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2019 NHL Awards Show slated for June 19

The League announced that the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone will be held Wednesday, June 19, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas (8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, NBCSN, SN). See below for finalists/winners of each award:

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

NHL, NHLPA celebrating Pride Month of June

 

Joint Campaign Includes All 31 Clubs Participating in Pride Events Across North America

 

NHL Public Relations

 

NEW YORK/TORONTO – This June, in partnership with the You Can Play Project, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL) joint Hockey Is For Everyone initiative will celebrate Pride Month. All 31 NHL Clubs, alumni, and current players will participate in pride events including parades across North America. The League will be participating in 2019 WorldPride – the largest pride parade in the world – in New York City. The month will also feature original programming and storytelling.

 

“There’s no better way to make young athletes and fans feel safe and welcome than to have their sports idols and the teams they look up to showing this kind of recognition and support. This was the original vision of You Can Play, and our partnership with the NHL and NHLPA has made that something that LGBTQ athletes and allies alike can feel good about,” said Brian Kitts, You Can Play co-founder and president.

 

Since 2013 the NHL and NHLPA have been partners with the You Can Play Project, an advocacy organization fighting homophobia in sports, reaffirming that the official policy is one of inclusion on the ice, in the locker rooms, and in the stands. Founded in 2012 by Patrick Burke, NHL Senior Director of Player Safety, You Can Play has since generated support from more than 100 professional hockey players who have voiced their support for gay teammates. The partnership was You Can Play’s first with a North American professional sports league.

 

“I was raised by my mom to treat people the way you want to be treated and that means being inclusive and accepting people for who they are, because I want to be accepted, too,” said Kurtis Gabriel, New Jersey Devils forward. “For me, using Pride Tape is just a small gesture that I hope will go a long way. Anyone can play the game we all love and cherish so much.”

 

“At parades and events across North America celebrating Pride, the NHL and our partners will be participating to send a message that is clear and unequivocal – hockey is for everyone,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “We are immensely proud of the work that members of our NHL and extended hockey families do to make all feel welcome in the world’s greatest game. Furthering inclusiveness is a year-round mission for the NHL and we are excited to highlight some of our efforts during this Pride Month.”

 

The month will feature original storytelling shared on NHL.com/Pride, NHL Network, and via the NHL and NHLPA’s social channels. Stories will be released throughout the month of June and include:

 

  • Patrick and Brian Burke – the tragic loss that led to the creation of the You Can Play Project, and the hope it continues to inspire across the sports world today.
  • Patrick Farabaugh – the journey of a man who fled one of the world’s most violent cities to create one of the largest gay hockey organizations in the world, the Madison Gay Hockey Association.
  • Kurtis Gabriel – the story of why an NHL player has committed to using Pride Tape on his stick for the rest of his hockey career, featuring Pride Tape founder Jeff McLean(Click video above to watch this feature.)
  • Elliot Govaars – how 15-year old Elliot, who was playing for the Junior Sharks girls hockey team, found a support network with his teammates as he began his transition to becoming a boy, also featuring transgender activist Harrison Browne.
  • Brock McGillis – the first openly gay male professional hockey player will discuss his personal triumphs and struggles with another openly gay man in professional hockey, Dre Barone.

 

Fans interested in purchasing Pride Tape or rainbow branded NHL or Club merchandise can visit Shop.NHL.com. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #HockeyIsForEveryone.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

 

NHL Morning Skate for Wednesday, June 12, 2019: Stanley Cup Final Edition

NHL Public Relations

June 12, 2019

History awaits as Stanley Cup will be awarded tonight; Blues, Bruins lay it all on the line in first Game 7 in Final since 2011

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HISTORY AWAITS IN GAME 7 OF THE 2019 STANLEY CUP FINAL

The Stanley Cup will be awarded tonight at TD Garden as the Blues and Bruins lay it all on the line in the first winner-take-all showdown in the Final in eight years – and the first ever in Boston.

