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by Paul on 06/22/13 at 10:57 AM ET
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DID YOU KNOW?
* Teams have split the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final 22 times since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939. The team winning Game 5 has captured the Stanley Cup 15 times (68.2%). However, the team losing Game 5 has rebounded to win the series on four of the past six occasions (all since 2001).
* Those four teams: the 2011 Bruins (vs. the Canucks), 2009 Penguins (vs. the Red Wings), 2004 Lightning (vs. the Flames) and 2001 Avalanche (vs. the Devils).
* This is fourth time in the last five years that the Stanley Cup Final has been tied 2-2 after four games, with 2012 being the lone exception (3-1 in favor of Los Angeles).
GAME 5 NOTES
The Blackhawks are 3-0 in Game 5s this postseason. The Bruins are 1-1.
The referees for tonight’s game are Chris Rooney (#5) and Brad Watson (#23). The linesmen are Shane Heyer (#55) and Brian Murphy (#93).
60 IS NOT ENOUGH
* This is the first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years to feature three overtime games. Overall, it is the sixth Stanley Cup Final series since 1927 to require at least three overtime games.
* Only one Stanley Cup Final since 1927 has featured more than three overtime games – the 1951 Final, when all five games between the Maple Leafs and Canadiens went to extra time (TOR: 4-1).
* Road teams have won 15 of the past 19 Stanley Cup Final overtime games, including two of the three in this series, and are 20-6 since 1990 (.769).
* There have been 27 total overtime games contested in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs (84 games), one shy of the record set in 1993 (85 games).
Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask allowed six goals on 47 shots in Game 4 (.872 save percentage). Rask has yielded four or more goals on five occasions this postseason, but has bounced back from those performances to post a 4-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average and .959 save percentage in the following games.
Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford has a 10-2 record with a 1.58 goals-against average and .938 save percentage in 12 starts at United Center this postseason. He has a 4-5 mark with a 2.31 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in nine road appearances.
Boston forward Patrice Bergeron leads all players in the Stanley Cup Final with four goals, including three power-play scores, and has 6-2—8 in his last seven games. He had 3-4—7 in his first 13 games this postseason.
HOME VS. ROAD
The Blackhawks have won six of their last seven games at United Center and have a League-high 10 victories at home this postseason (10-2). They have outscored their opponents, 38-22, on home ice.
The Bruins have an NHL-best six road wins this postseason and are the only playoff team with an above-.500 record as visitors (6-3). They have outscored their opponents, 29-18, on the road, including a 14-6 margin over their last four games.
Boston forward Milan Lucic (3-1—4) is tied for the team lead in points through the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final . . . Three Blackhawks – Dave Bolland (1-2—3), Patrick Kane (1-2—3) and Michal Rozsival (0-3—3) – share the team lead with three points in the Final, while Patrick Sharp paces the club with two goals . . . Chicago forward Bryan Bickell and Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid posted their latest blog entries on NHL.com . . . Boston forward Jaromir Jagr is one point shy of 200 for his postseason career (78-121—199).
BEHIND THE BENCH
Three teams made coaching news Friday:
* The Dallas Stars named Lindy Ruff their 22nd head coach in franchise history. Ruff ranks 12th all-time with 571 victories as an NHL head coach.
* The New York Rangers introduced Alain Vigneault as their 35th head coach in franchise history. Vigneault compiled 313 wins over seven seasons as the bench boss in Vancouver.
* The Phoenix Coyotes agreed to a contract extension with head coach Dave Tippett, who has a 156-96-42 record in four seasons with the team.
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