Deeply-buried Stats

Some random stats from the Whale’s decisive Game Three victory over Bridgeport Sunday, as we get fully into time-killing mode before the start of the next round:

  • The Whale’s second-period total of 22 shots on goal tied a team playoff record for shots in a single period, set in the franchise’s first playoff game ever, April 17, 1998.  Remember that one?  It was the opener of a best-of-five series against the late, lamented Beast of New Haven, and the then Wolf Pack were being thoroughly outplayed and trailed, 3-0, going into the third period.  Then, the Pack exploded on the Beast in the third, scoring seven goals on their 22 shots on the way to a 7-4 win, the first in a three-game series sweep.
  • The 54 shots on goal Sunday represents the fifth-highest total in the team’s 124 all-time playoff games, in which the franchise is now exactly 62-62.
  • The overtime victory stopped a streak of five straight losses in playoff overtimes, since 3-2 home win over Portland in Game Two of the 2006 Atlantic Division Finals.

And, according to Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province (via Kukla’s Korner), former Whaler netminder Sean Burke is the new rising star among NHL goaltending mentors.  This is interesting, because I can’t think of another former goaltender of Burke’s experience (he played over 800 games in the NHL) who has gone on to become a highly-successful coach of the position.  It seems as though most of the famed goaltending gurus are more students of the craft, like the Rangers’ Benoit Allaire and his brother Francois.

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