Mason Backstops 31st-seeded ’06-’07 Predators in Five-Game Upset of 2nd-seeded ’47-’48 Maple Leafs

_____ Mason became the starter for the '06-'07 Predators in the middle of their First Round matchup, but now he's taking the reigns of the entire team. (Photo via Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chris Mason became the starter for the ’06-’07 Predators in the middle of their First Round matchup, but now he’s taking the reigns of the entire team. (Photo via Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The 2nd-seeded ’47-’48 Toronto Maple Leafs had the slight edge in opportunities in the series, but thanks to their play in net, the 31st-seeded ’06-’07 Nashville Predators were able to pull off this upset.

For TRONNA, the offense just wasn’t good enough. Only two players scored more than once for the Leafs, Bill Ezinicki and Harry Watson, both scored just twice. Only six other players scored during the series. Top line center Syl Apps led the Maple Leafs in assists with four while his linemate Howie Meeker was second with three. Apps and Meeker both totaled four points to lead the team in overall scoring while Ezinicki and Watson were tied with defenseman Jimmy Thomson for second with three points each. 12 total players registered a point, so there was balance for Toronto. Goaltender Turk Broda had his moments, but he was outshined by his Predators counterpart. He finished with a 1-4-0 record to go along with a 3.60 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.

For a long time, Nashville’s offense has been about getting production from everyone to make up for true offensive stars. That was no different here as over 10 different Predators scored during the series. Paul Kariya and David Legwand led the way with four goals each while Jason Arnott and Martin Erat were tied for second with two goals apiece. The third member of the Legwand and Kariya line, Steve Sullivan ended the series with six assists to lead Nashville while defenseman Kimmo Timonen was second with four. Both Kariya and Legwand tallied three helpers to finish right behind Timonen. All three of that top line, Kariya, Legwand and Sullivan, finished tied for the team lead in overall scoring with seven points. Timonen was alone in second with five points with Jason Arnott alone in third with four points. Chris Mason was stellar in net for Nashville and averaged almost 40 saves per game. He finished with a 4-1-0 record to go along with a 2.00 goals against average and a very impressive .950 save percentage.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. NSH – G – Chris Mason – 5 GP   5 GS   4-1-0   2.00 GAA   .950 SV%   6 Star Points
  2. NSH – C – David Legwand – 5 GP   4 G   3 A   7 P   +1   23 S   2 GWG   5 Star Points
  3. NSH – LW – Paul Kariya – 5 GP   4 G   3 A   7 P   -1   25 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   4 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#31 ‘06-’07 Predators 1 1 0 2
#2 ‘47-’48 Maple Leafs 2 1 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘47-’48 TOR – 3   ‘06-’07 NSH – 2   (1-0   ‘47-’48 TOR)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 TOR – 3:04 – TOR: J. Thomson (1) assisted by H. Meeker (1), S. Apps (1)
  • 2 – 0 TOR – 5:47 – TOR: G. Mortson (1) assisted by H. Meeker (2)
  • 2 – 1 TOR – 17:48 – NSH: K. Timonen (4) assisted by P. Kariya (11), S. Sullivan (6)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 1 TOR – 8:12 – TOR: B. Ezinicki (1) assisted by V. Lynn (1)
  • 3 – 2 TOR – 16:20 – NSH: J. Arnott (3) assisted by S. Sullivan (7)

 

3rd Period:

 

TEAM STATS:

#31 ‘06-’07 Predators

#2 ‘47-’48 Maple Leafs

2

Goals

3

27

Shots

39

PP

SH

PP%

PK%

GWG

B. Ezinicki (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Turk Broda (TOR)
  • 2nd Star: Howie Meeker (TOR)
  • 3rd Star: Chris Mason (NSH)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#31 ‘06-’07 Predators 0 1 1 2
#2 ‘47-’48 Maple Leafs 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘06-’07 NSH – 2   ‘47-’48 TOR – 1   (1-1)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 TOR – 3:47 – TOR: B. Ezinicki (2) assisted by M. Bentley (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 1 tie – 12:23 – NSH: D. Legwand (5) assisted by S. Sullivan (8)

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 1 NSH – 5:27 – NSH: D. Legwand (6) assisted by S. Sullivan (9), P. Kariya (12)

 

TEAM STATS:

