The Boston Bruins can become the 10th team in NHL history to win at least nine consecutive games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a victory against the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
The Bruins lead the best-of-7 series 1-0 and have won eight in a row beginning with a 4-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round. The 2008 Detroit Red Wings were the last team to win nine consecutive playoff games. Three teams share the NHL record of 11 straight victories: The 1992 Pittsburgh Penguins, '92 Chicago Blackhawks and 1993 Montreal Canadiens.
Boston hopes to win the first two games of the Final for the fifth time in its history. The Bruins defeated the New York Rangers 2-0 in a best-of-3 series in 1929, earned four-game sweeps against the Red Wings in 1941 and Blues in 1970, and won the Stanley Cup with a 4-2 series win against the Rangers in 1972.
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Since the Stanley Cup Final became a best-of-7 series in 1939, teams have taken a 2-0 lead 51 times and won the Cup 46 times. Two teams in the past 47 years have rallied from down 2-0 in the series to win the Cup: the 2009 Penguins against the Red Wings and the 2011 Bruins against the Vancouver Canucks. The Bruins are 2-1 in Game 2 during the 2019 postseason and 53-48-1 in 102 Game 2s (37-22 at home).
The Blues are also 2-1 in Game 2 this postseason (2-0 on the road) and 28-34 in 62 Game 2s (9-22 on the road). They've won their past three games following a loss and are 5-2 in that scenario in the postseason while outscoring opponents 19-13. Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington is 11-2-0 with a 1.81 goals-against average and .936 save percentage after a loss in his NHL career, including 5-2 with a 1.84 GAA and .937 save percentage in the 2019 playoffs. Those five wins trail only San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (6-3) for most this postseason.
St. Louis is also counting on Jaden Schwartz to continue the scoing pace he's established throughout the playoffs. The forward has 17 points (12 goals, five assists) in 20 games, most by a Blues player since Adam Oates (20 points; 13 goals, seven assists) and Brett Hull (19 points; 11 goals, eight assists) in 1991.