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Facts and figures for the Final

San Jose, Pittsburgh open 2016 championship series Monday

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The Pittsburgh Penguins will play the San Jose Sharks in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. Game 1 is Monday at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

It's the fifth trip to the Final for the Penguins but their first since winning the Cup in 2009. They advanced by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday.

San Jose, which entered the NHL in 1991, advanced to the Final for the first time in the franchise's 25-year history by defeating the St. Louis Blues in six games in the Western Conference Final.

Though the Cup has been contested since the 1890s, the best-of-7 format wasn't adopted until 1939. In honor of the 77th Cup to be decided under this format, here are 77 key numbers associated with the Final:

0 -- Penalties called in Game 6 of the 1942 Final between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. It's the only game in the history of the Stanley Cup Final in which neither team took a penalty.

1 -- Successful penalty shot in the Final. Of the 11 that have been awarded, only defenseman Chris Pronger of the Edmonton Oilers was able to score. He beat Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward in Game 1 of the 2006 Final.

1.000 -- Winning percentage in the Final for coaches Marc Crawford, Jacques Lemaire, Claude Ruel, Harry Sinden and Cooney Weiland. All five led their teams to sweeps in their only trip to the championship round; they are the only coaches who haven't lost a game in the Final.

1.67 -- Career goals-against average in the Final by Chris Osgood of the Red Wings, the lowest by any goaltender who has played 15 games or more since the red line was introduced for the 1943-44 season.

2 -- Goals by the Montreal Canadiens in 1952 against the Red Wings, the fewest scored by one team in any Final. Detroit, which outscored the Canadiens 11-2, swept the series in four games.

3 -- Stanley Cups won by the Penguins, the most by any of the six teams that entered the NHL in the first wave of expansion in 1967. Pittsburgh won in 1991 and 1992, and again in 2009.

4 -- Most goals scored by one player in a Final game. It's been done four times, most recently by Montreal's Maurice Richard against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the 1957 Final.

5 -- Overtime games in the 1951 Final, the only time every game of a series went past regulation. The Maple Leafs defeated the Canadiens in five games. Toronto won Games 1, 3, 4 and 5, and Montreal won Game 2.

6 -- Stanley Cups won by Montreal goaltender Ken Dryden in as many trips to the Final. Dryden helped the Canadiens win the Cup in 1971, 1973 and from 1976-79. He retired after the last one with a 24-8 record in the Final. His .750 winning percentage is the best by any goaltender who played 15 or more games in the Final.

Video: 1971 Cup Final, Gm 7: Dryden wins Conn Smythe

7 -- Victories by the home team in the 1955, 1965 and 2003 Finals, the only seven-game series in which the visiting team did not win a game. The 1955 Red Wings, 1965 Canadiens and 2003 New Jersey Devils parlayed their home-ice advantage into a Game 7 win to take the Cup.

8 -- Goals scored by the Vancouver Canucks in their loss to Boston in the 2011 Final, the fewest by a team in a series that went seven games. Vancouver pushed the series to the limit despite being outscored 23-8.

8-0 -- Final score in Game 6 in the 1991 Final, won by the Penguins against the Minnesota North Stars at Met Center. It's the largest margin of victory in a Final game and gave the Penguins their first Stanley Cup championship.

9 -- Most goals scored by one team in a Final game. It's happened twice. The Red Wings defeated the Maple Leafs 9-4 in Game 2 in 1936, and Toronto defeated Detroit 9-3 in Game 5 in 1942.

0:09 -- Elapsed time of overtime when Montreal's Brian Skrudland scored in Game 2 of the 1986 Final against the Calgary Flames. It's the fastest goal from the start of any period in the Final and the fastest overtime goal scored in any round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

10 -- Consecutive trips to the Final by the Canadiens from 1951-60, by far the longest-ever streak. The Canadiens (1965-69) and New York Islanders (1980-84) are second with appearances in five consecutive Finals.

10:19 -- Time needed by the 1984 Oilers to score the fastest five goals by one team in the Final. In Game 3 against the Islanders, Edmonton scored at 19:12 and 19:29 of the second period, then scored three times in the first 9:41 of the third.

11 -- Points by Paul Coffey of the Oilers in 1985 and Brian Leetch of the New York Rangers in 1994, the most by any defenseman in a Final. Coffey had three goals and eight assists in five games; Leetch had five goals and six assists in seven games.

