Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Cup finals Game 7: Playoff points to watch
By ESPN Stats & Information
- This is the 16th Game 7 in Stanley Cup finals history and the sixth since 2000.
- Boston has never played in a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup finals. Vancouver is 0-1 in Game 7s in the finals.
- The Bruins are the 10th team to come back from a 2-0 series deficit to force a Game 7 in the Cup finals. Three of the past nine teams won the Cup.
- Home clubs are 6-0 in the Cup finals for the sixth time since the best-of-seven format began in 1939. The home team went on to win Game 7 in three of the previous five series.
- Home teams are 12-3 all time in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
- The Bruins have not trailed by more than one goal in this series. Two teams have lost a best-of-seven series in the finals despite never falling behind by more than one goal in the series, according to Elias (1951 Canadiens lost in five games, and 1968 Blues lost in four games).
- No team has played in a Cup finals series that went seven games without trailing by more than one goal, according to Elias.
- The Canucks are 3-5 in this postseason in games in which they had a chance to clinch the series; the five losses ties the NHL record for one playoff year (1942 Red Wings, 2010 Bruins).
- The Bruins are just the third NHL team to play in three Game 7s in one postseason (2002 Avs, 1993 Leafs).
- The home team has won 29 of 37 games in the Cup finals since the lockout.
- The Canucks have been outscored 19-8 in this series. Only four teams have won the Cup while being outscored in the finals, according to Elias (2009 Penguins, minus-3; 2004 Lightning, minus-1; 1928 Rangers, minus-1; 1918 Arenas, minus-3).
- The team that has scored first has won every game in this series. There have been only two best-of-seven Cup finals series in which the first team to score won every game, according to Elias.
- Roberto Luongo is 3-0 at home with a .979 save percentage and two goals allowed. He is 0-3 on the road with a .773 save percentage and 15 goals allowed.
- Luongo is one of 10 goalies who have recorded multiple shutouts in the Cup finals. Only two goalies have recorded three shutouts in the Cup finals (Frank McCool in 1945 and Martin Brodeur in 2003).
- Tim Thomas' 761 saves this postseason are the most all time in one playoff season. The 812 shots he has faced are the second most a goalie has faced in a single postseason.
- If the Canucks win, it will end the longest Cup drought for a Canadian team (16 seasons).
- If the Bruins win, Boston-area teams will have won a championship in all four major sports in the past seven years. No city has achieved that feat.
- Each year there has been an Olympics hosted by an American or Canadian city, with the exception of the 2002 Winter Games and 1904 Summer Games, a sports team from that state or province either won a title or advanced to the championship round that year or the following year.