Some Monday musings to prepare you for a week that will see the continuation of the 2013-14 Stanley Cup final between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers as well as the Calder Cup final between the Texas Stars and St. John's IceCaps.
The Kings have exhibited no signs of slowing down in the Stanley Cup final, even though they required the maximum 21 games and two overtime wins to take a 2-0 series lead against the Rangers.
But will all this extra time catch up to them this week? The Kings have played an extra 81 minutes and 20 seconds in six overtime games and four of their last five games have been extended to extra time.
By comparison, the Rangers have played 45:12 of extra time in five overtime games.
First and last
If the Rangers are going to rebound in this series, they know they have to finish games stronger. The Rangers start strong, but haven't finished well. The Kings, meanwhile, have had so-so beginnings, but they have finished with a bang.
Here is a period-by-period breakdown of the Rangers and Kings in their respective playoff runs this spring (1st-2nd-3rd-OT).
New York 25-20-13-2--60 total goals
Opponents 11-24-15-3--53 total goals
Los Angeles 24-24-29-4--81 total goals
Opponents 25-23-16-2--66 total goals
Remebering Aurèle Bourgeois
When three RCMP officers were killed and two more hospitalized in Moncton last week, it reminded some in the hockey world of the time RCMP Corporal Aurèle Bourgeois was shot and killed in the line of duty 40 years ago.
Aurèle Bourgeois was the father of former NHL defenceman Charlie Bourgeois, who played 290 NHL games, mostly with the Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues.
Back in December 1974, Corporal Bourgeois and his partner, Constable Michael O'Leary, were shot dead while delivering $15,000 in ransom money in a kidnapping case involving the son of a prominent local businessman.
The officers unknowingly stopped the vehicle of the two suspects, were disarmed and led to the woods, forced to dig their own graves and then shot and killed.
Both suspects were convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Those sentences were commuted to life in prison in 1976 when Canada abolished the death penalty. One of the suspects was later paroled.
Charlie was 14 when the tragedy happened. His dad, who died at age 47, was his coach and after the killing, Charlie stopped playing hockey until his mother convinced him back to the rink.
The stay-at-home defenceman went on to help the Université de Moncton win a national championship seven years later in 1981. The Flames signed Bourgeois as a free agent and in his 12th NHL game he scored his first goal in the Montreal Forum in front of friends and family. Aurèle's favourite team just happened to be the Habs.
The younger Bourgeois later coached the Moncton Hawks to the 1993-94 Calder Cup final and his alma mater to the Atlantic Conference championship in 2004-05. Charlie continues to run a series of hockey schools called the Atlantic Hockey Group, a training ground he established in 1989 and where Sidney Crosby used to spend his summers preparing for his NHL career.
Maybe Scott Glennie's injury woes are behind him. The various ailments he has endured as a pro, including a knee injury he suffered in Dallas last fall, have certainly hindered him from fulfilling his promise that saw him drafted eighth overall in 2009 by the Stars.
The Texas Stars forward certainly kicked off the Calder Cup final against the St. John's IceCaps in fine fashion with two goals and an assist in the 6-3 win for the Stars on Sunday.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Winnipeg native has dressed for one NHL game, a couple years ago with the Stars. But since helping the Brandon Wheat Kings advance to the 2010 Memorial Cup final, he has mostly been an AHLer.
In the Texas Stars' run to the AHL final this spring, Glennie has six goals and 10 points in 16 games.
By the Numbers
0 - Power-play goals for Kings defenceman Willie Mitchell in 795 regular season games.
2 - Power-play goals for Mitchell in 85 career Stanley Cup playoff games.
10-1 - Record for Rangers when leading after two periods in this playoff run. Their lone loss when leading after 40 minutes came on Saturday against the Kings.
25 - Overtime games in the 2014 playoffs, just three shy of the record 28 set in 1993. The only other years with more than 25 were in 2013 (27) and 2001 (26).
229, 15 - Minutes, seconds, the span covering four games that the Kings have not led in the last four games. Their most recent lead ended when Chicago tied the score at 11:34 of the third period in Game 6 of the West final.
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