STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (14-7, 1.83 GAA, .941 Save %) vs. Crawford (15-7, 1.83 GAA, .932 Save %). Rask is 21-13 with a 2.12 GAA and .931 Save % with three shutouts in 34 career postseason games. Crawford is 20-15 with a 2.04 GAA and .924 Save % with two shutouts in 36 career postseason games.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from in and around the Boston area. Tonight’s Fan Banner Captain is ENTER HERE:
TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown, Sean Tierney, Eric Gahagan and Ariane Thibodeau (Bomb Technicians from the Boston area)
TOR, Game 2: Jeff Bauman (Helped authorities identify the suspects after the Boston Marathon events, despite being injured)
TOR, Game 5: Carlos Arredondo (Came to aid of Jeff Bauman and others injured at the Boston Marathon)
TOR, Game 7: Jarrod Clowery (Bruins fan injured at the Boston Marathon)
NYR, Game 1: Adrianne Haslet-Davis (Despite being injured at the Boston Marathon, vows to dance and run again)
NYR, Game 2: Chris Dumont (Mass. State Police officer who came to the aid of Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue)
NYR, Game 5: J.P. and Paul Norden (Bruins fans from Stoneham, MA who were injured at the Boston Marathon events)
PIT, Game 3: Richard Donohue (Transit Police Officer who was in a firefight with the bombing suspects from the Marathon)
PIT, Game 4: William and Patricia Campbell (Their daughter Krystle passed away at the Boston Marathon events)
CHI, Game 3, Rob Rogers, Jenn Rogers and Jennifer Lemmerman (Siblings of Sean Collier, who passed away defending the City of Boston)
CHI, Game 4: Marc Fucarile (Bruins fan who was the last of 31 patients to be released from Mass. General Hospital after being injured at the bombing)
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 27 postseason games with Boston holding an 18-8-1 advantage and a 110-77 scoring edge. The Bruins are 10-4-1 lifetime vs. the Blackhawks in Boston and 8-4 lifetime in Chicago in the playoffs.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr is currently one point shy of his 200th NHL playoff point. Jagr is the active leader in postseason goals (78, 11th all-time), assists (121, 9th all-time) and points (199, 5th all-time).
STREAKING: B’s Defenseman Zdeno Chara enters tonight’s game Game 6 riding a three-game point streak, having notched one goal and three assists during that span.
SODERBERG’S POSTSEASON DEBUT: Carl Soderberg played in his first NHL playoff game in Game 5 at the United Center in Chicago, becoming the second Bruin in team history to play in his first career postseason game in a Stanley Cup Final (Richie Leduc, 1974 vs. PHI) In his first postseason appearance, the 27-year-old registered two shots on goal in 17 shifts for 14:16 of ice-time.
BLACKHAWKS NOTEBOOK: Patrick Kane enters Game 6 riding a two-game goal/point streak, having notched three goals and one assist, including the game-winning goal in Game 5. Kane leads Chicago with 19 points (9-10=19) through 22 postseason games… Patrick Sharp leads the NHL in postseason goal scoring with 10… Marian Hossa (7-9=16), Bryan Bickell (8-8=16) and Sharp (10-6=16) are all tied for second on the team with 16 points apiece… Chicago Head Coach Joel Quenneville’s 86 postseason wins are the most among active coaches and ranks seventh all-time… 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: 61-for-69 (88.4%, 4th NHL)… Blackhawks power play: 8-for-68 (11.8%, T-12th NHL), Blackhawks penalty kill: 65-for-72 (90.3%, 3rd NHL).
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