7:30 p.m. - Pregame Notes: BOS VS CHI
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (12-5, 1.78 GAA, .942 Save %) vs. Crawford (13-5, 1.73 GAA, .936 Save %). Rask is 19-11 with a 2.13 GAA and .930 Save % with two shutouts in 30 career postseason games. Crawford is 18-13 with a 2.01 GAA and .925 Save % with two shutouts in 32 career postseason games.
BRUINS VS BLACKHAWKS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Blackhawks are squaring off in in the postseason for the seventh time—first in the Stanley Cup Finals—with Boston holding a 5-1 lifetime series record. These teams have played 23 postseason games with Boston holding a 16-6-1 advantage and a 100-67 scoring edge. The Bruins are 9-3-1 lifetime vs. the Blackhawks in Boston and 7-3 lifetime in Chicago in the playoffs. Boston won its first four series versus Chicago (1927, 1942, 1970, 1974) before falling to the Blackhawks in a best-of-3 series in 1975.
GAME 1 MARATAHON SETS RECORDS: Game 1 between the Bruins and Blackhawks spanned 112:08 of total game time, becoming the fifth longest game in Stanley Cup Final history and the fourth longest game in Boston Bruins history. Wednesday’s game fell only 4:06 shy of becoming the longest game in SCF history, a mark set in Game 1 of the 1990 Cup Final between the Bruins and Edmonton Oilers.
BERGERON WINS KING CLANCY AWARD: On Friday, Bruins centerman Patrice Bergeron was named the winner of the 2013 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is annually awarded to an NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. To date, children from Children's Hospital Boston, the Cam Neely Foundation, Franciscan Hospital for Children, Joslin Diabetes Center, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brother and Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay, Oak Square YMCA, Shriners Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, among others, have all participated in Patrice's Pals—Bergeron’s philanthropic organization.
STREAKING: Patrice Bergeron is the lone Bruin riding a point streak into tonight’s Game 2, having recorded at least one point in four consecutive games. During this span, Bergeron has netted three goals—including the game-winner in double-overtime of Boston’s Game 3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins—and logged two assists. Similarly, both David Krejci and Milan Lucic have recorded a point in four of their last five games.
BRUINS DEFENSEMEN PITCHING IN: The Bruins blue liners have accounted for 35 of the team’s 146 points (24.0%) this postseason, including 15 of its 53 goals (28.3%). Johnny Boychuk leads the way with five goals (2nd among NHL defensemen), while Zdeno Chara leads Boston’s D-men in points with 11 (T-3rd among NHL defensemen). Rookie Torey Krug has also contributed six points in 10 games, and Adam McQuaid delivered the game-winning goal in the Bruins’ series-clinching Game 4 win over Pittsburgh in the ECF. LUCIC-KREJCI-HORTON LINE PACING NHL: Entering tonight’s Game 2, the members of the Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton line are pacing the NHL in several statistical categories. Krejci leads the NHL in playoff goals, assists, and points with 9-14=23 totals, while Horton ranks second at 7-11=18, and Lucic third with 5-11=16. This trio also owns the top three spots in the postseason plus-minus department with Horton leading the way at plus-22, followed by Krejci at plus-15, and Lucic at plus-14.
BERGERON & BOYCHUK ON POINT: Patrice Bergeron and Johnny Boychuk are also pacing the NHL in separate statistical categories. Bergeron—the NHL’s most proficient faceoff player in the regular season—is winning draws at a league-best 61.6% clip. Boychuk, meanwhile, is leading the NHL in blocked shots with 56. BLACKHAWKS NOTEBOOK: Wednesday’s Game 1 was the third longest playoff game in Blackhawks history…Rookie forward and Calder Trophy finalist Brandon Saad netted his first career postseason goal in Game 1…Chicago enters the 2013 Stanley Cup Final in search of its fifth championship, having hoisted the Cup in 1934, 1938, 1961, and 2010…The Blackhawks return nine players from their 2010 championship team, including captain Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Duncan Keith…Goaltender Corey Crawford leads the NHL with 13 wins and a 1.73 postseason GAA, Crawford’s .936 postseason Save % is good for second amongst all goaltenders…The Blackhawks captured the Presidents’ Trophy after posting a 36-7-5 regular season record, which set an NHL record for most points in a 48-game season.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 8-for-48 (16.7%, 9th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 48-for-55 (87.3%, 5th NHL)… Blackhawks power play: 7-for-54 (13.0%, 12th NHL), Blackhawks penalty kill: 57-for-61 (93.4%, 1st NHL).
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