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NEW YORK (June 14, 2011)—The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins will face off in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final Wednesday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver (8 p.m., ET, CBC, NBC, RDS), the pinnacle of a series and post-season typified by intense competition, unpredictability, late-game heroics and wild momentum shifts.

Wednesday’s showdown will mark the seventh Game 7 of the 2011 post-season, matching the total from 1994 as the most in playoff history.  The home team has prevailed in five of the six previous games and five of the six were decided by one goal.

Regardless of the outcome, History Will Be Made for one club and its passionate following. The Canucks, celebrating their 40th anniversary in the NHL, are in quest of their first Stanley Cup. The Bruins are vying for their first championship in 39 years.

—Below is a pile of notes and stats about game 7s throughout NHL history, as well as the specific history of the Canucks and Bruins.—

The Bruins will tie a playoff record by playing their third Game 7 of this post-season, having eliminated the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning on home ice in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and Final, respectively, and have a chance to become the first club in League history to win three Game 7s in one year. The 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs and 2002 Colorado Avalanche, the only previous clubs to appear in three, won their first two appearances and were eliminated in Game 7 of the Conference Finals.

The Canucks will be making their second Game 7 appearance in 2011, having dethroned the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks with a 2-1 overtime victory in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on a goal by Alex Burrows at 5:22.

The Canucks and Bruins will contest the 16th Game 7 in a Stanley Cup Final. The home team has posted a 12-3 record in the 15 previous games. The Canucks have made one appearance, dropping a 3-2 decision to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in 1994. The Bruins have never contested a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final.

Four Boston players have appeared in at least seven career Game 7s, led by 43-year-old right wing Mark Recchi, who is set to participate in his 11th career game—the most among active NHL players. Recchi’s appearance Wednesday will make him one of nine players with at least 11 career Game 7s, joining Patrick Roy and Scott Stevens (13); Glenn Anderson, Ken Daneyko and Stephane Yelle (12); and Dave Andreychuk, Doug Gilmour and Al MacInnis (11).

Forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin have played in a team-leading five Game 7s for the Canucks.

Career Game 7 Player and Goaltender Statistics: Vancouver and Boston

Vancouver       GP   W-L G   A   Pts.

Andrew Alberts   1   1-0 0   0   0
Keith Ballard   1   1-0 0   0   0
Kevin Bieksa     2   2-0 0   0   0
Alex Burrows     2   2-0 2   0   2
Alexander Edler   1   1-0 0   0   0
Christian Ehrhoff 2   2-0 0   2   2
Tanner Glass     1   1-0 0   0   0
Dan Hamhuis     1   1-0 0   0   0
Jannik Hansen   2   2-0 0   0   0
Chris Higgins   2   2-0 0   0   0
Ryan Kesler     1   1-0 0   1   1
Maxim Lapierre   4   4-0 0   1   1
Victor Oreskovich 1   1-0 0   0   0
Mason Raymond   1   1-0 0   1   1
Sami Salo       4   2-2 0   1   1
Mikael Samuelsson 3   2-1 1   0   1
Daniel Sedin     5   3-2 0   2   2
Henrik Sedin     5   3-2 2   2   4
Raffi Torres     2   1-1 0   1   1


Vancouver Goaltenders

          GP Mins W-L   GAA SO   Sv%
Roberto Luongo 2   125 2-0 0.96   0 .962


Roberto Luongo

Date   Score         Dec.    Shots
4/26/11             CHI 1 at VAN 2 (OT)  Win   32
4/23/07             DAL 1 at VAN 4   Win   20


Vancouver Head Coach

Alain Vigneault (2-0)

Date   Score         Dec.
4/26/11             CHI 1 at VAN 2 (OT)  Win
4/23/07             DAL 1 at VAN 4   Win

Boston         GP   W-L G   A   Pts.