#31 ‘06-’07 Predators

#2 ‘47-’48 Maple Leafs

2

Goals

1

29

Shots

60

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

D. Legwand (2)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Chris Mason (NSH)
  • 2nd Star: David Legwand (NSH)
  • 3rd Star: Steve Sullivan (NSH)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#2 ‘47-’48 Maple Leafs 0 0 2 2
#31 ‘06-’07 Predators 1 2 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘06-’07 NSH – 4   ‘47-’48 TOR – 2   (2-1   ‘06-’07 NSH)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 NSH – 4:07 – NSH: S. Sullivan (4) assisted by M. Erat (2), D. Hamhuis (5)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 0 NSH – 8:57 – NSH: M. Erat (4) assisted by S. Sullivan (10)
  • 3 – 0 NSH – 12:16 – NSH: P. Kariya (5) assisted by S. Weber (3)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 1 NSH – 0:46 – TOR: M. Bentley (1) assisted by V. Lynn (2), B. Ezinicki (1)
  • 3 – 2 NSH – 5:58 – TOR: H. Watson (1) assisted by S. Apps (2), H. Meeker (3)
  • 4 – 2 NSH – 8:41 – NSH: D. Legwand (7) assisted by S. Hartnell (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#2 ‘47-’48 Maple Leafs

#31 ‘06-’07 Predators

2

Goals

4

32

Shots

40

0/2

PP

0/4

4/4

SH

2/2

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

P. Kariya (2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Martin Erat (NSH)
  • 2nd Star: Steve Sullivan (NSH)
  • 3rd Star: Chris Mason (NSH)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#2 ‘47-’48 Maple Leafs 0 1 1 2
#31 ‘06-’07 Predators 2 2 0 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘06-’07 NSH – 4   ‘47-’48 TOR – 2   (3-1   ‘06-’07 NSH)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 NSH – 12:12 – NSH: P. Kariya (6) assisted by D. Legwand (10)
  • 2 – 0 NSH – 13:38 – NSH: M. Erat (5) assisted by S. Sullivan (11), J. Arnott (2)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 0 NSH – 3:53 – NSH: D. Legwand (8) assisted by P. Kariya (13), K. Timonen (5)
  • 4 – 0 NSH – 12:08 – NSH: D. Hamhuis (2) assisted by P. Forsberg (5)
  • 4 – 1 NSH – 15:00 – TOR: J. Klukay (1) assisted by J. Thomson (1), T. Kennedy (1)

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 2 NSH – 10:58 – TOR: H. Meeker (1) assisted by S. Apps (3), H. Watson (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#2 ‘47-’48 Maple Leafs

#31 ‘06-’07 Predators

2

Goals

4

33

Shots

43

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

GWG

D. Legwand (3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: David Legwand (NSH)
  • 2nd Star: Paul Kariya (NSH)
  • 3rd Star: Chris Mason (NSH)

 

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#31 ‘06-’07 Predators 3 1 2 6
#2 ‘47-’48 Maple Leafs 0 0 2 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘06-’07 NSH – 6   ‘47-’48 TOR – 2   (4-1   ‘06-’07 NSH)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 NSH – 1:32 – NSH: P. Kariya (7) assisted by D. Legwand (11), S. Hartnell (3)
  • 2 – 0 NSH – 2:39 – NSH: P. Forsberg (3) assisted by J. Dumont (7), K. Timonen (6)
  • 3 – 0 NSH – 3:01 – NSH: J. Dumont (2) assisted by K. TImonen (7)

 

2nd Period:

  • 4 – 0 NSH – 10:49 – PP – NSH: S. Weber (3) assisted by J. Tootoo (1), J. Arnott (3)

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 1 NSH – 2:08 – TOR: B. Barilko (1) assisted by T. Kennedy (2), N. Metz (1)
  • 5 – 1 NSH – 6:05 – NSH: J. Arnott (4) assisted by K. Timonen (8)
  • 5 – 2 NSH – 11:25 – TOR: H. Watson (2) assisted by S. Apps (4), J. Thomson (2)
  • 6 – 2 NSH – 14:00 – NSH: P. Kariya (8) assisted by S. Weber (4), D. Legwand (12)

 

TEAM STATS:

#31 ‘06-’07 Predators

#2 ‘47-’48 Maple Leafs

6

Goals

2

39

Shots

38

1/2

PP

SH

1/2

50%

PP%

PK%

50%

J. Dumont (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Kimmo Timonen (NSH)
  • 2nd Star: Paul Kariya (NSH)
  • 3rd Star: Shea Weber (NSH)

The ’06-’07 Predators are in their second straight UNP and have just passed how fair they went last year. They match the franchise mark of reaching the Third Round of the UNP where they will face either the 15th seeded ’95-’96 Colorado Avalanche or the 18th-seeded ’14-’15 Tampa Bay Lightning. The ’47-’48 Maple Leafs are the third different team to represent the city at the center of the hockey world. They are the third Maple Leaf team to now go out in their opening matchup as Toronto continues to look for their first UNP series victory.

Up next in the Second Round, the 4th-seeded ’70-’71 Boston Bruins face the 29th-seeded ’11-’12 Phoenix Coyotes!

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