 

* Wednesday’s showdown will mark 35 years to the day of the last Game 7 of a championship series held in Boston. Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics beat Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1984 NBA Finals on June 12, 1984.

 

* This will be the fifth Game 7 in a championship series between teams based in Boston and St. Louis, and fourth contested in Boston. The Celtics defeated the St. Louis Hawks at Boston Garden in the 1957 and 1960 NBA Finals, while the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in the 1967 World Series and at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis in the 1946 World Series.

 

* In 2002, the St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots met in Super Bowl XXXVI when Adam Vinatieri kicked a last-second 48-yard field goal as the Patriots won their first of six Vince Lombardi Trophies – all with Tom Brady as their quarterback.

* This will be the 28th all-time Game 7 for the Bruins - extending their NHL record – and first as hosts in the Stanley Cup Final. Boston owns an all-time record of 15-12 in its 27 previous Game 7s – the most such wins in NHL history – including a 14-8 mark at home.

 

* St. Louis, meanwhile, will contest its 18th all-time Game 7 (9-8) to surpass Pittsburgh and Washington for the most among non-Original Six teams. The Blues also will play their 11th road Game 7 (4-6); only the Maple Leafs (16; 5-11) and Canadiens (12; 6-6) have played more as visitors.

* If the Blues win, they will claim the first Stanley Cup in their 52-year history and match the NHL record for road wins in a single postseason.

 

* If the Bruins win, they will move into sole possession of fourth place in NHL history with their seventh Stanley Cup and become the ninth team to overcome a 3-2 series deficit in the Final – a feat last achieved by them in 2011.

 

2019 BRUINS LOOK TO BUILD OFF 2011 EXPERIENCE
Zdeno CharaPatrice BergeronBrad MarchandDavid Krejci and Tuukka Rask all were part of the Bruins’ Game 7 in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, with Marchand and Bergeron each scoring twice in Boston’s 4-0 victory at Vancouver. Only 84 players in NHL history have skated in multiple Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Final.

 

* Chara, who logged 27:12 and a +2 rating in the 2011 finale, is set to become the all-time leader by skating in his 14th career Game 7 on Wednesday. His record-setting appearance would come 16 years and 20 days after his first career Game 7, with Ottawa in the 2003 Conference Finals against New Jersey.

* Marchand, who tallied 2-1—3 and a +3 rating in Boston’s Cup-clinching victory in 2011, sits one point shy of matching Red Kelly (2-2—4 in 4 GP) for the most career points in Stanley Cup Final Game 7s.

 

* Marchand and Bergeron – who had 2-0—2 and a +4 rating in 2011 – are among a group of 15 players with multiple career goals in Stanley Cup Final Game 7s. The only player with more than two such goals is Henri Richard, who tallied 3-0—3 in two Game 7s during the Final (winning both).

 

* Additionally, Bergeron can become the first player in NHL history to record multiple game-winning goals in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
WITH THOUSANDS EXPECTED IN ST. LOUIS, BLUES AIM FOR FIRST CUP ON ROAD

With an anticipated sell-out crowd at Enterprise Center and even more fans expected for the ‘One Nation Watch Party’ at Busch Stadium – home of the St. Louis Cardinals and site of the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic – the Blues will aim to win their first Stanley Cup on the road at TD Garden.

* St. Louis will match an NHL record by playing its 26th game this postseason. Of the four previous teams to play 26 games in a playoff year, only the 2014 Kings won the Stanley Cup.

 

* A Blues victory would not only end the longest wait in NHL history for a team to win its first Stanley Cup, but would also see the Blues match thesingle-postseason record for road wins – they are 9-3 as visitors thus far.

 

* The road team has won four of the 16 prior Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Final, including each of the last two (2011 Bruins at VAN, 2009 Penguins at DET, 1971 Canadiens at CHI, 1945 Maple Leafs at DET).

