Last night the Stanley Cup Finals began with Game One underway at the Staple Center. I don’t think it was a surprise for many that the game went into overtime after a hard fought game by both the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings.
If the NHL is looking for a coast to coast drag out battle for the Stanley Cup – game one can be a good indicator of how this series could end up going.
Home ice advantage has its benefits so far, with the Los Angeles Kings taking a 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals – with a Justin Williams overtime winner that capped a three goal comeback for the Kings.
With game one of the Stanley Cup Finals going into overtime – the question is now, how many of these games in the Stanley Cup Finals will go into overtime? Last night’s contest was the 24th game in these playoffs that has needed extra time.
Los Angeles Kings Path to the Stanley Cup Finals
The Los Angeles Kings have needed four overtime games to get to the Stanley Cup Finals – one of those overtimes going double. That is four games out of a total of 21 playoff games for the Los Angeles Kings.
Last nights game makes it 5 out of 22.
The Los Angeles Kings have needed seven games in each of the first three series to advance – will they once again need seven games to win the Stanley Cup or have played all the extra hockey in the summer and come up just short?
New York Rangers Path to the Stanley Cup Finals
While the Kings needed seven games in each series, the Montreal Canadiens only took the New York Rangers to six games, meaning one less game played for the Rangers. One less game played, and one less overtime contest as well. In twenty-one games, the New York Rangers have four overtime games under their belt.
Can the New York Rangers once again overcome adversity and regain control – or will the tank be empty when the time is needed?
Stanley Cup Finals OT history
In the last five years, (six playoff series counting the 2014 that has just started) only one year did we not see any overtime and that was the 2009 series – where every game in the seven game series ended in regulation.
Last year saw three games go into extra time, two the year before that and in 2010, and just one overtime game in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.
Will we see more overtime this year?