12 -- Seconds needed by Montreal's Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion to score two goals in Game 3 of the 1955 Final against Detroit. It's the fastest two goals by any player in a Final game.

13 -- Points by Wayne Gretzky in 1988, the most ever by a player in one Final series of any length. Gretzky had three goals and 10 assists for Edmonton, which won the series 4-0, plus a suspended game.

Video: 1988 Cup Final, Gm5: Wayne Gretzky starts team pic

14 -- Seconds needed by Montreal's Jean Beliveau to score the first goal in Game 7 of the Final against the Chicago Blackhawks. It's the fastest Cup-winning goal from the start of a game. The Canadiens won 4-0.

15 -- Combined goals by the Blackhawks (eight) and Canadiens (seven) in Game 5 of the 1973 Final. It's the most goals scored by two teams in a Final game.

16 -- Seasons since a team has been able to win back-to-back Finals. The last repeat champion was the 1998 Red Wings, who swept the Washington Capitals to keep the Cup one year after sweeping the Philadelphia Flyers to end a 42-year championship drought.

17 -- Stanley Cups won by an overtime goal. The first came in 1933, when Bill Cook of the Rangers scored at 7:33 against Toronto in Game 6; the most recent was 2014, when Alec Martinez scored at 14:43 of the second overtime of Game 5 against the Rangers.

18 -- Combined goals by Toronto and Detroit in the 1945 Final, the fewest by two teams in a seven-game series. Each team scored nine times in seven games. Five of the seven ended in shutouts before Toronto won 2-1 in Game 7.

19 -- Points by Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux in the 1991 and 1992 Finals, when the Penguins won their first two championships. Lemieux had 12 points in five games in 1991 and seven points in four games in 1992. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy each time.

Video: 1991 Cup Final, Gm2: Lemieux's brilliant goal

19:58 -- Time (in overtime) of Mike Bossy's goal that gave the Islanders a 6-5 victory against the Canucks in Game 1 of the 1982 Final. It's the only overtime goal in the Final that was scored within the last five seconds of the period.

20 -- Penalty minutes assessed to the Red Wings in 1945, the fewest of any team in a Final series. They lost in seven games to the Maple Leafs, who had 21 minutes in penalties.

21 -- Power-play goals scored in the six-game 1980 Final by the Islanders and Flyers, the most by two teams in a series of any length. The Islanders scored 15, the record for one team in a Final, and the Flyers had six.

22 -- Years since a team has scored five goals in a period in a Cup Final game. It's been done three times, most recently by the Canucks, who scored five times in the third period of Game 5 of the 1994 Final against the Rangers.

23 -- Stanley Cups won by the Canadiens as a member of the NHL, the most in League history. Montreal also won a Cup before the formation of the League in 1917. However, Montreal has not won since 1993; the 23-year drought is the franchise's longest.

24 -- Games coached in the Final by Sid Abel, who led his team to the championship round four times without winning. Abel has the most games and series coached in the Final without winning a Cup.

25 -- Point differential in the 1979-80 season between the Flyers (116) and Islanders (91), who played in the 1980 Final. By points, the Islanders are the biggest underdog in the Final to win the Cup.

Video: 1980 Cup Final, Gm 6: Nystrom leads Isles to 1st Cup

26 -- Goals scored by the Islanders in the 1981 Final against the North Stars, the most of any team in a five-game series. The Islanders and North Stars combined to score 42 goals, the most by two teams in a five-game Final.

27 -- Times that a team has taken a 3-0 lead in the Final. Of those teams, 26 have won the Cup, with 20 winning Game 4 to finish a sweep. The only team to lose was the 1942 Red Wings, who led the Maple Leafs 3-0 but lost the next four games.

29 -- Years between Scotty Bowman's first of nine Stanley Cups as a coach (1973, with Montreal) and his final one (2002, with Detroit). Bowman's nine championships are the most of any NHL coach.

30 -- Seconds needed by the Penguins and Blackhawks to combine for three goals in Game 4 of the 1992 Final. Chicago's Dirk Graham scored at 6:21 and 6:51 of the first period; Pittsburgh's Kevin Stevens had a goal at 6:33. It's the fastest three goals by two teams in the Final.

32 -- Goals allowed by Tony Esposito in the Blackhawks' six-game loss to the Canadiens in 1973. It's the most goals allowed by a goaltender in the Final, seven more than runner-up Johnny Mowers of the Red Wings in 1942.

