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Facts and Figures: Rask can resume historic pace for Bruins in Cup Final

Goalie enters Game 4 at Blues looking to pass Cheevers for most road playoff wins in team history

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The Boston Bruins play Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) looking to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series, with goalie Tuukka Rask playing at an historic pace on the road.

Rask is 7-2 away from home in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most road victories in Bruins history in one postseason, and his 22 road wins (22-17) during his NHL playoff career are tied with Gerry Cheevers (22-19) for most among Boston goalies. He also has a .936 save percentage on the road in the playoffs, the best among goalies since 1955-56, when shots on goal were first tracked (minimum 30 road games). His 1.97 goals-against average as a visitor is second in NHL postseason history among goalies with at least 30 games played behind Turk Broda (1.87 GAA in 48 games). 

 

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Rask is 14-6 with a 1.91 GAA and .939 save percentage in the 2019 playoffs. Five goalies including Rask (.940) in 2013 have finished a postseason with a higher save percentage since 1956: Jonathan Quick (.946, 2012), Jean-Sebastien Giguere (.945, 2003), Olie Kolzig (.941, 1998) and Tim Thomas (.940, 2011).

 

Binnington seeks another bounce-back performance

Blues rookie goalie Jordan Binnington hopes to rebound after being pulled from a game (Game 3) for the first time in his NHL career (52 starts). Binnington is 6-2 with a 1.84 GAA and .935 save percentage during the playoffs in games following a loss and 12-2-0 in his NHL career.

Game 3 was the fourth time Binnington allowed five or more goals in an NHL game, all during the postseason. He's 2-1 in three subsequent games: a 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round and wins against the San Jose Sharks in Games 2 and 4 the Western Conference Final in which he allowed two goals and one goal respectively.

Video: Boucher on Bruins top line, Binnington's struggles

 

Odds and ends

A team has won Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final 27 times since it became a best-of-7 in 1939, winning the Cup every time. Teams have owned a 3-1 lead 34 times since 1939 and won the Cup 33 times (97.1 percent). The exception was the 1942 Final, when the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from down 3-0 in the series to defeat the Detroit Red Wings.

A team has won Game 4 to tie the Final at 2-2 25 times since 1939, winning the Cup 10 times including three of the past five times (2011 Bruins, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks, 2015 Blackhawks).

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