 

TOREY KRUG CLOSING IN ON FRANCHISE LEGENDS
After assisting on the Bruins’ opening goal in Game 6, Torey Krug (1-5—6 in 6 GP) now sits two points shy of matching the franchise record for points by a defenseman in a Stanley Cup Final. Franchise legend Bobby Orr is the only Bruins blueliner with more points in the Final, tallying 3-4—7 in 1974 against the Flyers (6 GP) and 4-4—8 in 1972 against the Rangers (6 GP).

 

* Overall, Krug leads the NHL in assists and all defensemen in points during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (2-16—18 in 23 GP). He can become the fourth defenseman in franchise history to reach the 20-point mark in a postseason – a feat that has only been achieved by Ray Bourque (3x), Orr (2x) and Brad Park (1x).
O’REILLY, SCHWARTZ AND PIETRANGELO EYE BLUES HISTORY
Blues teammates Ryan O’ReillyJaden Schwartz and Alex Pietrangelo each are one away from either setting or matching a franchise playoff record.

* O’Reilly leads all players with 4-3—7 in the Final, with each of those points coming during his active five-game point streak. He also paces the Blues with 7-14—21 during the 2019 playoffs (25 GP), matching the franchise record for points in a single postseason with his goal in Game 6 while equaling Frank St. Marseille (4-3—7 in 12 GP) for the most career goals and points in the Final for the Blues.

* O’Reilly has scored a goal in each of the last three games (4-1—5). Only 13 players in NHL history have posted a goal streak of four or more games in the Stanley Cup Final, including six in the expansion era (since 1967-68). A goal in Game 7 would make O’Reilly the first player with a four-game goal streak in the Final since Wayne Gretzky 34 years ago.

 

* By scoring St. Louis’s first goal in Game 7, O’Reilly would become the third player in NHL history – and first in 53 years – to score his team’s opening goal in four consecutive games during a Stanley Cup Final. Toronto’s Sid Smith did so in 1951 (Games 1-4) followed by Detroit’s Norm Ullman in 1966 (Games 3-6).

* Schwartz (12-6—18 in 25 GP) remains one goal shy of tying Brett Hull (1990: 13 G in 12 GP) for the most goals in one playoff year by a Bluesplayer. Vladimir Tarasenko (11-5—16 in 25 GP) enters Game 7 two goals back of matching Hull.

 

* Pietrangelo already holds the single-postseason franchise record for assists (15) and points (17) by a defenseman and can eclipse another Bluesbenchmark in Game 7. He needs one assist to leapfrog Bernie Federko (1982: 15 in 10 GP) for the most in one playoff year.

RASK, BINNINGTON SET FOR ONE MORE HEAD-TO-HEAD MATCHUP

Boston’s Tuukka Rask and St. Louis’ Jordan Binnington are set to face off in one more head-to-head matchup after each playing in all their team’s games thus far.

* Rask, who recorded shutouts in Game 6 of the Second Round (at CBJ) and in Game 4 of the Conference Finals (at CAR), can become the first goaltender in NHL history to record three series-clinching shutouts in one playoff year. He has stopped 95 of 96 shots against in Boston’s three series-clinching victories thus far (.990 SV%).

 

* Rask is 3-0 when facing elimination during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, stopping 82 of 86 shots and allowing only four goals against across those three games (1.34 GAA, .953 SV%).

 

* Binnington, who is 9-3 as a visitor this postseason, can become the 14th different rookie in NHL history to earn a Stanley Cup-clinching win. Only three of the previous 13 instances came in Game 7: Frank McCool (1945), Ken Dryden (1971) and Cam Ward (2006).

 

* Binnington owns a career record of 13-2-0 following a loss – including a 7-2 mark in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (1.86 GAA, .933 SV%). Only five goaltenders in NHL history have posted as many wins after defeat within a single postseason.

