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Why the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs set a new empty-net goals record

NEW YORK -- With two minutes remaining in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals and his team down by a goal, Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen sprinted to his team's bench. About a minute and a half later, Gabriel Landeskog sent the puck into that abandoned net. It clinched the win for the Colorado Avalanche. But it also added to an unexpected NHL record during the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Through 76 games, there have been 41 empty-net goals scored, setting an NHL postseason record.