Stanley Cup goes to Game Seven
The Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues are preparing to settle the fate of this year’s Stanley Cup when they meet in Game Seven at TD Garden on Wednesday.
This will be the 17th time that the Stanley Cup has gone to a Game Seven decider, and the first since 2011, when the Bruins got the better of the Vancouver Canucks 4-0. Boston won that series on the road, but this time around they will have home advantage for the decider, which has helped to make them the favourites with sports betting companies to win this game.
Boston have twice led in the series, but trailed 3-2 going into Sunday’s game in St. Louis, where they secured a 5-1 win thanks to an impressive defensive performance, and looking ahead to Wednesday, defenceman Charlie McAvoy said that the Boston players were embracing the opportunity:
“There is no time to be worried or nervous about this situation. There are guys who never get a chance to play here, and I’ll be darned if I spend a second not being grateful and just playing the best that I can. Because I’ll look back on it one day, and all you can do is be thankful for these opportunities. You’ve just got to go out and have fun.”
The Bruins will be aiming to win their seventh Stanley Cup and have a 15-12 win-loss record in the Finals, including an impressive 14-8 home record. They’ve shown that they can handle the pressure of series deciders already in this year’s playoffs, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game Seven in the Eastern Conference First Round on their way to the Final.
For McAvoy’s fellow defenceman, Zdeno Chára, this game will be a milestone that will see him pass Patrick Roy and Scott Stevens in the list of most Game Sevens in NHL history with 14. He will be supported by in-form goaltender Tuukka Rask, who has a 3-2 record in Game Sevens, though all three of those wins came against Toronto in the First Round, in 2013, 2018 and 2019.
Meanwhile, the Blues, who have never appeared in a Game Seven in the Cup Final and are aiming to win it for the first time in the history of their franchise, will hope to continue their strong form on the road, which has seen them win four of their last five playoff games away from St. Louis.
Words: Stijn Janssen