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A closer look at Bruins’ recent Game 7 history

04.24.12 at 9:14 pm ET

Since the 2007-08 season, the Bruins have played six Game 7s, and until last season, they had lost all of them. In the 2011 playoffs, however, the Bruins won three Game 7s en route to winning the Stanley Cup. Two of those wins were by one goal, one of which was an overtime winner.

Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand lead the Bruins in scoring in those Game 7s with four points each. Lucic has scored three goals and recorded an assist in six Game 7s since 2008 while Marchand, in just three career Game 7s, has two goals and two assists. Both goals and one assist came in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals against Vancouver, which the Bruins won, 4-0. Nathan Horton has two Game 7 goals, both of which were game-winners. He leads the Bruins in game-winning Game 7 goals since 2008, but is not playing in the playoffs this year because of a concussion.

Tim Thomas played in five of the six Game 7s, and he owns a 3-2 record with a .935 save percentage in Game 7. Thomas engineered the Bruins to two of their three Game 7 wins last season, pitching a shutout in the Eastern Conference finals and the Stanley Cup finals.

Here’s a further breakdown of how the Bruins have fared in Game 7 since 2008:

Records by round

Game 7 overall: 3-3
Game 7 first round: 1-1
Game 7 second round: 0-2
Game 7 Eastern Conference Finals: 1-0
Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals: 1-0


Home: 2-2
Away: 1-1


One-goal games: 2-2
More than one-goal games: 1-1
Shutouts: 2-1
Overtime games: 1-1
Regulation games: 2-2

vs. opponents

Tampa Bay: 1-0
Vancouver: 1-0
Montreal: 1-1
Carolina: 0-1
Philadelphia: 0-1


Tim Thomas: 3-2, 159 saves on 170 shots .935 save percentage, two shutouts

Tuukka Rask: 0-1, 23 saves on 27 shots, .842 save percentage


Patrice Bergeron 2-1=3, 1 game-winning goal

Byron Bitz* 1-0=1

Johnny Boychuk 1-1=2

Gregory Campbell 0-1=1

Zdeno Chara 0-1=1

Andrew Ference 0-3=3

Nathan Horton^ 2-0=2, 2 game-winning goals

Chris Kelly 1-0=1

Phil Kessel* 0-1=1

David Krejci 0-2=2

Milan Lucic 3-1=4

Brad Marchand 2-2=4

Adam McQuaid^ 0-1=1

Rich Peverley 0-1=1

Mark Recchi* 1-2=3

Michael Ryder* 1-1=2

Marc Savard^ 0-1=1

Dennis Seidenberg 0-2=2

Dennis Wideman* 0-1=1

*no longer on team

^out with an injury


2008 Playoffs

First round:
Montreal 5, Boston 0
PP: 0-for-2
Bruins scorers: none
Goalie: Thomas, 30 saves

2009 Playoffs

Second round:
Carolina 3, Boston 2 OT
PP: 0-for-4
Bruins scorers: Bitz (1st), Lucic (3rd)
Goalie: Thomas, 34 saves

2010 Playoffs

Second round:
Philadelphia 4, Boston 3
PP: 2-for-3
Bruins scorers: Ryder (1st), Lucic (1st), Lucic (1st)
Goalie: Rask, 23 saves

2011 Playoffs

First round:
Boston 4, Montreal 3 OT
PP: 0-for-2, SHGA
Bruins scorers: Boychuk (1st), Recchi (1st), Kelly (3rd), Horton (OT)
Goalie: Thomas, 34 saves

Eastern Conference finals:
Boston 1, Tampa Bay 0
Bruins scorer: Horton (3rd)
Goalie: Thomas, 24 saves

Stanley Cup finals:
Boston 4, Vancouver 0
PP: 0-for-2, SHGF
Bruins scorers: Bergeron (1st), Marchand (2nd), Bergeron (2nd), Marchand (3rd)
Goalie: Thomas, 37 saves

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