsburgh.
1. Last Four Stanley Cup Champions Were in Conference Finals
The Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings were in the conference finals this season. That marked the first time since 1945, per ESPN Stats and Info, that this occurred.
There were six teams in 1945, meaning it was a lot easier for this to happen. Now that's food for thought.
Just goes to show how hard it is to not only repeat as Stanley Cup champion, but also even to get to the NHL's "final four."
Getting hungry enough for a chance to repeat has been a struggle for many a team.
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