The Bruins are no strangers to a winner-take-all Game 7 situation in the playoffs. They’ve played one in each of the last six postseasons, and have another one Wednesday night against their biggest rivals, the Montreal Canadiens.
Boston is 13-11 in 24 Game 7s through the years. Eight were played against the Canadiens, who hold a 5-3 record in those meetings.
Here’s a review of the Bruins’ performance in deciding games:
2013: Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 4 (OT)
The Bruins trailed, 4-1, with 11 minutes to go in the third period. Then they rallied for three goals to tie it and force overtime, and Patrice Bergeron won it six minutes into overtime, putting the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers.
2012: Capitals 2, Bruins 1 (OT)
The Bruins’ defense of their 2011 Stanley Cup championship ended when Washington’s Joel Ward scored on a rebound 2:57 into overtime. The game also will be remembered for a barrage of racial epithets directed at Ward, who is black, on social media.
2011: Bruins 4, Canucks 0
In the deciding game of the Stanley Cup Final, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron scored two goals apiece, and goalie Tim Thomas was named playoff MVP as the Bruins won their first Stanley Cup in 39 years.
2011: Bruins 1, Lightning 0
Nathan Horton’s goal with 7:33 left in the third period sent the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 21 years.
2011: Bruins 4, Canadiens 3 (OT)
In 2011, the Bruins became the first team to win three seventh games in one playoff year. They finished off Montreal when Nathan Horton scored at 5:43 of overtime.
2010: Flyers 4, Bruins 3
One of the worst collapses in team history saw the Bruins blow a 3-0 lead in the series, and also blow a 3-0 lead in the final game.
2009: Hurricanes 3, Bruins 2 (OT)
After falling behind in the series, three games to one, the Bruins forced a Game 7 and took that to overtime before losing on a Scott Walker goal.
2008: Canadiens 5, Bruins 0
The Bruins rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to force the deciding game, but couldn’t complete the comeback in Game 7 at Montreal.
2004: Canadiens 2, Bruins 0
The Canadiens won the final three games of the series, sealing it with a shutout by Jose Theodore.
1994: Bruins 5, Canadiens 3
The Bruins faced elimination in Game 6, but won, 3-2, to force Game 7. Ted Donato had a goal and an assist in the clincher.
1992: Bruins 3, Sabres 2
The Sabres won Games 5 and 6 to force the deciding game, but Dave Reid netted the game-winner and goalie Andy Moog held off Buffalo with 27 saves.
1991: Bruins 2, Canadiens 1
In the division finals, the Canadiens staved off elimination in Game 6, but fell in Game 7 when Cam Neely beat Patrick Roy for the winner.
1990: Bruins 3, Whalers 1
En route to a Stanley Cup Final appearance vs. the Oilers, the Bruins ousted their now-defunct Adams Division rivals in the opening round.
1988: Bruins 6, Devils 2
In the Stanley Cup semifinals, the teams alternated wins and losses all the way through the series.
1983: Bruins 3, Sabres 2 (OT)
Brad Park scored 1:52 into overtime to help the Bruins claim the division final.
1982: Nordiques 2, Bruins 1
In the division final, the Bruins dropped three straight before winning Game 6 in overtime to force a Game 7.
1979: Canadiens 5, Bruins 4 (OT)
A penalty for too many men on the ice dooms the Bruins. Guy Lafleur ties the game late in regulation and Yvon Lambert scores in overtime.
1976: Bruins 3, Kings 0
Three of the Bruins’ four victories in the quarterfinal round series were shutouts.
1971: Canadiens 4, Bruins 2
Facing elimination in Game 6, Canadiens defenseman J.C. Tremblay scored the game-winner to force Game 7. Three days later, he scored the game-winner again to clinch the series.
1959: Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 2
The Bruins dropped four of the last five games in the series.
1952: Canadiens 3, Bruins 1
After leaving with a concussion, Maurice Richard returned in the third period to score the winning goal.
1945: Red Wings 5, Bruins 3
The Bruins had no answer for Detroit’s Carl Liscombe, who scored four goals in Game 7.
1941: Bruins 2, Maple Leafs 1
The last four games of the series all ended in 2-1 scores — three won by the Bruins.
1939: Bruins 2, Rangers 1 (3 OTs)
After winning three straight to open the semifinal series, the Bruins lost three, then took Game 7 in triple overtime on Mel Hill’s third OT goal of the series. In the finals, they beat the Maple Leafs for their second Stanley Cup.