ST. LOUIS — Game 7.
Is there anything better in sports, especially with a Stanley Cup up for hoisting? The anticipation will build to a fever pitch over the next 48 hours as the Bruins and Blues prepare for a Final showdown at TD Garden Wednesday.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 35 years since a championship Game 7 was held in Boston. The last time? The Celtics beat the Lakers at Boston Garden for the 1984 NBA title. And if you believe in good omens, the date was June 12.
Bruins-Blues Game 7 is Wednesday, June 12. So it will be 35 years to the day.
Cedric Maxwell scored 24 points in the 111-102 victory, and Larry Bird, of course, was the Finals MVP, averaging 27 points and 14 rebounds during the series.
Maybe No. 33 should be seen waving a banner Wednesday night.
Things to know
The Bruins are 25-1 all-time in the playoffs when Brad Marchand scores . . . The Bruins are the sixth team to win on the road to force a Game 7 in the Cup Final. That team hoisted the Cup in four of the previous five instances . . . The Bruins are 15-12 all-time in Game 7s, the most wins in NHL history. They’re 14-8 at home . . . This will be the sixth Game 7 of the playoffs, one shy of the record for a year . . . Torey Krug has recorded 6 points in the Final, tied for the most among all players; he also has 18 points in the playoffs, the most by a Bruins defenseman since Ray Bourque had 25 in 1991 . . . Karson Kuhlman is the 21st different Bruin to score in this year’s postseason, which ties the NHL record (1987 Flyers) . . . Brandon Carlo is the fourth player in the last 32 years to have his first two career playoff goals come in the Final . . . The Bruins are now 13-0 in the playoffs when leading after two periods; the Blues are 2-7.
1 p.m. ET – Bruce Cassidy and select players address the media (Hanscom, Bedford)
3:30 p.m. CT – Blues coach Craig Berube and select players address the media (St. Louis Airport)
■ Matt Porter catches up with an emotional Charlie McAvoy after Game 6
■ Nicole Yang catches up with Krug, whose wife is expecting a baby any day
■ Chad Finn on the Bruins’ tremendous resiliency
■ Frank Dell’Apa on the team’s thoughts about playing in Game 7
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