Patrice Bergeron 5   2-3 0   1   1
Johnny Boychuk   3   2-1 1   1   2
Gregory Campbell 2   2-0 0   0   0
Zdeno Chara     7   2-5 0   2   2
Andrew Ference   8   4-4 1   3   4
Shane Hnidy     3   0-3 0   0   0
Nathan Horton   2   2-0 2   0   2
Tomas Kaberle   7   5-2 0   2   2
Chris Kelly     2   2-0 1   0   1
David Krejci     4   2-2 0   2   2
Milan Lucic     5   2-3 3   1   4
Brad Marchand   2   2-0 0   1   1
Adam McQuaid     2   2-0 0   1   1
Daniel Paille   3   2-1 0   0   0
Rich Peverley   2   2-0 0   1   1
Mark Recchi     10   6-4 3   4   7
Michael Ryder   5   3-2 1   1   2
Tyler Seguin     1   1-0 0   0   0
Dennis Seidenberg 5   4-1 0   3   3
Shawn Thornton   4   1-3 0   0   0

Boston Goaltenders

          GP Mins W-L   GAA SO   Sv%
Tim Thomas     4   264 2-2 2.50   1 .917
Tuukka Rask   1   59   0-1 4.08   0 .852

Tim Thomas

Date   Score         Dec.    Shots
5/27/11             TB 0 at BOS 1   Win   24
4/27/11             MTL 3 at BOS 4 (OT)  Win   37
5/14/09             CAR 3 at BOS 2 (OT)  Loss 37
4/21/08             BOS 0 at MTL 5   Loss 35

Tuukka Rask

Date   Score         Dec.    Shots
5/14/10             PHI 4 at BOS 3   Loss 27

Boston Head Coach

Claude Julien (3-3)

Date   Score         Dec.
5/27/11             TB 0 at BOS 1   Win
4/27/11             MTL 3 at BOS 4 (OT)  Win
5/14/10             PHI 4 at BOS 3   Loss
5/14/09             CAR 3 at BOS 2 (OT)  Loss
4/21/08             BOS 0 at MTL 5   Loss
4/19/04             MTL 2 at BOS 0   Win

VANCOUVER, BOSTON RECORDS IN GAME 7

Vancouver Canucks (6-4)

4/26/11, Western Conference QF vs. Chicago (CHI 1 at VAN 2, OT) 4/24/07, Western Conference QF vs. Dallas (DAL 1 at VAN 4) 4/19/04, Western Conference QF vs. Calgary (CGY 3 at VAN 2, OT) 5/8/03, Western Conference SF vs. Minnesota (MIN 4 at VAN 2) 4/22/03, Western Conference QF vs. St. Louis (STL 1 at VAN 4) 5/19/95, Western Conference QF vs. St. Louis (VAN 5 at STL 3) 6/14/94, Stanley Cup Final vs. NY Rangers (VAN 2 at NYR 3) 4/30/94, Western Conference QF vs. Calgary (VAN 4 at CGY 3, 2OT) 4/30/92, Smythe Division SF vs. Winnipeg (WPG 0 at VAN 5) 4/15/89, Smythe Division SF vs. Calgary (VAN 3 at CGY 4, OT)

Boston Bruins (11-10)

5/27/11, Eastern Conference Final vs. Tampa Bay (TB 0 at BOS 1) 4/27/11, Eastern Conference QF vs. Montreal (MTL 3 at BOS 4, OT) 5/14/10, Eastern Conference SF vs. Philadelphia (PHI 4 at BOS 3) 5/14/09, Eastern Conference SF vs. Carolina (CAR 3 at BOS 2, OT) 4/21/08, Eastern Conference QF vs. Montreal (BOS 0 at MTL 5) 4/19/04, Eastern Conference QF vs. Montreal (MTL 2 at BOS 0) 4/29/94, Eastern Conference QF vs. Montreal (MTL 3 at BOS 5) 5/1/92, Adams Division SF vs. Buffalo (BUF 2 at BOS 3) 4/29/91, Adams Division Final vs. Montreal (MTL 1 at BOS 2) 4/17/90, Adams Division Semifinal vs. Hartford (HFD 1 at BOS 3) 5/14/88, Prince of Wales Conference Final vs. New Jersey (N.J. 2 at BOS 6) 4/24/83, Adams Division Final vs. Buffalo (BUF 2 at BOS 3, OT) 4/25/82, Adams Division Final vs. Quebec (QUE 2 at BOS 1) 5/10/79, Semifinal vs. Montreal (BOS 4 at MTL 5, OT) 4/25/76, Quarterfinal vs. Los Angeles (L.A. 0 at BOS 3) 4/18/71, Quarterfinal vs. Montreal (MTL 4 at BOS 2) 4/7/59, Semifinal vs. Toronto (TOR 3 at BOS 2) 4/8/52, Semifinal vs. Montreal (BOS 1 at MTL 3) 4/3/45, Semifinal vs. Detroit (BOS 3 at DET 5) 4/3/41, Semifinal vs. Toronto (TOR 1 at BOS 2) 4/2/39, Semifinal vs. NY Rangers (NYR 1 at BOS 2, 3OT)


