The Stanley Cup Final will go to a Game 7 for the first time in eight years when the Boston Bruins host the St. Louis Blues at TD Garden on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). It will be the first time Boston has hosted Game 7 in the Cup Final since entering the NHL in 1924.
It's the 17th time since the NHL adopted the best-of-7 format in 1939 that the Stanley Cup Final has gone to a seventh game. Here's a look at some of the best performances from the first 16.
No team has scored more than four goals in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. It has been done four times, most recently by the Bruins against the Vancouver Canucks in 2011. Those Bruins are also the only road team to score four goals in a game.
The most goals by two teams in Game 7 of the Cup Final is seven. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the New York Rangers 4-3 in double overtime to win the Cup in 1950. That was also one of two times the Cup was decided in overtime of Game 7. The Red Wings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in OT to win it in 1954.
The 1950 Rangers were the only losing team to score as many as three goals.
The fewest total goals scored in the 16 Cup Final Game 7s is three. Four games have ended 2-1; the most recent came in 2009 when the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Red Wings. The other three-goal game was a 3-0 win by the New Jersey Devils against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.
No player has had a hat trick in Game 7. There have been 11 two-goal games, most recently by Boston's Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron against Vancouver eight years ago.
Jean Beliveau of the Canadiens scored the fastest goal from the start of any Game 7 in Cup Final history: 14 seconds into Montreal's 4-0 win against the Chicago Black Hawks in 1965. Beliveau's goal sparked Montreal to a four-goal first period; no other team has scored as many goals in any period of a Game 7 in the Cup Final.
The only player to have as many as three assists in Game 7 of the Cup Final was Montreal's Bobby Rousseau, who had three in 1965. That was one of five times a player has had three points in a Game 7. The most recent was Marchand, who had an assist to go with his two-goal performance against Vancouver in 2011.
Shots, saves, real-time stats
The Edmonton Oilers had 43 shots on goal in Game 7 of the 1987 Cup Final against the Philadelphia Flyers, the most by any team since 1959-60. Flyers goalie Ron Hextall made 40 saves that night in Edmonton's 3-1 win, the most since 1955-56.
There have been four shutouts in Game 7 of the Cup Final. Tim Thomas made 37 saves in Boston's 4-0 win at Vancouver, the most in any of those four games.
Since 1998-99, the most time on ice by any player in Game 7 of the Cup Final is 29:44 by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote in 2001 against the Devils. In 2009, the Red Wings and Penguins combined for 79 hits, the most by two teams.