Jordan Binnington is one win from his 15th in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the St. Louis Blues, an NHL rookie record shared by Patrick Roy (15-5 with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986), Ron Hextall (15-11 with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1987), Cam Ward (15-8 with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006) and Matt Murray (15-6 with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016). All except Hextall won the Stanley Cup.
The Blues visit the Boston Bruins for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) with the best-of-7 series tied.
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A victory also would give Binnington his ninth on the road and break a tie with Hextall for most by a rookie goalie. He'd also become the fifth NHL goalie with at least nine road wins in one playoff season. Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils, 1995, 2000), Miikka Kiprusoff (Calgary Flames, 2004), Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings, 2012) and Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals, 2018) each won 10.
The Blues are 8-3 on the road in the playoffs. Five NHL teams have earned more in one playoff season: the 1995 Devils (10-1), 2000 Devils (10-2), 2004 Flames (10-4), 2012 Kings (10-1) and 2018 Capitals (10-3).
Bruins dominant at home
Home has been kind to the Bruins during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They're 7-4 at TD Garden, 9-for-36 on the power play (25.0 percent) and 26-for-29 (89.7 percent) on the penalty kill, outscoring opponents 37-25. Boston has also received production from "The Perfection Line" on home ice, where center Patrice Bergeron (six points; four goals, two assists), forward Brad Marchand (nine points; three goals, six assists) and forward David Pastrnak (seven points; three goals, four assists) have combined for 27.0 percent (10 of 37) of Boston's goals through 11 games.
Seventeen different Bruins have scored at least one goal at TD Garden, tied for the most in one playoff year with the 1984 Edmonton Oilers, 1991 Penguins and 2014 Kings, each of whom won the Stanley Cup.
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The winner of Game 5 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is 210-58 (78.4 percent), including 5-3 in 2019, after any best-of-7 series is tied 2-2. The Bruins have proven adept coming off defeat, with four players averaging at least one point per game following a loss: Marchand (10 points; four goals, six assists in six games). Pastrnak (eight points; four goals, four assists in six games), Bergeron (eight points; four goals, four assists in six games) and defenseman Torey Krug (eight points; two goals, six assists in six games). Goalie Tuukka Rask is 5-1 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .940 save percentage following a loss.
Coyle could join select company
Bruins center Charlie Coyle can become the 14th NHL player with a goal streak of at least four games in the Stanley Cup Final and seventh in the expansion era (since 1967-68). Wayne Gretzky (1985), Mike Bossy (1982), Steve Payne (1981), Bryan Trottier (1980) and Johnny Bucyk (1970) each scored in four consecutive Final games. Yvan Cournoyer holds the NHL record of five in a row for the Montreal Canadiens in 1973.
Coyle's nine postseason goals are tied with Bergeron for the Bruins lead.