2:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. DET (GAME 2)
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (0-1, 1.02 GAA, .958 Save %) vs. Howard (1-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 Save %). In 36 postseason games, Rask has amassed a 21-15 record with a 2.12 GAA & .930 save % with three shutouts. In 43 NHL playoff games, Howard has accrued a 21-22 record with a 2.51 GAA & .919 save % with three shutouts.
BRUINS VS RED WINGS LIFETIME PLAYOFF HISTORY: The Bruins and Red Wings will meet for their 35th postseason matchup this afternoon. The Black & Gold have racked up a 19-15 lifetime playoff record against Detroit, with the Red Wings holding a 99-96 scoring edge. In 17 lifetime postseason games in Boston, the Bruins have compiled a 10-7 record against Detroit with a 43-40 scoring advantage on home ice.
BLACK & GOLD SEASON RECAP: The Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy this season, earning the NHL’s best regular season record at 54-19-9 for 117 points. The 54 victories tied the second highest mark in team history and the 117 points were the third most in club annals. The Bruins did not have more than a two-game winless streak during the regular season, which was the first time that has occurred since the 1939-40 campaign. Boston’s 31-7-3 record at home (second most home wins in franchise history) was a league best, while their 21-12-6 record on the road ranked fourth overall in the NHL.
BEHIND THE B POSTSEASON: The Bruins will continue to release episodes of “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani throughout the team's 2014 Stanley Cup playoff run. There will be one episode for each round the Bruins play in with air dates and times on NESN confirmed once the respective series concludes. Each episode will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native Denis Leary.
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. Tonight, as a continuation of the Bruins 90 Years Celebration, former Bruin & NESN color commentator, Andy Brickley, will serve as today’s Fan Banner Captain to kick off Game 2 against Detroit.
PLAYOFF FIRSTS: Seven players played in their first NHL postseason game during Friday night’s contest against the Red Wings – Boston’s Corey Potter, Reilly Smith and Justin Florek and Detroit’s Riley Sheehan, Tomas Tartar, Tomas Jurco and Luke Glendening all skated in their first playoff action.
SIBLING RIVALRLY: Reilly Smith faced his brother Brendan Smith in Game 1 on Friday evening, becoming the sixth Bruin to face a sibling in a playoff series and the first since Phil (Boston) and Tony (Chicago) Esposito faced in the 1975 Preliminary Series.
207 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Detroit Red Wings on April 18, the Boston Bruins have reached 207 straight regular season and playoff game sellouts. This sellout streak began on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
RED WINGS NOTEBOOK: Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard shut out the B’s in Game 1, marking his third career playoff shutout and 21st postseason win… Friday’s 1-0 win over Boston marked Head Coach Mike Babcock’s 79th career playoff win, putting himself three postseason victories shy of Toe Blake for eighth on the all-time playoff coaching wins list (82)… With Detroit advancing to this year’s playoffs, it marks the 23rd straight season they have qualified for the playoffs, which dates back to 1991.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 0-for-1 (0.0%, T-11th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 2-for-2 (100.0%, T-1st NHL)… Red Wings power play: 0-for-2 (0.0%, T-11th NHL), Red Wings penalty kill: 1-for-1 (100.0%, T-1st NHL).
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