Monday, May 13, 2013
Things to know about Bruins, Game 7s
By ESPN Stats & Information
Here are a few things to know about Monday night's Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series between the Bruins and Maple Leafs at TD Garden:
• Entering Monday, 145 series have gone to seven games. On 70 occasions, the team trailing 3-2 after five games went on to win the series (48.3 percent). The Maple Leafs trailed this series 3-2.
• Games 5, 6 and 7 have been won by a team 24 times to win a best-of-seven series (previously done in the 2011 playoffs by Tampa Bay against Pittsburgh). The Maple Leafs are seeking to join this group.
• The Maple Leafs and Bruins each have won 12 Game 7s in their respective franchise histories. Only two teams have more: the Canadiens (13) and the Red Wings (14).
• This will be Bruins coach Claude Julien's ninth career Game 7 (4-4). That is tied for second-most all-time -- one behind Mike Keenan.
• Home teams are 87-58 all time in Game 7s.
• Oldest player to score a Game 7 goal? Boston’s Mark Recchi, who was 43 when he scored in 2011 against Montreal.
• The team scoring the first goal in Game 7 has won 107 of the 145 games (73.8 percent), including 76 of the past 95 (80.0).
• The Bruins will compete in a Game 7 for the eighth time in the past six seasons. In 2011 the Bruins became the first club in NHL history to win three Game 7s in one playoff year, eliminating the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals and finals, respectively, and toppling the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup final. Boston dropped a seven-game decision to the Washington Capitals in the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
• The Bruins and Maple Leafs will meet in a Game 7 for just the third time in their 89-season rivalry and for the first time since April 7, 1959, when the Maple Leafs skated away with a 3-2 win at Boston Garden to win their semifinal series.