* Binnington, who in Game 5 tied the single-postseason record for overall wins by a rookie goaltender, is seeking to become the first rookie netminder in NHL history to earn all 16 victories for his team in one playoff year.

 

QUICK CLICKS

 

History of Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final
Facts and Figures: Best Game 7 performances in Stanley Cup Final history

NHL/NHLPA Statement on Competition Committee’s Rules Recommendations
Transgender teenage hockey player embraced by Jr. Sharks

* Jeff Skinner believes future is bright with Sabres

 

 

 

PUBLICATION WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Competitors announced for 2019 NHL World Gaming Championship Final

 

Tournament Finale Will Be Streamed Live on Twitch From HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 18, at 3 p.m. ET

June 12, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

TORONTO/NEW YORK (June 12, 2019) – The players are confirmed. Their tickets to Las Vegas are booked. Their final HUT draft selections have been made. What’s left to do? Tune in to the NHL’s Twitch channel on Tuesday, June 18, at 3 p.m. ET to find out who will take home the $50,000 grand prize and Championship Trophy as the 2019 NHL Gaming World Champion!

 

The 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship™ Final will feature a bracket of the winners from each region – Canada, European Union and U.S. – with one final spot determined through a special Play In round-robin of the runner-up from each region. After months of intense competition, the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship™ will culminate at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas on June 18. All matches, including a special edition of The GWC Lobby presented by Honda, will be streamed live starting at 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

The runners-up from each Live Regional Final – John ‘Johnwaynee’ Casagranda (U.S. runner-up, No. 4 seed), Matthew ‘Yung Gren’ Grenier(Canada runner-up, No. 5 seed) and Hannes ‘Hansulinho’ Kettunen (Europe runner-up, No. 6 seed) – will play each other in a best-of-one round-robin tournament, with the winner advancing to the semifinal round of the NHL Gaming World Championship Final to play the tournament’s top seed and reigning champion, Eki. In the event of a three-way tie in round-robin play, stats from the Live Regional Final and round-robin will be used to determine which player advances.

 

The semifinal round will consist of a best-of-three single-elimination bracket, with Erik ‘Eki’ Tammenpää (No. 1 seed) playing the Play In bracket winner, and Matthew ‘Top-Shelf-Cookie’ Gutkoski (No. 2 seed) taking on Karl ‘Mg x Nuclear’ Caslib (No. 3 seed). The winner of each semifinal then will compete in the final to determine who will be crowned the winner of the NHL Gaming World Championship™. The losers of the semifinals will play each other to determine the bronze position.

 

Full tournament rules and prize information can be found here.

 

Meet the Gamers:

Erik ‘Eki’ Tammenpää (No. 1 Seed)

Matthew ‘Top-Shelf-Cookie’ Gutkoski (No. 2 Seed)

Karl ‘Mg x Nuclear’ Caslib (No. 3 Seed)

John ‘Johnwaynee’ Casagranda (No. 4 Seed)

Matthew ‘Yung Gren’ Grenier (No. 5 Seed)

Hannes ‘Hansulinho’ Kettunen (No. 6 Seed)

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Julie Young, NHL Public Relations; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

NHL crowns a new champion tonight! Blues at the Bruins Game 7 Preview

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GAME 7 OFFICIALS

The referees for tonight’s game are Gord Dwyer (No. 19) and Chris Rooney (No. 5). The linesmen are Derek Amell (No. 75) and Scott Cherrey(No. 50).

 

GAME 7 TRENDS

* This marks the 17th Game 7 in Stanley Cup Final history and first since 2011, when the Bruins defeated the Canucks, 4‑0, at Rogers Arena to end a 39-year championship drought. Boston rallied from a 2-3 series deficit with a 5-2 victory in Game 6 at TD Garden to ultimately capture its sixth and most recent Stanley Cup.

