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First goal good omen for Bruins

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First goal good omen for Bruins
Michael Ryder's goal 5:27 into Game 7 Friday night was a good omen for the Boston Bruins.

Teams scoring first in the series have won four of the first six games. Boston scored first and won Games 1 and 2, then fell behind briefly after Arron Asham's goal early in Game 3. The Bruins trailed for just 1:39 before tying the game and going on to a 4-1 victory.

The Bruins scored first in Game 4, but Philadelphia tied the game just 3:29 later. The Flyers led for most of regulation before Mark Recchi's sixth-attacker goal forced OT, then got the game-winner from Simon Gagne at 14:40 of the extra period.

The Flyers scored first in winning both Games 5 and 6 and never trailed in their 4-0 and 2-1 victories.

The Bruins are also one of three teams to blow a 3-0 series lead but win Game 7. In the deciding game of the first best-of-7 series in NHL history, the 1939 Bruins won the first three games against the New York Rangers, lost the next three and won Game 7 on Mel "Sudden Death" Hill's goal in the third overtime -- his third OT goal of the playoffs.

Quote of the Day

He's been one of our top players all year. Tonight he was by far our best player. There wasn't anybody in the same universe as him.

— Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz on goalie Braden Holtby, who made 33 saves to shut out the Edmonton Oilers 1-0
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