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Bruins, Blues to play Game 7 with Stanley Cup on line

Boston going for seventh NHL championship; St. Louis seeking its first

by Sean McCullen / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues will play Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at Boston on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

It will be the 17th Game 7 in Cup Final history and first since the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 on the road in 2011. That was Boston's first Game 7 with the Cup on the line.

The Bruins won 5-1 in Game 6 at St. Louis on Sunday to extend the best-of-7 series.

"There is no time to be worried or nervous about this situation," Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy said afterward. "There are guys who never get a chance to play here, and I'll be [darned] if spend a second not being grateful and just playing the best that I can. Because I'll look back on it one day, and all you can do is be thankful for these opportunities. You've just got to go out and have fun."

 

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The Bruins, who will be going for their seventh Cup championship, are 15-12 in Game 7 in their history, including 14-8 at home. They defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 at home in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round.

Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara will play his 14th Game 7, passing Patrick Roy and Scott Stevens for most in NHL history. He has won six.

Center Patrice Bergeron has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 11 Game 7s to lead the Bruins.

Tuukka Rask is 3-2 with a 3.18 goals-against average and .860 save percentage in five Game 7s for Boston. All three of his wins have come against Toronto in the first round (2013, 2018, 2019).

The Blues, who have never played in a Game 7 in the Cup Final and are going for their first Cup championship, are 9-8 in Game 7 in their history, including 4-6 on the road. They defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1 in the second overtime in the Western Conference Second Round.

"If you told us around Christmas we'd have a chance at Game 7 in the Stanley Cup, I think anyone would take that, so we'll move on from this and go back to Boston," Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said after Game 6.

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Robby Fabbri has four points (one goal, three assists), the most by a St. Louis player in Game 7. The forward has played 10 games in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, none since Game 3 against Boston.

Fabbri, Vince Dunn, Pat Maroon, Vladimir Tarasenko and Colton Parayko are the only active Blues to score in a Game 7; each has one goal. (Defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who has not played in the 2019 postseason, has two goals in three Game 7s.) Maroon scored in the second overtime against the Stars.

Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington made 29 saves against Dallas in his first Game 7 in the NHL.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is 2-0 in Game 7, each win coming in the first round against the Maple Leafs the past two years.

Blues coach Craig Berube is 1-1 in Game 7. His loss came with the Philadelphia Flyers against the New York Rangers in the 2014 Eastern Conference First Round.

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