Notes: Recent history favors Bruins

Notes: Recent history favors Bruins
June 22, 2013, 6:30 pm
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CHICAGO -- News tidbits from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Bruins and Blackhawks

  • Teams have split the first four games of the Stanley Cup Finals 22 times since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939. The team winning Game 5 has won the Cup 15 times (68.2%). However, the team losing Game 5 has rebounded to win the series on four of the past six occasions (all since 2001).

The seven teams that have won the Stanley Cup after losing Game 5 (* -- lost Game 5 at home):

1950: *Red Wings (vs. Rangers)
1964: *Maple Leafs (vs. Red Wings)
1971: Canadiens (vs. Blackhawks)
2001: *Avalanche (vs. Devils)
2004: *Lightning (vs. Flames)
2009: Penguins (vs. Red Wings)
2011: Bruins (vs. Canucks)

  • This is the fourth time in the last five years that the Stanley Cup Finals have been tied 2-2 entering Game 5. The only year it didn't happen was 2012, when the Kings led the Devils, 3-1, entering Game 5. (L.A. won the series in six games.)

  • This is sixth Stanley Cup Finals since 1927 to have three or more overtime games:

FIVE OVERTIME GAMES:
1951: Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens (Toronto won 4 of the 5 and won the series, 4-1)

THREE OVERTIME GAMES:
1940: Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (New York won all 3 and won the series, 4-2)
1946: Canadiens vs. Bruins (Montreal won 2 of the 3 and won the series, 4-1)
1950: Red Wings vs. Rangers (New York won 2 of the 3, but Detroit won the series, 4-3)
1993: Canadiens vs. Kings (Montreal won all 3 and won the series, 4-1)
2013: Blackhawks vs. Bruins (Chicago has won 2 of the 3)

  • Road teams have won 15 of the past 19 Stanley Cup Final overtime games, including two of the three in this series, and are 20-6 since 1990 (.769).

  • Game 4 was the 27th overtime game of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs (84 games), one shy of the record set in 1993 (85 games).

  • Home teams are 59-26 in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs (.694), setting a record for most wins by home clubs in a single postseason. The previous mark of 57 was set during the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs (92 GP). The last time home teams had a winning percentage of .600 or higher during the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 1993, when they went 52-33 (.612).

  • The Bruins have an NHL-best six road wins this postseason and are the only playoff team with an above-.500 record as visitors (6-4). They have outscored their opponents, 30-21, on the road.