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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Home teams dominating in playoffs

By ESPN Stats & Information

Game 4 - Stanley Cup finals
Blackhawks at Bruins, 8 ET (Bruins lead series, 2-1)


The Bruins look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead on the Blackhawks Wednesday in Boston. FROM ELIAS: Home teams are 58-25 (.699) this postseason, setting the NHL record for most wins by home clubs in a single postseason. The last time home teams had a winning percentage of .600 or higher during the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 1993, when they went 52-33 (.612).

* Bruins: 8-2 at home in 2013 playoffs (won last 7)
* Bruins: 7-game home win streak is NHL's second-longest this postseason (Kings, 8)
* Bruins: 11-2 in last 13 playoff games (both losses have come in OT)
* Bruins: killed 27 consecutive penalties dating to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals (all 11 in this series)
* Tuukka Rask (BOS): stopped 282 of 290 shots over last 8 games (.972 save pct)
* David Krejci (BOS): leads 2013 postseason with 23 points; equals his career-high for a playoff year (also had 23 pts in 2011)
* Patrice Bergeron (BOS): 66-30 on faceoffs in this series (68.8%)
* Blackhawks: 3-5 on road in 2013 playoffs (lost last)
* Blackhawks: lost 2 straight (8-1 in previous 9 games)
* Blackhawks: 0-11 on power play this series (6 straight games without power play goal)
* Patrick Sharp (CHI): 1 point in last 6 games (14 pts in 1st 14 games of postseason)
* Jonathan Toews (CHI): 0 points in series; 1 goal in 20 postseason games (0 in last 10 games)
* FROM ELIAS: home teams are 58-25 (.699) in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, setting the NHL record for most wins by home clubs in a single postseason. The last time home teams had a winning percentage of .600 or higher during the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 1993, when they went 52-33 (.612).

Highest Save Pct in Single Postseason
Last 30 Years (Min. 10 Games)
Year Conn Smythe?
Jonathan Quick LA .946 2012 Yes
Patrick Lalime OTT .946 2002 No
J.S. Giguere ANA .945 2003 Yes
>> Tuukka Rask: .946 save pct would be 1st on this list

Stanley Cup finals - Game 3
Bruins 2, Blackhawks 0 (Bruins lead series 2-1)


The Bruins took a 2-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup finals with a 2-0 blanking of the Blackhawks. Tuukka Rask pitched his second straight shutout at home and third overall this postseason. He’s allowed 1 goal or fewer in 9 of 19 games this postseason. Game 4 is Wednesday in Boston, but the Bruins should beware. The last time the Blackhawks were shut out this postseason (May 23), they won their next five games.

* Daniel Paille (BOS): 2nd straight game with a goal; had 2 goals in first 17 games this postseason. From Elias: Paille is only the second player in the last 17 years to score the winning goal in each of two consecutive games in a Stanley Cup finals, joining Fernando Pisani, who did that for Edmonton in Games 5 and 6 of the 2006 Final against Carolina
* Game 3 winners when series is tied 1-1 have won 21 of 25 series since 1939 when (1st year of best-of-7 format)
* Tuukka Rask (BOS): 3rd shutout this postseason (2nd straight at home)
* Rask: Allowed 1 goal or fewer in 9 of 19 games this postseason
* Bruins: 26-26 on penalty kill in last 7 games (since start of Conf. Finals)
* Bruins: 11-2 in last 13 playoff games going back to Game 7 of Conference Quarterfinals vs Maple Leafs
* Bruins: 8-2 at home in 2013 playoffs (won last 7)
* Patrice Bergeron (BOS): 7th goal this postseason (new career high)
* Blackhawks: Lost 2 straight games (8-1 in previous 9 games)
* Blackhawks: Shut out for second time this postseason (May 23 vs DET - won 5 straight after that loss)
* Blackhawks: 0-11 on power play this series (6 straight games without power play goal)
* Patrick Sharp (CHI): Only 1 point in last 6 games (14 pts in previous 14 games)
* Marian Hossa (CHI): Scratched before game (had 15 points this postseason - tied for team lead)
* Game 4 Wednesday in Boston
* Home teams have won 10 straight Game 3s in Stanley Cup Final
* Bruins have won 11 straight Game 3s (regardless of series)
* The Blackhawks power play in the Stanley Cup Finals has generated 8 shots on goal, two fewer than the Bruins recorded in Game 3 alone (19 shots overall). Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, who scored on the power play in Game 3, has out-produced the entire Blackhawks team this series with the man advantage.

Power Play Comparison
Stanley Cup finals
Blackhawks Bergeron
Goals 0 2
SOG 8 5<<
PP Time 18:54 8:27
>>Most on Bruins

NEXT LEVEL: Tuukka Rask allowed 2 goals on shots to the upper half of the goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, but hasn’t allowed one on 11 such shots since. His counterpart in net, Corey Crawford, has allowed all of his goals this series on high shots.

Corey Crawford and Tuukka Rask on High Shots
Stanley Cup Final
Crawford Rask
Goals 7 2<<
SOG 32 27
SV pct .781 .926
>>0 goals in last 2 games

* Tuukka Rask stopped all 28 saves for the Bruins, upping his save percentage to .946 in this postseason. If it holds, that would be the highest by a goaltender in a single postseason (min. 10 games) in the past 30 years.

Highest Save Pct in Single Postseason
Last 30 Years (Min. 10 Games)
Year Conn Smythe?
Jonathan Quick LAK .946 2012 Yes
Patrick Lalime OTT .946 2002 No
J.S. Giguere ANA .945 2003 Yes
>> Tuukka Rask: .946 save pct would be 1st on this list