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Stanley Cup Final single-game record-holders include Richard, Roy

Canadiens forward among those to score four goals; Montreal goalie owns mark for saves

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The Boston Bruins host the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Here is a look at some Stanley Cup Final single-game records: 

 

Team goals

No team has reached double figures in goals in a game during the Stanley Cup Final. In fact, no team has scored more than eight goals in a game in 77 years, since the Toronto Maple Leafs had nine against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of the 1942 Final. The 1936 Red Wings are the only other team to score nine times; they did it against the Maple Leafs in Game 2.

The record for goals by one team in Game 1 is eight, set by the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 against the Chicago Black Hawks in 1973. That game featured two future Hockey Hall of Famers -- Tony Esposito of the Black Hawks and Ken Dryden of the Canadiens -- who were also in goal for the highest-scoring game in Cup Final history: Each faced 30 shots when the Blackhawks outlasted the Canadiens 8-7 at the Forum to win Game 5 in 1973.

Chicago was also part of the highest-scoring Game 1 in Cup Final history. The Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 in the opener of the 2010 Final.

 

Goals by player

No player has scored five goals in a Stanley Cup Final game. In fact, no one has scored four in 62 years, since Maurice Richard of the Canadiens did it in Game 1 against the Bruins in 1957. The only other four-goal game in the Cup Final during the modern era (since 1943-44) came in 1955, when Detroit's Ted Lindsay scored four goals against the Canadiens in Game 2.

Before the NHL took control of the Cup in 1926, Newsy Lalande of the Canadiens (Game 2 in 1919) and Babe Dye of the Toronto St. Patricks (Game 5 in 1922) also scored four goals in a game.

Boston forward John Byce scored 10 seconds into Game 3 against the Oilers in 1990, the fastest goal from the start of any game in Cup Final history. Sid Smith of the Maple Leafs holds the Game 1 record; he scored 15 seconds after the drop of the puck against Montreal in 1951.

 

Assists, points by player

No player has had more than four assists in a Cup Final game. That feat has been accomplished nine times, most recently by center Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Washington Capitals against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 last year. The record for points in a Final game is five; it has been accomplished six times, but not since Jari Kurri of the Edmonton Oilers had five in Game 2 in 1990. 

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Sid Abel of the Red Wings is the only player to have four assists and five points in a Game 1; he did it against the Bruins in 1943.

 

Shots and saves

Since 1959-60, three teams have had 63 shots in a Cup Final game; in all three instances, the game went at least two overtimes. In 1967, Montreal had 63 shots in a 3-2 double-overtime loss to the Maple Leafs in Game 3; 29 years later, in 1996, the Florida Panthers took 63 in their 1-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4. The only team to take 63 shots and win was the Blackhawks, who defeated the Bruins 4-3 in Game 1 of the 2013 Final.

Colorado's Patrick Roy set the record for most saves in a Cup Final game since 1955-56 with 63 in the 1-0 series-clinching win against Florida in 1996. Boston's Tuukka Rask holds the Game 1 record with 59 against Chicago in 2013.

 

Real-time stats

The NHL records for hits and time on ice date to 1997-98. Since then, the record for most time on ice in any Cup Final game is 54:09, set by Dallas Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov against the Buffalo Sabres in Game 6 of the 1999 Final. The Game 1 record is 48:40 by Chicago's Duncan Keith against Boston in 2013.

The Stars and New Jersey Devils combined for an NHL-record 143 hits (74 for Dallas, 69 for New Jersey) in Game 6 of the 2000 Cup Final. The most in a series opener is 120 (Chicago 61, Boston 59) in 2013.

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