Stats & Info: Mark Recchi

Game 7 tends to bring out Bruins’ best

April, 25, 2012

Elsa/Getty ImagesTim Thomas is looking to become the first goalie in NHL history to record three Game 7 shutouts.
The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins will play the 141st Game 7 in the history of the NHL playoffs Wednesday, with two more Game 7s on tap for Thursday (Ottawa Senators at New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers).

The team trailing 3-2 after five games has gone on to win the series 67 times (or 47.9 percent of the time). The Bruins, Rangers and Devils will try and add to that percentage this year.

Speaking of the Bruins, they look to continue their Game 7 success against the Capitals. Boston was won its last three Game 7s. The Bruins 12 Game-7 wins are tied for the third most in NHL history (the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings each have 13).

If Tim Thomas can hold the Capitals off the scoreboard, he will become the first goalie in NHL history to record three Game 7 shutouts. Only two other goalies have registered two such shutouts (Patrick Roy and Curtis Joseph). Thomas shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks in Game 7s last season.

Washington has been less than stellar in these situations, posting a 2-7 record. Of the 22 all-time NHL franchises with at least five Game 7 appearances, only the Buffalo Sabres (1-6) and Phoenix Coyotes (0-5) are worse.

Game 7 between the Rangers and Senators is the seventh Game 7 between a 1-seed and an 8-seed under the current playoff format (since 1994). In the previous six, the 8-seed has won four times.

Steve Babineau/Getty ImagesThe Rangers have not won a Game 7 since the 1994 Stanley Cup Final.

The Rangers have not won a Game 7 since the 1994 Stanley Cup Final win against the Canucks. Meanwhile the Senators are 0-4 all-time in Game 7s.

The Devils are playing in a Game 7 for the first time since 2009 and the 14th time overall. It’s the first time they’ve played on the road in Game 7 since 2003, when they won at Ottawa en route to winning the Stanley Cup.

Florida is playing in a Game 7 for just the second time and first since 1996. That season, they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins (that year was also the last time the Panthers won a playoff series).

Overall Game 7 Notes
• 33 times Game 7 has gone into OT and the HOME team has won 17 times. The ROAD team has won 11 of the last 16 Game 7s that have gone into OT.

• Of the 33 OT games in Game 7, seven have been decided in double OT, one in triple OT and one in a four-OT game.

• There have been 25 Game 7 shutouts, 18 have been won by the HOME team.

• Home teams are 85-55 all-time in Game 7s.

• The oldest player to score a Game 7 goal? Boston’s Mark Recchi, who scored a goal last season against Montreal at age 43.

• The team scoring the first goal in Game 7 has won 102 of the 140 games (72.9 percent), including 71 of the last 90 (79.0).
The Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks 8-1 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, the sixth straight year in which a team trailing 2-0 in the series won at home in Game 3. Since and including the 1999 Stanley Cup Final, each year the series has been 2-1 after three games.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's tied for the second-largest margin of victory in the Stanley Cup Final since the NHL took control of the Stanley Cup in 1927. Elias also reports it’s the 11th time a team has scored at least eight goals in a Cup Final game. The last time it happened was exactly 15 years ago, on June 6, 1996 when Colorado beat Florida 8-1.

In Game 2, the Bruins tested Roberto Luongo up high just nine times, resulting in one goal. In the first period of Game 3, the Bruins had seven shots with two above the waist of Luongo.

Apparently they learned their lesson. In the final two periods, 12 of the Bruins’ 31 shots on goal were high on Luongo (39 percent), leading to five of their eight goals.

It's the Bruins' fourth straight win at home, but their first home win in the Stanley Cup Final since May 21, 1978 when they won Game 4 in overtime against the Canadiens.

After a scoreless first period where he allowed four rebounds to go back to the Canucks, Tim Thomas stepped up his game along with the Bruins’ offense.

In the second and third periods, 22 of the Canucks 29 shots were either rebounds that were controlled by the Bruins or stopped by Thomas without a rebound.

Thomas allowed six rebounds to go back to the Canucks in the final two periods.

The Bruins, who have struggled mightily on the power play in this postseason, scored a goal at even strength, on the power play and shorthanded. It's just the second time this postseason in which the Bruins have scored a power-play goal in consecutive games and first since doing so in Game 3 and 4 in the Conference Semifinals against the Flyers.

They are the first team since the 1991 Minnesota North Stars to score two shorthanded goals in a Stanley Cup Final and the eighth team all-time to do so in the Cup Final.

The Canucks allowed four goals in the second period, tying their most allowed in a period this postseason. Vancouver's Ryan Kesler was on the ice for all four Bruins goals.

Elias tells us that the 145 penalty minutes in Game 3 are the second-most in a game in Stanley Cup Final history. On May 22, 1986, the Canadiens and Flames combined for 176.

Burrows, Canucks finish B's quick in OT

June, 5, 2011
Alex Burrows had a part in all three goals including the game-winner 11 seconds into overtime as the Vancouver Canucks take a 2-0 series lead with a 3-2 win in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Burrows’ performance was even more magnified considering he was not suspended for his incident in Game 1 after allegedly biting Patrice Bergeron.

Every Stanley Cup Final since the lockout ended in 2005 has seen a team take a 2-0 series lead at home, but after the Boston Bruins led the Canucks 2-1 entering the third period, that streak was in danger. Especially since the Bruins entered Saturday’s game 6-0 this postseason when leading entering the third period.

The Canucks however had a different idea as Daniel Sedin started the comeback with his ninth goal of the postseason, which sent the game to overtime.

Then Burrows finished the job by netting the second-fastest overtime goal in Stanley Cup Final history. Burrows, who also scored in the first period, earned his third career multi-goal playoff game, but what’s interesting is in all three instances his second goal came in overtime.

The game-winning goal by Burrows was the second wrap around goal for the Canucks this postseason and the third “open net” goal allowed by Tim Thomas. Thomas is tied for the most open net goals allowed this postseason. Burrows now has 16 career playoff goals including nine this year. Entering this season, he had seven career postseason goals in 33 games.

The Bruins lose in overtime for first time this postseason (4-1) and have now lost four straight road games.

One bright spot was Mark Recchi, who according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is the oldest player to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Final at age 43 years, 123 days. The previous oldest was Igor Larionov at 41 years, 189 days in Game 4 of the 2002 Cup Final for the Detroit Red Wings at the Carolina Hurricanes.

The series now shifts to Boston on Monday for Game 3 where the Bruins are 7-3 at home this postseason. The Canucks meanwhile hold a 2-0 Stanley Cup Final lead for the first time in team history. In the expansion era (since 1967-68), only two teams have blown a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final: 2009 Red Wings and 1971 Chicago Blackhawks.

And in NHL history, teams are 42-4 when leading the Stanley Cup Final 2-0.