5:15 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots : BOS VS CHI
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (14-6, 1.83 GAA, .941 Save %) vs. Crawford (14-7, 1.86 GAA, .931 Save %). Rask is 21-12 with a 2.12 GAA and .931 Save % with three shutouts in 33 career postseason games. Crawford is 19-15 with a 2.07 GAA and .924 Save % with two shutouts in 35 career postseason games.
BRUINS VS BLACKHAWKS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Blackhawks are squaring off 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 26 postseason games with Boston holding an 18-7-1 advantage and a 109-74 scoring edge. The Bruins are 10-4-1 lifetime vs. the Blackhawks in Boston and 8-3 lifetime in Chicago in the playoffs. The Bruins enters tonight’s game with a 16-14 lifetime record when tied at 2-2 in a best-of-seven series. They are also 15-15 in game 5s of best-of-seven series when tied at 2.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr is one point shy of his 200th playoff point.
2013 SCF IS MAKING HISTORY: This is the first time since 1983 that three games of a Stanley Cup Final series have gone into overtime. The Los Angeles Kings and Montreal Canadiens went into OT three times in ’93 with the Habs emerging with victories on each occasion. The 2013 Bruins are making some history of their own as well. They have joined the 1967-68 St. Louis Blues and the 1998-99 Dallas Stars as the only teams to play eight overtime games in a single postseason. Only the 2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes (9 OT games) and the 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens (11 OT games) played in more overtime games.
GAME 5 BREAKDOWN: Tonight’s game features this postseason’s best home team (10-2) hosing its best road squad (6-3). The Bruins are the only team to accrue a winning mark on the road this postseason…The SCF is tied at 2-2 for the fourth time in the last five years. Teams winning Game 5 of the SCF when tied at 2-2 have gone on to win the Cup 15 times (68.2%). However, teams losing Game 5 have rebounded to win the Cup on four of the past six occasions—including the 2011 Boston Bruins.
JAGR MOVING UP THE PLAYOFF RANKS: Jaromir Jagr skated in his 200th career playoff game in Game 4, becoming the 21st player in NHL history to reach that milestone. He also tallied a pair of assists, vaulting him past Paul Coffey (59-137=196) for 5th place on the all-time playoff points list. Jagr also moved into 9th place on the all-time playoff assists list, tying him with Al MacInnis and Glenn Anderson.
BERGERON HOT ON THE DOT: 2013 Selke Trophy finalist Patrice Bergeron—who led the NHL in the regular season in faceoff percentage (62.1%)—is also leading the league in postseason faceoff percentage. Bergeron’s 62.2% (295/474) success rate is a whole 10 percent higher than the next most proficient player, Chicago’s Jonathan Toews. Only once has Bergeron registered a faceoff percentage below 50% this postseason, coming against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 (13/45, 37.1%). The Bruins’ assistant captain is also tied with David Krejci for the team-lead in goals with nine after potting a pair in Game 4.
BLACKHAWKS NOTEBOOK: Patrick Sharp became the NHL’s leading postseason goal scorer when he netted his 10th in Game 4…Sharp’s goal came on a power play, snapping Chicago’s 0-for-23 slump…The Blackhawks have a league-high 10 home wins this postseason. Chicago has outscored opponents 38-22 at the United Center and has won six of its last seven home games…Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook became the fifth defenseman in NHL history to record two overtime goals in this same postseason, joining Scott Niedermayer, Niclas Wallin, Chris Chelios, and Leo Reise Jr…On June 14, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was named the 2013 Selke Trophy winner… 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: 11-for-59 (18.6%, 7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 59-for-67 (88.1%, 4th NHL)… Blackhawks power play: 8-for-66 (12.1%, 12th NHL), Blackhawks penalty kill: 67-for-72 (90.3%, 3rd NHL).
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