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Preview Playoff Game #7

Canadiens vs. Boston

TD Garden – May 14, 2014 – 7:05pm


Game Notes –

.The referees for the game will be Dave Jackson and Dan O’Rourke. They officiated the 5-3 Game Two Boston win which included a bench minor to Claude Julien (called by O’Rourke) for “unsportsmanlike conduct”. The linesmen will be Shane Heyer and Brad Kovachik.    

…This is the ninth time in their 34 Stanley Cup Playoff meetings that the Bruins and Canadiens face each other in seventh game and the fifth time in their last eight matchups.

.This is the most Game 7 meetings between two teams in any of the major North American professional sports.

.The Canadiens have won five of the eight seven-game meetings with Boston dating back to 1952. The Canadiens also won the fifth game of a 1985 five-game series against the Bruins.  (see below)

.The Bruins won the last Game Seven versus the Canadiens 4-3 on Nathan Horton’s overtime goal April 27, 2011.

. The Canadiens are 7-0 in the playoffs when scoring a game’s first goal. The Bruins are 5-0.

.Overall, the teams scoring the first goal are 23-1 in this year’s playoffs.

…The Canadiens are still the highest scoring team in the playoffs, averaging 3.30 goals per game.  San Jose averaged 3.14 and Los Angeles is third averaging 3.03.

.Other than the 1-0 overtime Boston win, the winning team has scored at least four goals in each of the series games.

.P.K. Subban leads the Canadiens and all playoff defensemen in postseason scoring with 4 goals and eight assists. He has averaged 26:48 ice time per game.

.Carey Price‘s shutout win in Game Six was the fourth of his playoff career. All four shutouts have come against Boston; two in 2008 and one in 2011.  

…Elias Sports Bureau says Price is the second goaltender in NHL history to earn his first four postseason shutouts against one team.  Martin Brodeur‘s first four also came against Boston (1 in ’94 & 3 in ’95)  

…..Price has stopped 190 of 204 shots in the series.  Eight of the 14 goals scored on him have come in the third period.  He has a .962 save percentage in periods one & two and an .822% in the third.

.Claude Julien will be coaching a Game 7 for the 10th time (9X with Boston), tieing Mike Keenan for most in NHL history. He is 1-1 vs. the Canadiens.  

Michel Therrien will be coaching in his first career Stanley Cup Game 7.

.This will be the eleventh Game Seven appearance for Zdeno Chara; ninth time with Boston where he is 4 & 4.

.For the Canadiens, Brian Gionta brings the most Game Seven experience. 6 times he’s been there scoring 4 goals and 2 assists. Daniel Briere – 4 X –  scoring 2 goals and 3 assists. Tomas Plekanec – also 4 times with a goal and three assists.

.This will be the third Game 7 for both goaltenders. Carey Price is 1-1 with a 1.91GAA and a .932save%. Tuukka Rask, also 1-1 with a 3.87 GAA and an .855 save%.

.In this series Rask has a GAA of 2.50 and save percentage of .910.

.Price in the series has a .931 save percentage, topped by the Game Six shutout. Price has faced 26 shots more than Rask and allowed two fewer goals.

.Boston first liner David Krejci has one assist in the series’ six games. Milan Lucic has one goal….into an empty net.

.The Bruins were ranked third in the league on the power play during the regular season. In this series they are 2 for 15 (13.3%). They scored six power play goals in the five-game first round series against Detroit.

.In this series the Canadiens have scored four of their seven playoff power play goals. Boston’s two power play goals came back to back in Game Five.

.The Bruins have hit goalposts or crossbars seven times in the series (Reilly Smith & Jarome Iginla – 2 each). The Canadiens have hit the post once (Thomas Vanek in Game Three)

..Home teams are 91-62 in the 153 NHL Game 7’s all time. The team that scores first is 113-40.

.Thirty-eight Game 7’s have required overtime. In those games home and road teams are even at 19-19.

..The Bruins are the only NHL team to win three Game Seven’s en route to winning a Stanley Cup (2011 vs. Montreal, Tampa and Vancouver in the final)

.With this game the Bruins set an NHL record for making a Game 7 appearance for seven straight seasons all of them under Claude Julien who lost his first winner-take-all game as Bruins head coach against the Canadiens in 2008. Including that series, the Bruins are 4-4 since.  

History – Canadiens vs. Boston in Game 7
4/27/11, Eastern Conference QF vs. Boston (MTL 3 at BOS 4, OT) – Nathan Horton scores overtime winner after P.K. Subban ties game late in third period.
4/21/08, Eastern Conference QF vs. Boston (BOS 0 at MTL 5) Carey Price stops 25. Komisarek with game winner. Andrei Kostitsyn two goals, Sergei Kostitsyn 1 goal-1 assist.
4/19/04, Eastern Conference QF vs. Boston (MTL 2 at BOS 0) Jose Theodore 32 saves. Richard Zednick scored both goals. Down 3-1 Canadiens win last three games of series.
4/29/94, Eastern Conference QF vs. Boston (MTL 3 at BOS 5) Patrick Roy’s last Canadiens playoff game. Played the game while suffering from appendicitis.  Ted Donato and Fred Knipscheer each record a goal and assist.
4/29/91, Adams Division Final vs. Boston (MTL 1 at BOS 2) Cam Neely beats Patrick Roy for game winner. Andy Moog with 35 saves.
5/10/79, Semifinal vs. Boston (BOS 4 at MTL 5, OT) Too Many Men – Lafleur ties the game late in third period. Lambert with game winner at 9:53 of overtime.
4/18/71, Quarterfinal vs. Boston (MTL 4 at BOS 2). J.C. Tremblay scores game winner. Frank Mahovlich scores twice. Phil Esposito called Ken Dryden a “thieving giraffe”.
4/8/52, Semifinal vs. Boston (BOS 1 at MTL 3) Rocket Richard knocked unconscious and suffers a concussion in the second period.  Scores the winning goal on Sugar Jim Henry late in third.

***April 16 1985 – The Canadiens and Bruins met in the deciding game of what was then a five game Divisional Semi-final playoff series. Mats Naslund scored with 55 seconds remaining in the third period to win the game 1-0. Until Max Pacioretty’s goal with 32 seconds left in game four of this year’s Tampa series, it was the latest regulation time series-clinching goal in Stanley Cup history.



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