 

* Five current Bruins dressed for that 2011 Game 7: Patrice Bergeron (2-0—2, GWG, 4 SOG, +4), Zdeno Chara (27:12 TOI, +2, 2 PIM), David Krejci (18:34 TOI, 2 SOG, 9/14 FO), Brad Marchand (2-1—3, 3 SOG, +3) and Tuukka Rask (DNP).

 

* Home teams own a 12-4 advantage in the 16 prior Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Final, but road teams have won each of the past two – in 2011 (BOS at VAN) and 2009 (PIT at DET).

 

* This marks the sixth Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, one shy of the single-year record achieved in 1994, 2011 and 2014.

 

* Including all rounds, this marks the 178th Game 7 in NHL history. The team that scores first is 131-46 (.740), including an 11-5 record in the Stanley Cup Final and 3-2 clip in 2019. Home teams are 104-73 (.587), including a 4-1 edge in 2019.

 

* Forty-four prior Game 7s have required overtime (24.9%), including a record-setting three of five this year. Home teams are 23-21 in those contests (2-1 in 2019).

 

* Only two Stanley Cup Final Game 7s have gone to overtime, both won by Detroit at home: in 1950, when Pete Babando scored at 8:31 of double-overtime to lift the Red Wings over the Rangers, and 1954, when Tony Leswick scored at 4:29 of the extra session to power Detroit past Montreal.

 

Click here for a closer look at all of the Game 7s in Stanley Cup Final history.

 

* There also were seven winner-take-all games in the Stanley Cup Final prior to 1939, when the series shifted to the best-of-seven format. Those all were decided in Game 5: in 1918 (Arenas-Millionaires), 1920 (Senators-Metropolitans), 1921 (Senators-Millionaires), 1922 (St. Patricks-Millionaires), 1928 (Rangers-Maroons), 1931 (Canadiens-Black Hawks) and 1937 (Red Wings-Rangers).

 

* Both the Bruins and Blues are playing in a Game 7 for the second time this postseason; Boston eliminated Toronto in the First Round (5-1), while St. Louis ousted Dallas in the Second Round (2-1, 2OT). The Bruins have played multiple Game 7s in a single playoff year one other time (2011), while the Blues have done so in three prior postseasons (1968: 2‑0, 1986: 1-1 and 2016: 2-0).

 

* Either the Bruins or Blues will become the 13th team in NHL history to win multiple Game 7s en route to a Stanley Cup, with 2019 marking the third such instance under the current playoff format (also 2014 LAK and 2017 PIT).

 

* This marks the fifth championship Game 7 between franchises from Boston and St. Louis (across the NHL, MLB and NBA). MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox in seven games in both the 1946 and 1967 World Series. The Boston Celtics beat the St. Louis Hawks in Game 7 of the 1957 and 1960 NBA Finals.

 

BRUINS SET FOR SECOND STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 7

The Bruins are contesting their second Stanley Cup Final Game 7 (also 2011) and first at home in the franchise’s 95-year history. In fact, the city of Boston is playing host to a championship Game 7 for the first time in exactly 35 years, when the NBA’s Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 111-102, on June 12, 1984, at Boston Garden.

 

Overall, the Bruins have played in an NHL-record 27 Game 7s (22 at home) and have a League-high 15 wins (14-8 at home). That includes a 5-1 victory in Game 7 of this year’s First Round, when Sean Kuraly and Joakim Nordstrom each collected 1-1—2 to lift Boston over Toronto.

 

In that series, the Bruins overcame a 2-3 series deficit to advance – a feat they also achieved in their lone other Stanley Cup Final Game 7 (2011 vs. VAN).

 

Center Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with six goals and 10 points in 11 career Game 7s (6-5), while center David Krejci has a team-high nine assists in 10 career Game 7s (6-4). Captain Zdeno Chara is set to play in his 14th career Game 7 (6-7; 0-4—4), which would surpass Patrick Roy (6-7) and Scott Stevens (7-6) for the most in NHL history.