33 -- Appearances by the Canadiens in the Final since the NHL was formed in 1917, by far the most of any team. Detroit is second with 24, three more than Toronto.

34 -- Goals scored in the Final by Maurice Richard, the most by any player. The six leading career goal-scorers in the Final each scored all of their goals for the Canadiens.

35 -- Seconds from the start of the third period in Game 5 of the 1984 Final needed by Pat LaFontaine of the Islanders to score two goals. LaFontaine holds the record for the fastest two goals from the start of a period.

37 -- Saves by Boston goaltender Tim Thomas in a 4-0 victory against the Canucks in Game 7 of the 2011 Final. It's the most saves by any of the four goaltenders who have had shutouts in Game 7; Thomas is the only one to gets his on the road.

38 -- Games played by Jacques Plante (with Montreal) and Turk Broda (with Toronto), the most by a goaltender with one team in the Final. Plante, who also played three games in the Final with the St. Louis Blues, holds the overall record for most games played with 41.

40 -- Seconds in overtime needed by Boston's Bobby Orr to score the Cup-winning goal in Game 4 of the 1970 Final against St. Louis. It's the fastest overtime goal in a Cup-clinching victory.

Video: 1970 Cup Final, Gm4: Orr scores airborne OT goal

41 -- Difference in points during the 1981-82 regular season between the Islanders (118) and the Vancouver Canucks (77), the biggest disparity between the two teams in the Final. The Islanders swept the 1982 Final in four games.

44 -- Age of Rangers coach Lester Patrick, who played goaltender in Game 2 of the 1928 Final when starter Lorne Chabot was injured and unable to continue. Patrick got the win when New York defeated the Montreal Maroons 2-1 in overtime.

44:31 -- Length of overtime played before Colorado Avalanche defenseman Uwe Krupp scored the Cup-winning goal in a 1-0 victory against the Florida Panthers in the third overtime of Game 4 of the 1996 Final. It's the only 1-0 win in a Cup-deciding game in the past 42 years.

47 -- Goals scored in the 2010 Final between the Flyers and Blackhawks, the most since the Islanders and Flyers combined for 52 goals in 1980. The average of 7.83 goals per game in the six-game series is the highest since the Islanders and North Stars combined for 42 goals in five games (8.40 per game) in 1981.

49 -- Years between Stanley Cups for the Blackhawks, who won in 1961 and not again until 2010, when Patrick Kane's overtime goal in Game 6 began a run of three Cups in six seasons.

50 -- Percent of the Los Angeles Kings' 16 games in the Final that have been decided in overtime. The Kings lost three overtime games to the Canadiens in 1993, but went 2-0 against the Devils in 2012 and 3-0 against the Rangers in 2014.

52:08 -- Time in overtime of the goal by Andrew Shaw that gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 win against the Bruins in Game 1 of the 2013 Final. It's the most recent of the eight Cup Final games that have gone into a third overtime.

53 -- Penalty minutes assessed to Mel Bridgeman of the Flyers in 1980 against the Islanders, the most by any player in one Final. Chris Nilan of the Canadiens is next with 49 minutes in 1986.

54 -- Years between Stanley Cups for the Rangers. A six-game victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1940 Final marked the third time the Rangers won the Cup in its first 14 years. The Rangers didn't win again until 1994.

54:51 -- Amount of overtime needed by the Dallas Stars to win Game 6 of the 1999 Final against the Buffalo Sabres for the only Stanley Cup won by the Stars. Brett Hull scored the Cup-winning goal. It's the longest overtime in a Cup-deciding game.

55:13 -- Longest overtime in the history of the Final. The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 1 of the 1990 Final when Petr Klima scored with 4:47 remaining in the third overtime.

Video: 1990 Cup Final, Gm1: Klima ends longest Cup game

56 -- Combined goals by Montreal (33) and Chicago (23) in 1973, the most by two teams in a Final series of any length. The Canadiens won the series in six games.

58.3 -- Seconds remaining in the third period when Dave Bolland scored the Cup-winning goal for the Blackhawks in the 2013 Final against Boston. It's the latest third-period winning goal in Finals history.

59 -- Teams that have gone on to win the Cup after winning Game 1 of the Final since the NHL adopted the best-of-7 format. That includes each of the past four Game 1 winners; the last team to lose the opener but win the Cup was the Bruins in 2011.

62 -- Points in the Final scored by Jean Beliveau, the most by any player. Beliveau had 30 goals and 32 assists in 64 games; runner-up Wayne Gretzky had 53 points in 31 games.

