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The First Round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs will come to a dramatic close on Wednesday when the Bruins host the Maple Leafs in Game 7 at TD Garden in Boston – the lone remaining game of the opening round.

* The winner of Wednesday's showdown will advance to the Second Round and face the Lightning, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

* The Bruins hold an all-time record of 13-12 in Game 7s, including a 12-8 mark on home ice. This will mark Boston’s 26th appearance in a Game 7, breaking a tie with Detroit (25) for the most in NHL history. The Maple Leafs own an all-time record of 12-10 in Game 7s, including a 5-9 mark on the road.

* Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will be making his 12th career Game 7 appearance, the most among active players and one behind all-time leaders Patrick Roy and Scott Stevens (13).

Boston holds a 2-1 edge in three previous head-to-head Game 7 matchups against Toronto, with each decided by one goal:

May 13, 2013 in Boston – Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 4 (OT)
* The Maple Leafs rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to force a Game 7 against the Bruins in the 2013 Conference Quarterfinals. Boston closed out the series by becoming the first team in NHL history to overcome a three-goal, third-period deficit to win in a Game 7. Bruins forward Patrice Bergeronhad a legendary performance in the final contest, recording 2-1—3 including the tying goal with 51 seconds remaining in regulation and the overtime winner.

* A total of 11 players on the current Bruins and Maple Leafs rosters skated in that game – seven from Boston (Bergeron, Zdeno CharaAnton KhudobinDavid KrejciBrad MarchandAdam McQuaid and Tuukka Rask) and four from Toronto (Jake GardinerNazem KadriLeo Komarov and James van Riemsdyk).

April 7, 1959 in Boston – Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 2
* The Maple Leafs trailed 2-1 heading into the third period of Game 7 in the 1959 Semifinals before Bob Pulford and Gerry Ehman scored in the final frame – with Ehman’s winner coming with just 2:33 remaining in regulation – to give Toronto a 3-2 victory and a berth in the Stanley Cup Final (4-1 L vs. MTL). Ehman, who would eventually capture his lone career Stanley Cup with Toronto in 1964, led all skaters in the Maple Leafs-Bruinsseries with 6-3—9. 

April 3, 1941 in Boston – Bruins 2, Maple Leafs 1
Game 7 of the 1941 Semifinals saw the Bruins rally from a 1-0 deficit in the first period with tallies from Flash Hollett and Mel Hill to hold on for a 2-1 victory. With the win, Boston advanced to the Stanley Cup Final where they swept Detroit in four games.

Of the 169 all-time Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

* The team that scores first is 126-43 (.746).

* Home teams own a 99-70 (.586) advantage.

* Forty-one have required overtime (24.2%). Home teams have a 21-20 edge.

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· Oral history of Bruins Game 7 comeback vs. TOR in 2013 (via Mike Zeisberger)

· Alex Ovechkin can’t wait to face Penguins (via Tom Gulitti)

· Playoff handshake line a winning tradition (via Dave Stubbs)

· Filip Forsberg is raising his game with the Predators (via Tracey Myers)

· Engelland, Simmonds, Wheeler finalists for Messier NHL Leadership Award

Two Second Round series will begin Thursday, followed by one each starting on Friday and Saturday:

Thursday, April 26
* Game 1 between the Penguins and Capitals – 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)

* Game 1 between the Sharks and Golden Knights – 10 p.m. ET (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)


Friday, April 27

* Game 1 between the Jets and Predators – 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN, CBC, SN360, TVAS)


Saturday, April 28

If Boston advances, Game 1 between the Bruins and Lightning would be set for 3 p.m. ET (NBC, SN, TVAS).


If Toronto advances, Game 1 between the Maple Leafs and Lightning would be set for 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN, CBC, TVAS).

the information above was provided by the NHL PR department

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