 

Goaltender Tuukka Rask is 3-2 in five career Game 7 appearances (3.18 GAA, .877 SV%), with one such victory in overtime – in the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. TOR. Teammate Jaroslav Halak is 2-1 in three such outings (1.68 GAA, .953 SV%).

 

Bruce Cassidy has served behind the bench for two Game 7s, both wins vs. TOR (in R1 in both 2018 and 2019).

 

BLUES READY FOR FIRST STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 7

The Blues are playing their 18th Game 7 (9-8) and 11th on the road (4-6). Only two franchises in NHL history have contested more Game 7s as visitors: the Maple Leafs (16) and Canadiens (12).

 

In Game 7 of this year’s Second Round vs. DAL, left wing Pat Maroon scored at 5:50 of double-overtime to propel St. Louis into the Conference Finals for the second time in four years (also 2016). Maroon became the fourth player in Blues history to score a Game 7 overtime winner, following Ron Schock (1968 SF vs. MNS), Kevin O’Shea (1972 QF vs. MNS) and Pierre Turgeon (1999 CQF vs. PHX).

 

Center Robby Fabbri tops St. Louis with three assists and four points in two career Game 7s (2-0). Defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who has not played in a game this postseason, is the only Blues player with multiple goals in Game 7s (2-1—3 in 3 GP; 3-0).

 

Goaltender Jordan Binnington made his Game 7 debut in the Second Round, stopping 29 of 30 shots in St. Louis’ double-overtime victory vs. DAL.

 

Head coach Craig Berube is 1-1 in two career Game 7s behind the bench; his lone loss came with the Flyers in the 2014 First Round at NYR.

 

ROAD TEAM ADVANTAGE?

The road team has won four of the first six games in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final – the highest such total since 2004, when the Lightning and Flames each won twice as visitors. There only have been three instances of road teams combining to win five games in a single Stanley Cup Final: in 1945 (TOR-DET), 1966 (MTL-DET) and 2000 (NJD-DAL).

 

St. Louis is seeking to become the seventh team in NHL history – and first since 2000 – to win three games as a visitor during the Stanley Cup Final. The only teams that have done so: the 1921 Senators (at VMI), 1928 Rangers (at MMR), 1945 Maple Leafs (at DET), 1966 Canadiens (at DET), 1990 Oilers (at BOS) and 2000 Devils (at DAL). Each of the prior six won the Stanley Cup.

 

The Blues are 9-3 overall on the road this postseason, outscoring opponents 38-29. Only five teams in League history have won 10 games as visitors during a single playoff year: the 1995 Devils (10-1), 2012 Kings (10-1), 2000 Devils (10-2), 2018 Capitals (10-3) and 2004 Flames (10-4).

 

BRUINS AIM TO WIN SPECIAL TEAMS BATTLE

Boston has scored at least one power-play goal in four of six games so far this series, going 7-for-23 (30.4%) with the man-advantage while killing off 17-of-18 (94.4%) St. Louis power plays.

 

Overall, the Bruins are clicking at 32.9 percent on the power play this postseason (24-for-73). Only one team in NHL history has posted a higher power-play conversion rate within a single playoff year (since 1977-78, minimum: 50 PPO): the 1981 Islanders (37.8%, 31-for-82).

 

Boston’s 24 power-play goals also are tied for a single-year franchise record set in 1991 (24-for-100). It is the highest total by any team in one postseason since 2006, when Carolina had 31 and Edmonton had 24.

 

BLUES, BINNINGTON LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK (AGAIN)

The Blues are 7-2 following a loss this postseason, outscoring opponents 26-17 in those contests.

 

Goaltender Jordan Binnington has started all nine of those games, compiling a 1.86 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. Only five goaltenders in NHL history have posted as many wins after defeat within a single postseason: Nikolai Khabibulin (8-0 in 2004 w/ TBL), Ron Hextall (8-2 in 1987 w/ PHI), Miikka Kiprusoff (8-3 in 2004 w/ CGY), Marc-Andre Fleury (7-2 in 2009 w/ PIT) and Henrik Lundqvist (7-4 in 2014 w/ NYR).

