The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues will play the 17th Game 7 in the history of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) after Boston forced the deciding game with a 5-1 win at Enterprise Center on Sunday.
It's the first Game 7 since the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 at Rogers Arena in 2011.
The Bruins will host a Game 7 in the championship round for the first time in their 95-year history. Boston is going for its seventh Stanley Cup championship and St. Louis its first since entering the NHL in 1967.
Though home teams are 12-4 in Game 7s, the road team has won each of the past two (Bruins in 2011, Pittsburgh Penguins at the Detroit Red Wings in 2009). Boston owns Stanley Cup Playoff records for most Game 7s (27) and wins in Game 7 (15), including 14-8 at home. St. Louis is 9-8 in Game 7 (4-6 as visitors).
Each team has won a Game 7 during the 2019 playoffs. Marcus Johansson scored the decisive goal for Boston in an 5-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference First Round at TD Garden on April 23. Pat Maroon scored in double-overtime to give St. Louis at 2-1 victory against the Dallas Stars at Enterprise Center in the Western Conference Second Round on May 7.
Chara to make history in Game 7
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will play in his 14th Game 7 to pass Patrick Roy and Scott Stevens for most in NHL history. The 42-year-old captain has played the past two games with a jaw protector attached to his helmet after being hit in the face with a deflected shot during Game 4. Chara is 6-7 in his previous Game 7s; Roy was 6-7 and Stevens was 7-6.
Chara's empty-net goal at 17:41 of the third period in Game 6 made him the second-oldest player in NHL history to score in the Stanley Cup Final. Mark Recchi, Chara's teammate in 2011, scored three goals at age 43 against Vancouver.
Video: BOS@STL, Gm6: Chara scores on empty net
Rask stays resolute on road, elimination games
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who made 28 saves in Game 6, is 3-0 with a 1.34 goals-against average and .953 save percentage when facing elimination during the 2019 playoffs. He's also excelled on the road during this season's playoffs, going 8-3 with a 1.74 GAA, .948 save percentage and two shutouts.
Rask's 23 road wins (23-18, 1.97 GAA, .937 save percentage, five shutouts) passed Gerry Cheevers (22-19) for most in Bruins playoff history. His GAA as a visitor is the second-lowest in NHL history (minimum 30 games) behind Turk Broda (1.87).
O'Reilly, Pietrangelo reach Blues playoff milestones
Ryan O'Reilly scored a goal for the third straight game and extended his point streak to five games. His 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) ties Brett Hull (1990; 13 goals, eight assists), Doug Gilmour (1986; nine goals, 12 assists) and Bernie Federko (1986; seven goals, 14 assists) for most by a Blues player in one postseason. O'Reilly has seven points (four goals, three assists) in the Final, tying Frank St. Marseille (four goals, three assists in 12 games) for most goals and points by a Blues player in the Stanley Cup Final.
Alex Pietrangelo assisted on O'Reilly's goal at 12:01 of the third period for his 15th of the playoffs to tie Federko (1982) for the Blues record in one postseason. His 15 assists and 17 points are most by a St. Louis defenseman. Boston's Torey Krug is the only player with more assists (16) and only defenseman with more points (18) than Pietrangelo in the 2019 playoffs.
Video: BOS@STL, Gm6: O'Reilly scores to tie club record
Listen: Game 7 preview from NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast