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Facts and Figures: Bruins one win from 20th Stanley Cup Final

Rask makes 20 saves to top Hurricanes in Game 3 for sixth consecutive victory

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The Boston Bruins are one win from their 20th appearance in the Stanley Cup Final and third in eight seasons (2011, 2013) after a 2-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Tuesday gave them a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Final.

Teams with a 3-0 lead in a best-of-7 series during the Stanley Cup Playoffs are 189-4 (97.9 percent) and 3-0 in 2019. The Bruins enter Game 4 in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) with a good chance of advancing thanks in part to goalie Tuukka Rask. He made 35 saves in Game 3, including 20 in the first period and 11 in the opening 6:30, to extend his winning streak to six games, the longest by a Bruins goalie since Reggie Lemelin won six in a row to help Boston reach the Cup Final in 1988. Gerry Cheevers holds the Bruins record of 10 straight in 1970, when Boston won the Stanley Cup for the fourth time.

The Bruins' six-game playoff winning streak is their longest since 1978 and tied for the third-longest in their history. They are 19-1 when holding a 3-0 lead in a best-of-7 series; their only loss was to the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

 

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Boston center David Krejci, who has six points (two goals, four assists) in a five-game playoff point streak and 100 points (36 goals, 64 assists) in 124 playoff games, is one point shy of passing Rick Middleton and Johnny Bucyk for sole possession of third place on the Bruins all-time playoff list. Krejci needs two points to tie Phil Esposito (102 points; 46 goals, 56 assists) for second place in Boston history. Ray Bourque is the Bruins' all-time playoff scoring leader with 161 points (36 goals, 125 assists).

Four teams in NHL history have come back from down 3-0 in a best-of-7 series: The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs (Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red Wings), the 1975 New York Islanders (Quarterfinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins), the 2010 Flyers and the 2014 Los Angeles Kings (Western Conference First Round against the San Jose Sharks). Hurricanes forward and captain Justin Williams played for the Kings in 2014. He had six points (four goals, two assists) in Games 4-7 of the first round en route to winning the Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy.

Video: Rask, de Haan, Marchand spark Tuesday night's action

 

Western Final arrives in St. Louis

The Sharks and St. Louis Blues play Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at Enterprise Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN360, TVAS) with the best-of-7 series tied 1-1.

The Blues are tied 1-1 for the fourth time in eight conference finals/semifinals, losing Game 3 to the Minnesota North Stars in 1968, the Calgary Flames in 1986 and Sharks in 2016. They're 12-19 in 31 previous best-of-7 series that were tied 1-1 (4-8 when starting on the road).

The Sharks are 11-7 in series when tied 1-1 and 6-0 when splitting the first two games at home. Forward Logan Couture leads the NHL with 13 goals and 19 points in 16 postseason games and is one goal from tying Joe Pavelski's San Jose record set in 2016. Couture can also become the first Sharks player to score 20 points in multiple playoffs, something defenseman Brent Burns (15 points; five goals, 15 assists) is also close to accomplishing.

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