May 14, 2014

Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens - Game 7 Notes

Courtesy of a NHL press release:

NEW YORK (May 13, 2014) -- For the ninth time in their 34 lifetime Stanley Cup Playoff series, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will face off in a winner-take-all Game 7 Wednesday night at TD Garden in Boston (7 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS). The winner will advance to the Eastern Conference Final against the winner of the Second Round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers, who contest Game 7 tonight in Pittsburgh.

No rivalry in major pro sports has featured as many Game 7 showdowns as Bruins-Canadiens. Other longtime "Original Six" rivals, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, have squared off six times in a Game 7, as have the NBA's Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Canadiens have won five of the eight Game 7s against Boston but the Bruins captured the most recent contest, a 4-3 overtime victory at TD Garden on April 27, 2011. Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban scored the game-tying goal with just 1:57 remaining in regulation to force overtime and Boston forward Nathan Horton tallied the series winner at 5:43 of extra time.

The Bruins will be skating in a Game 7 for the seventh consecutive season, establishing an NHL record. Boston had been tied with the Colorado Avalanche, participants in six consecutive years from 1998 through 2003. Of the eight Game 7s the Bruins have contested since the streak began in 2008, six have been decided by one goal, including four in overtime.

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will be making his 11th career Game 7 appearance, passing Martin Brodeur, Andrew Ference and Scott Gomez (10) for the most among active players. Boston's Claude Julien will be behind the bench for his 10th Game 7, tying Mike Keenan for the most in NHL history among head coaches.

Other Game 7 Notes

* Home teams are 91-61 (.599) in 152 Game 7s all-time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* The team that scores first is 112-40 (.737).

* 38 Game 7s have required overtime (38-of-152, 25.0%). Home and road teams are 19-19.

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