The Boston Bruins will host Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final for the first time when they play the St. Louis Blues at TD Garden on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
The game comes 35 years to the day of the last Game 7 of a championship series held in Boston. Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics defeated Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1984 NBA Finals on June 12, 1984.
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This will be the fifth Game 7 in a championship series between teams based in Boston and St. Louis, and the fourth played in Boston. The Celtics defeated the St. Louis Hawks at Boston Garden in the 1957 and 1960 NBA Finals. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in the 1967 World Series and at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis in the 1946 World Series. Also, the New England Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams at Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans on Feb. 3, 2002.
This will be the 17th Game 7 in the Cup Final and 28th Game 7 for the Bruins since entering the NHL in 1924, extending their League record, but their first as host in the Cup Final. Boston is 15-12 in its 27 previous Game 7s, the most such wins in NHL history, including 14-8 at home. The Bruins are trying to become the ninth team to win a championship after trailing 3-2 in the Cup Final; Boston was the last to do so in 2011. A victory would give the Bruins their seventh Stanley Cup championship.
St. Louis, which has never won the Cup since entering the NHL in 1967, will play its 18th Game 7, surpassing the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals for the most among non-Original Six teams. The Blues also will play their 11th Game 7 on the road; only the Toronto Maple Leafs (16) and Montreal Canadiens (12) have played more. The Blues are 9-8 in Game 7s, including 4-6 as visitors.
Bruins look to build off 2011 experience
The Bruins have five players -- goalie Tuukka Rask, defenseman Zdeno Chara, forward Brad Marchand and centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci -- who were part of the team that won Game 7 of the 2011 Cup Final. A total of 84 players in NHL history have skated in more than one Game 7 in the Cup Final.
Video: Bruins discuss playing at home in Game 7 of the SCF
Chara is set to become the all-time leader by skating in his 14th Game 7.
Marchand, who had three points (two goals, one assist) in Game 7 against the Vancouver Canucks in 2011, is one point from matching Red Kelly (four points; two goals, two assists) for the most in Stanley Cup Final Game 7s.
Marchand and Bergeron, who scored twice in 2011, are among 15 players with multiple goals in Cup Final Game 7s. The only player with more is Henri Richard of the Montreal Canadiens, who scored three such goals in two Cup Final Game 7s (winning both).
Blues hope to end season with first championship
St. Louis will match the record for games played in one playoff season by playing its 26th game. Of the four previous teams to play that many games, only the 2014 Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup.
Video: Blues discuss playing Game 7 of the SCF in Boston
A victory would also be the 10th of the 2019 playoffs on the road for the Blues (9-3), tying a postseason record. They will also try to become the third consecutive road team to win Game 7 in the Cup Final, following the 2009 Penguins and 2011 Bruins.
O'Reilly tries to extend goal streak for Blues
St. Louis center Ryan O'Reilly leads all players in the Cup Final with seven points (four goals, three assists) and has a five-game points streak. He has scored at least one goal in each of the past three games. A goal in Game 7 would make O'Reilly the 14th player in NHL history to score in at least four consecutive games in the Cup Final, and first since Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers in 1985.
If O'Reilly scores St. Louis' first goal in Game 7, he would become the third player in NHL history (and first in 53 years) to score his team's opening goal in four consecutive games during a Cup Final. Toronto's Sid Smith did it in 1951 (Games 1-4) and Detroit's Norm Ullman matched that feat in 1966 (Games 3-6).
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Rask, Binnington ready for final showdown
Rask and Blues rookie Jordan Binnington will oppose each other for the seventh time in the Final and complete a postseason that has seen each goalie start all his team's games.
Rask, who had series-clinching shutouts in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round and Game 4 of the conference final, will try to become the first goalie in NHL history to have three shutouts in clinching games during one playoff season. He has allowed one goal on 96 shots against in Boston's three series-clinching victories.
Binnington can become the 14th different rookie in NHL history to earn a Stanley Cup-clinching win. The only three who did so in Game 7 are Frank McCool of the Maple Leafs (1945), Ken Dryden of the Canadiens (1971) and Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes (2006). He can also become the first rookie goalie to win 16 games in one playoff season.
The Blues lost 5-1 in Game 6, but Binnington is 7-2 in the 2019 playoffs in games after a defeat. The record for wins following a loss in one playoff season is eight set by Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1987 and matched by Nikolai Khabibulin of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames in 2004.