NEW YORK -- Two Stanley Cup Playoff series will be decided in a Game 7 doubleheader Tuesday when the Boston Bruins play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., ET, NBCSN, Sportsnet, CBC, TVAS), followed by the San Jose Sharks facing the Vegas Golden Knights (10 p.m., ET, NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVAS).
The past two playoff series between the Bruins and Maple Leafs have culminated in unprecedented Game 7 drama, both occurring at TD Garden. In 2013, Boston became the first team in NHL history to overcome a three-goal, third-period deficit to win a Game 7 (Boston 5, Toronto 4 ,OT). In 2018, the Bruins became the first team in League history to overcome three deficits of at least one goal to win a Game 7 in regulation (Boston 7, Toronto 4).
Five current Bruins appeared in both the 2013 and 2018 contests: goaltender Tuukka Rask, defenseman Zdeno Chara and forwards Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Krejci. Two Maple Leafs players have done so: defenseman Jake Gardiner and forward Nazem Kadri.
Chara (0-4--4 in 12 GP) is set to tie an NHL record by playing in his 13th career Game 7, joining all-time co-leaders Patrick Roy and Scott Stevens.
Most Game 7 Appearances, All Time
Patrick Roy 13
Scott Stevens 13
Zdeno Chara 12
Glenn Anderson 12
Ken Daneyko 12
Stephane Yelle 12
Dave Andreychuk 11
Nicklas Backstrom 11
Doug Gilmour 11
Al MacInnis 11
Alex Ovechkin 11
Mark Recchi 11
Most Game 7 Appearances, Active
Zdeno Chara, BOS 12
Nicklas Backstrom, WSH 11
Alex Ovechkin, WSH 11
Patrice Bergeron, BOS 10
Chris Kunitz, CHI 10
Milan Lucic, EDM 10
David Krejci, BOS 9
Valtteri Filppula, NYI 9
Dan Girardi, TBL 9
Mike Green, DET 9
Carl Hagelin, WSH 9
Anton Stralman, TBL 9
The Sharks (6-4 in Game 7s) will host a series-decider for the fifth time, having won three of their previous four contests on home ice. In their most recent appearance, goaltender Martin Jones stopped 20 shots as San Jose blanked Nashville 5-0 in the 2016 Second Round during their run to the Stanley Cup Final.
The Golden Knights will be making their Game 7 debut. The most recent franchise to play its first Game 7 was the 2018 Winnipeg Jets, who registered a 5-1 victory at Nashville to capture the Second Round series. Golden Knights center Paul Stastny tallied a pair of goals for Winnipeg, including the game-winner. Stastny has recorded 4-4--8 in four Game 7s overall.
Game 7 Trends
Of the 172 all-time Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
* The team that scores first is 128-44 (.744)
* Home teams own a 100-72 record (.581)
* Forty-one have required overtime (23.8%). Home teams have a 21-20 edge.
*More individual and team Game 7 statistics*