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Go Figure: Bruins head to their first Final Game 7

Monday, 06.13.2011 / 11:36 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Go Figure: Bruins head to their first Final Game 7
A look at some of the key facts and figures from Boston's 5-2 win in Game 6.
Boston did in Game 6 what home teams have done throughout this year's Stanley Cup Final -- win. The Bruins' 5-2 victory at TD Garden gave home teams a perfect 6-0 mark this year and sent the Final back to Vancouver for Game 7 on Wednesday night.

Here are some of the key stats and figures from Game 6:

0 -- Giveaways charged to the Bruins in Game 6; the Canucks were charged with five. It's only the second time in this year's playoffs that a team has gone a full game without being charged with a giveaway.

1 -- Times in their history that the Bruins have gone to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. This is the 15th time the Bruins have played in a best-of-seven Final; before this year, they had never gone to a seventh and deciding game. Vancouver is playing in a Game 7 for the second time in three trips to the Final -- the Canucks lost to the New York Rangers in Game 7 in 1994.

2 -- Goals scored by the Canucks in the third period of Game 6 -- one more than they managed in their first eight periods at TD Garden. It was also the first time in the series that the Canucks have scored more than once in a period.

3 -- Wins by the road team in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Home teams have won 12 times. The good news for the Bruins as they head for Vancouver; the last Game 7, in 2009, was won by the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.

4 -- Goals in the first period by the Bruins, tying a Stanley Cup Final record. Twelve teams had previously scored four times in the first period of a Final game, but the last time in happened was 1996, when Colorado did it in Game 2 against Florida on the way to an 8-1 victory. Boston scored its four goals in 4:14, setting a record for the fastest four goals by one team in the Final.

5 -- Losses by the Canucks in games decided by three or more goals, including three in the Final at Boston. Vancouver has won just once in six games when the winning margin was three or more goals; in the regular season, the Canucks were 20-6 in such games.

6 -- Times in the last 11 years that the Stanley Cup Final has gone to a seventh game. The 2011 Final is the second in the last three years to go seven games and the sixth since 2001. Home teams have won four of the first five.

7 -- Hits by Boston's Shawn Thornton, the most by anyone on either team. Thornton was credited with his game-high hits total in just 10:08 of ice time. In all, the Bruins were credited with 43 hits, the most they've had in any game of the series.

8 -- All-time regulation wins by the Canucks in Boston, their lowest total against any team. Monday marked the Canucks 57th game in Boston since entering the NHL in 1970; they are 8-41-7-1

9 -- Goals this spring by Boston rookie Brad Marchand, who scored 5:31 into Game 6 to trigger Boston's four-goal first period. He has the most goals by a rookie in one playoff year since Montreal's Claude Lemieux had 10 in 1986. The record is 14 by Minnesota's Dino Ciccarelli in 1981.

10 -- Consecutive wins by home teams in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. Home teams have been perfect since May 22, when Vancouver won 4-2 at San Jose in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

11 -- Victories by the Bruins this spring when they've scored first. Boston improved to 11-1 when getting the first goal by winning Monday night. The Bruins' only lost when getting the first goal came in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Tampa Bay.

12 -- Goals by Boston's David Krejci, who scored during a third-period power play in Game 6. Krejci leads all playoff goal-scorers this spring; his 23 points are also tops among all players.

15 -- Goals allowed in the three games in Boston by Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo, who was lifted halfway through the first period in Game 6. Luongo has surrendered 15 goals on 66 shots in Boston; in Vancouver, he has allowed just 2 goals on 97 shots.

17 -- Wins by the home team in the 19 Stanley Cup Final games in the last three years. The only wins by the visiting teams have been the Cup-clinchers by Pittsburgh at Detroit in Game 7 in 2009 and by Chicago at Philadelphia in Game 6 last year.

21 -- Consecutive unsuccessful power plays for the Canucks before Henrik Sedin's goal 22 seconds into the third period. Before Sedin's first goal of the Final, the Canucks hadn't scored with the extra man since midway through Game 2.

26 -- Times that a team has hosted Game 6 while facing elimination. The Bruins are the 11th team to force a seventh game by winning Game 6 at home. The bad news for Boston -- just three of those teams were able to win Game 7, and only two (Montreal in 1971 and Pittsburgh in 2009) did it by winning on the road.

32 -- Playoffs victories behind the Boston bench by Claude Julien, the most in franchise history by a Bruins coach. Monday's win broke a tie with Don Cherry, who came into this year as Boston's all-time leader with 31.

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