Game 7 Results, 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Date Result             Notes

4/26 Buffalo 2 at Philadelphia 5   Flyers chased Sabres starter Ryan Miller
4/26 Chicago 1 at Vancouver 2 (OT) Blackhawks’ Toews tied it late, Canucks’ Burrows scored in OT
4/27 Montreal 3 at Boston 4 (OT)  Nathan Horton scored his second OT goal of the series
4/27 Tampa Bay 1 at Pittsburgh 0   Dwayne Roloson made 36 saves for the shutout
5/12 Detroit 2 at San Jose 3   Sharks prevailed in sixth one-goal game of the series
5/27 Tampa Bay 0 at Boston 1   Nathan Horton scored second Game 7 GWG in a month


Game 7 Results, Stanley Cup Final

Year Result             Notes

1942 Detroit 1 at Toronto 3   Three goals in third period overcame 1-0 deficit
1945 Toronto 2 at Detroit 1   Babe Pratt’s power-play goal in third period broke 1-1 tie
1950 NY Rangers 3 at Detroit 4 (2OT)    First Game 7 in Final decided in overtime
1954 Montreal 1 at Detroit 2 (OT)  Most recent Game 7 in Final decided in overtime
1955 Montreal 1 at Detroit 3 Alex Delvecchio scored two; Gordie Howe added the other
1964 Detroit 0 at Toronto 4   Leafs’ third straight Cup win; Johnny Bower recorded shutout
1965 Chicago 0 at Montreal 4 All goals in first period; Gump Worsley recorded the shutout
1971 Montreal 3 at Chicago 2 Henri Richard scored game-winner in third period
1987 Philadelphia 1 at Edmonton 3 Oilers tallied one goal in each period to overcome early deficit
1994   Vancouver 2 at NY Rangers 3   Mark Messier scored game-winner in second period
2001 New Jersey 1 at Colorado 3   Alex Tanguay had three points; Ray Bourque gets first Cup
2003 Anaheim 0 at New Jersey 3   Home clubs won all Final games for the first time since 1965
2004 Calgary 1 at Tampa Bay 2 Ruslan Fedotenko scored both Tampa Bay goals
2006 Edmonton 1 at Carolina 3 Frantisek Kaberle scored the game-winner in second period
2009 Pittsburgh 2 at Detroit 1   Maxime Talbot scored both Pittsburgh goals

 

 

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Steve Strowbridge's avatar

An awesome collection of stats! Thanks for putting this together.

Posted by Steve Strowbridge from St. John's, NL, CA on 06/14/11 at 03:58 PM ET

Alanah McGinley's avatar

You’re very welcome.  Though I can’t take any credit… the NHL did the hard stuff, I just posted it here for y’all. smile

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 06/14/11 at 04:00 PM ET

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As noted above, road teams are 3-12 all-time in SCF Game 7’s: ‘45 Leafs, ‘71 Habs, ‘09 Pens.

Only three SCFs have seen the home team win each game: ‘55, Detroit over Montreal; ‘65, Habs over Chicago; ‘03, Devils over Ducks.

One of the above stats will add a fourth mark to its column. From one perspective, history is on the Canucks side, from another it’s on the Bruins’ side, from a third it’s working against both of them.

