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Postgame Notes from Game 1
Posted: Thursday June 01, 2000 10:31 PM
Courtesy of the NHL
Game 1 harbinger
Since the National Hockey League implemented the best-of-seven championship format in 1939, the team winning Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals has gone on to win the series 79 percent of the time (48 of 61). Last year the Stars became the 13th team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup after dropping the opening game of the finals.
Explanation of disallowed goal
The puck entered the New Jersey goal at 7:09 of the second period but was disallowed by the Referees under NHL Rule 81 (Puck Out Of Sight).
Jersey's top line goes top shelf
The New Jersey forward line of Jason Arnott (2-2-4, +3), Petr Sykora (2-2-4, +3) and Patrik Elias (0-3-3, +3) combined for 11 points and a +9 rating in Game 1. They are New Jersey's leading scorers in the playoffs. Elias is first with 18 points (7-11-18), Arnott is second with 17 (6-11-17), Sykora is third with 16 (8-8-16).
Daneyko ends drought
New Jersey Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko scored New Jersey's second goal of the game, his first goal in 48 postseason games. His last postseason goal was June 5, 1995, Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final at Philadelphia, a 5-2 Devils victory. Daneyko, who appeared in his 126th career playoff game, is the only player to appear in every game in Devils' postseason history. He tallied his fifth career postseason goal.
A perfect 10
The New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars combined for 10 goals, the most by both teams in the series-opening game of the Stanley Cup finals since 1982, when the New York Islanders defeated the Vancouver Canucks 6-5 in overtime at Nassau Coliseum.
The New Jersey Devils' seven goals is the most by one club in a Stanley Cup finals game since June 6, 1996, when the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers 8-1 in Game 2.
Twice as nice
The Dallas Stars scored goals 12 seconds apart in the third period of Game 1, tying a Stanley Cup finals record for the fastest two goals by one team. Dallas equalled the mark of the 1935 Montreal Maroons and 1955 Montreal Canadiens:
0:12 -- Montreal Maroons, April 9, 1935: versus Toronto in Game 3 at Montreal. Baldy Northcott and Cy Wentworth scored at 16:18 and 16:30 of the second period in a 4-1 Maroons victory.
0:12 -- Montreal Canadiens, April 7, 1955: versus Detroit in Game 3 at Montreal. Bernie Geoffrion scored at 8:30 and 8:42 of the first period in a 4-2 Montreal victory.
0:12 -- Dallas Stars, May 30, 2000: versus New Jersey in Game 1 at New Jersey. Jonathan Sim and Kirk Muller scored at 7:43 and 7:55 of the third period in a 7-3 Dallas loss.