 

Binnington, who in Game 5 tied the single-postseason record for overall wins by a rookie goaltender, is seeking to become the first rookie netminder in NHL history to earn all 16 victories for his team in one playoff year.

 

Binnington also is attempting to match a League record with his 10th road win of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which would equal Martin Brodeur (10-1 in 1995, 10-2 in 2000, both w/ NJD), Jonathan Quick (10-1 in 2012 w/ LAK), Braden Holtby (10-3 in 2018 w/ WSH) and Kiprusoff (10-4 in 2004 w/ CGY).

 

Only three rookie goaltenders in NHL history have won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final: Toronto’s Frank McCool in 1945 (at DET), Montreal’s Ken Dryden in 1971 (at CHI) and Carolina’s Cam Ward in 2006 (vs. EDM). Hextall lost Game 7 of the Final in 1987 (at EDM), but took home the Conn Smythe Trophy (15-11, 2.76 GAA, .908 SV%, 2 SO).

 

MARCHAND GOALS = BOSTON VICTORIES

Bruins left wing Brad Marchand scored his 30th career playoff goal (and ninth of 2019) in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Boston improved to 25-1 all time when Marchand scores in the postseason, with the team’s lone such loss in Game 5 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. WSH.

 

Only two other players in NHL history have registered at least 20 career playoff goals, with their team suffering no more than one loss in games in which they scored: Bob Gainey, whose Canadiens had a perfect 22-0 record when he found the back of the net (25 G), and Bobby Rousseau, whose teams went 23-1 when he scored (27 G w/ MTL, MNS and NYR).

 

Marchand now has seven career goals in the Stanley Cup Final (7-4—11 in 19 GP). Only two players in Bruins history have more such goals: Bobby Orr (8-12—20 in 16 GP) and Johnny Bucyk (8-5—13 in 24 GP).

 

O’REILLY ATTEMPTS TO JOIN SHORT LIST

Blues center Ryan O’Reilly (7-14—21 in 25 GP) has scored in three straight games (4-1—5) to match a franchise record for points in a single playoff year, equaling Brett Hull (1990: 13-8—21 in 12 GP), Doug Gilmour (1986: 9-12—21 in 19 GP) and Bernie Federko (1986: 7-14—21 in 19 GP).

 

O’Reilly, who was acquired via an offseason trade, is seeking to become the 14th player in NHL history to score in four consecutive Stanley Cup Final games and first since Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky in 1985 (7-4—11 in 4 GP vs. PHI).

 

RASK IN SERIES-CLINCHING, ELIMINATION GAMES

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask owns a 9-12 record in 21 career potential series-clinching games, compiling a 2.60 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and three shutouts in those contests. That includes a 3-0 clip this year, with a 0.33 goals-against average, .990 save percentage and two shutouts (95 SV/96 SA).

 

Rask also is 6-5 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 11 career games when facing elimination. That includes a 3-0 record this year, with a 1.34 goals-against average and .953 save percentage (82 SV/86 SA).

 

STANLEY CUP FINAL REMAINS TIGHT ON SCORE SHEET

Four of the six games thus far in the Stanley Cup Final have been decided by one goal, or two goals following an empty-net strike. Overall, the series has been tied or within one goal for 81.5 percent of total playing time. A breakdown:

 

Time Tied Separated by 1 Goal Separated by 2 Goals Separated by 3+ Goals Total Time
134:03 (36.8%) 162:29 (44.7%) 19:29 (5.4%) 47:50 (13.1%) 363:51

 

The Bruins and Blues have held leads for similar times, with Boston doing so for 34.3 percent of total playing time (124:43) and St. Louis at 28.9 percent (105:05).

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

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