Since 1970, road teams are 8-21 in championship Game 7’s. Exactly one of those eight victories occurred after 1980: the Pens’ stunner two years ago. In other words, that record is even more daunting than it appears, since literally there’s one exception in the last three decades to the rule that road teams don’t win Game 7 in the finals.

Bottom line: when the NHL chose “History Will Be Made” as its playoff slogan, they didn’t know the half of it.

Posted by Blackcloud on 06/14/11 at 04:36 PM ET

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heres a question for people who like to dig stats:

Whats the worst goals differential in the stanley cup finals by the Stanley cup winning team? If vancouver wins, it has to be near the top.

Posted by callmedrw on 06/14/11 at 05:39 PM ET

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I don’t know the actual differential, but if Vancouver were to win, it would make them only the third team ever to win the Cup despite a SCF negative goal differential.

And as this article from the Wall Street Journal notes that basically no matter what happens tomorrow night, the Bruins would have the “greatest goal advantage for a losing team in Cup Finals history.”

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 06/14/11 at 05:47 PM ET

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I’m pretty sure the Cancucks would have the greatest negative goal differential in the Final for a Stanley Cup champion. To be honest, I had no idea two teams actually won despite being outscored. Someone pointed out on an earlier post that they’d be the first champion with a negative differential for the whole playoffs. The next worst is +12. As that WSJ article notes, and I’ve said a couple of times, we are approaching 1960 World Series territory here. It’s not unusual at all for the winner of the World Series to score fewer runs than the loser, but we’re talking one or two runs. The Pirates were outscored 55-27, but that didn’t matter thanks to Bill Mazeroski.

Posted by Blackcloud on 06/14/11 at 06:20 PM ET

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Recent teams, too. The 2004 Lightning (1 goal differential) and the 2009 Penguins (3 goals), according to that article.

So, yeah, pretty darn likely the Canucks will have the greatest negative differential, if they won it. smile

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 06/14/11 at 06:26 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Terminology makes a big difference in understanding stats..
for example:

Since 1970, road teams are 8-21 in championship Game 7’s.

Should perhaps be rewritten as:

Since 1970, the lower seeded teams are 8-21 in Championship Game 7’s.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 06/14/11 at 07:34 PM ET

Steve Strowbridge's avatar

Terminology makes a big difference in understanding stats..

Isn’t the road team always the lower seeded team?

Posted by Steve Strowbridge from St. John's, NL, CA on 06/14/11 at 07:36 PM ET

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Isn’t the road team always the lower seeded team?

Not in baseball.

Posted by Blackcloud on 06/14/11 at 07:45 PM ET

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This article is in relation to hockey, not baseball.

Posted by Steve Strowbridge from St. John's, NL, CA on 06/14/11 at 07:46 PM ET

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Perhaps, but the stats aren’t. In answer to your specific question, although a road team is by definition the lower seed, the lower seed doesn’t necessarily have a worse record than the higher seed. A division champion, for example, gets a higher seed than a non-division champion. So a non-division champion with more points is the lower seed. I’m not sure how that shakes out at the SCF level, but I’d expect that a conference champion would get home ice over the second-place team from the other conference, even though the latter had more points.

Posted by Blackcloud on 06/14/11 at 07:58 PM ET

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I don’t believe any player has ever scored a hat-trick in a game 7 of the S.C.Finals. Though, I do believe Wayne Gretzky is the last player to score a hat-trick (3-1-4) in a Game 7 of any round. It was in the ‘93 Conference Finals at the Maple Leafs. On the road to boot.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/14/11 at 10:54 PM ET

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Most important stat:

In recent memory (since a year or three before the lockout I believe) when a SCF series goes 7 games, the Eastern team always wins it.  Always.

In fact, Eastern teams only win the Cup in 7 games in that period.  If it goes less games, the West team wins it.

Make of that what you will.

Posted by Primis on 06/15/11 at 10:42 AM ET

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Posted by Primis on 06/15/11 at 09:42 AM ET

Nice observation. The West has won only 1 of the last 6 SCF Game 7’s going back to 1994.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 06/15/11 at 10:53 AM ET

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