STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (3-1, 0.95 GAA, .966 Save %) vs. Gustavsson (0-1, 2.45 GAA, 9.25 Save %). In 39 postseason games, Rask has amassed a 24-15 record with a 2.03 GAA & .933 save % with four shutouts. Gustavsson appeared in his first postseason game in Thursday’s contest against the Bruins in Detroit.
BRUINS VS RED WINGS LIFETIME PLAYOFF HISTORY: The Bruins and Red Wings will meet for their 38th postseason matchup this afternoon. The Black & Gold have racked up a 22-15 lifetime playoff record against Detroit, with the Bruins holding a 106-102 scoring edge. In 18 lifetime postseason games in Boston, the Bruins have compiled a 11-7 record against Detroit with a 47-41 scoring advantage on home ice. The Bruins have led a best of seven series 3-1 on 19 occasions; 10 of those series ended in five games (10-0), four were finished in six games (4-0) and five were extended to a full seven games (3-2).
BRUINS MEDIA AVAILABILITY: The Bruins practice plans and media availability for Sunday, April 27 will be confirmed following today’s game.
SHARING THE WEIGHT: In four games against Detroit, all but five Bruins who have appeared in at least one game this series, have registered at least one point. Leading the way for the Black & Gold is Patrice Bergeron who has tallied one goal and three assists for four points. Four Bruins have scored their first playoff goals this postseason (Jordan Caron, Justin Florek, Dougie Hamilton & Reilly Smith), which accounts for 40% of Boston’s 10 goals this series.
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 John “Pie” McKenzie, will serve as today’s Fan Banner Captain to kick off Game 5 against Detroit.
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.
208 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, April 20, the Boston Bruins have reached 208 straight regular season and playoff game sell outs. 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: The Red Wings recalled goaltender Jake Paterson from Grand Rapids (American Hockey League) on April 25… Detroit Captain Pavel Datsyuk leads the Wings in scoring with two goals and one assist for three points… Goaltender Jimmy Howard is three wins shy of fifth on Detroit’s all-time playoff wins list behind Harry Lumley (24)... Detroit’s all-time series record when facing a 3-1 series deficit is 2-17, along with a 7-12 record in Game 5s when down 3-1 in a series.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 4-for-10 (40.0%, 1st NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 12-for-13 (92.3%, T-2nd NHL)… Red Wings power play: 1-for-13 (7.7%, 15th NHL), Red Wings penalty kill: 6-for-10 (16.0%, 16th NHL).
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