65 -- Games played in the Final by Hockey Hall of Famer members Red Kelly and Henri Richard, the most of any players. They played one more game than Richard's Montreal teammate, Jean Beliveau, and six more than his older brother, Maurice Richard.

68 -- Seconds from the opening faceoff needed by Toronto's Dick Duff to score two goals in Game 1 in 1963 against Detroit. Duff holds the record for the fastest two goals from the start of a game in the Final.

75 -- Penalties taken by the Flyers in 1974, the most by any team in the Final. Despite all the penalties the Flyers defeated the Bruins in six games to become the first expansion team to win the Cup.

77 -- Games coached in the Final by Dick Irvin, the most ever. Irvin was behind the bench for five games with Chicago, 29 with Toronto and 43 with Montreal during his 16 trips to the Final.

80 -- Percent of the Rangers' goals in the 1928 Final that were scored by center Frank Boucher. He had four of the Rangers' five goals in the five-game victory against the Montreal Maroons.

83 -- Years since the Rangers scored a Finals-record four shorthanded goals in 1933, when they defeated Toronto 3-1 in the best-of-5 series. Seven teams have scored three shorthanded goals in one Final.

94 -- Seconds needed by the Canadiens and Flames to score four goals in the first period of Game 5 in 1986, setting a Final record for the fastest four goals. Calgary's Joel Otto scored at 17:59 of the first period and then three Canadiens scored in the next 1:34.

Video: 1975 Cup Final, Gm3: Robert's OT goal ends fog game

113 -- Regular-season points by the Flyers and Buffalo Sabres in 1974-75, the first time in the best-of-7 era that the finalists finished with the same number of points. It also happened in 1992, when the Penguins and Blackhawks made the Final after they had 87 points in the regular season. The Flyers and Penguins got the home-ice advantage in their series because they had more victories, and each won the Cup.

188:35 -- Shutout streak by Toronto goaltender Frank McCool, the longest in the Final. McCool shut out the Red Wings in Games 1-3 in 1945; he allowed his first goal of the series 8:35 into Game 4.

256 -- Most penalty minutes by one team in the Final. The Flames were assessed 256 minutes during their five-game loss to the Canadiens in 1986. The Canadiens had 255 penalty minutes; their combined total of 511 is the most in any Cup Final series.

459 -- Minutes played by the Red Wings' Harry Lumley and the Rangers' Chuck Rayner in the 1950 Final, the most by a goaltender in one Final series. Each goalie played every second of the series, which included three overtime games.

.500 -- Winning percentage for home teams in 1-0 games in the Final. Home and road teams have split the 22 games that ended 1-0. The last ones were played in 2011, when the Canucks won 1-0 at home in Games 1 and 5 against the Bruins.

1960-63 -- Years without an overtime game during the Final, the longest no-OT stretch during the best-of-7 era. After Dick Duff's overtime goal gave Toronto a 3-2 win against Montreal on April 14, 1959, all games were decided in regulation until exactly five years later, April 14, 1964, when Detroit defeated Toronto 4-3 on Larry Jeffrey's overtime goal.

1990 -- Year in which Jari Kurri of the Oilers became the sixth player with five points in a game. Kurri had three goals and two assists in Game 2 against the Bruins. He is the only player since 1944 with five points in one game during the Final.

1997 -- The 11th and most recent instance of the road team winning Games 1 and 2 of the Final. Detroit won the first two games in 1997 at Philadelphia, then won Games 3 and 4 to complete the sweep. The 1942 and 1966 Red Wings failed to win the Final after starting with two road wins.

1998 -- Last time the Final ended in a sweep. The Red Wings eliminated the Washington Capitals in four games; it was the fourth straight year in which the Final ended in a sweep.

2003 -- Year in which Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP even though his team lost to the New Jersey Devils in the Final. Giguere is the fifth and most recent player from a losing team to win the Conn Smythe. Four of the five are goaltenders.

2009 -- Last time the Final was a rematch of the previous year. The Red Wings defeated the Penguins in six games in 2008, but the Penguins won the 2009 Final in seven games, including a 2-1 victory at Detroit in Game 7.

2,778 -- Combined regular-season games played by Joe Thornton (1,367) and Patrick Marleau (1,411) of the San Jose Sharks, the first two players taken in the 1997 NHL Draft, before making the Cup Final for the first time this year.

 

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