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Flyers, Bruins Set for Historic Game 7

Thursday, 05.13.2010 / 12:09 PM ET / News
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Flyers, Bruins Set for Historic Game 7
Philadelphia Flyers' Daniel Carcillo, right, tries to get to the puck around Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron in the third period of Game 6 of a second-round NHL playoff hockey series, Wednesday, May 12, 2010, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 2-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
The sports world will be focused on TD Garden in Boston Friday night as the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers face off in a winner-take-all Game 7 showdown to decide the Eastern Conference Semifinal series (7 p.m., CSN).

The winner of Friday's game between the sixth-seeded Bruins and seventh-seeded Flyers will advance to the Eastern Conference Final and have home-ice advantage against the #8 seed Montreal Canadiens.

The Flyers will attempt to complete the monumental comeback that has been achieved just twice in NHL history -- to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games. The Toronto Maple Leafs overcame an 0-3 deficit to defeat the Detroit Red Wings in the 1942 Stanley Cup Final and the New York Islanders did the same against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 1975 quarter-final series.

Such a comeback is a rarity in the NHL -- the two successful clubs represent just 1.2% of the 161 clubs that have attempted it -- as well as in the other major professional sports leagues. Just one club in the history of Major League Baseball has done it, the Boston Red Sox in 2004 against the New York Yankees, and no club in the National Basketball Association has accomplished the feat.

The Bruins, meanwhile, are in quest of their first berth in the Conference Finals since 1992. They will take to the TD Garden ice exactly one year after hosting Carolina in Game 7 of their 2009 Conference Semifinal series, won by the Hurricanes on an overtime goal by Scott Walker.

Bruins forward Mark Recchi, 42, will be making his eighth career Game 7 appearance, the most among players on both clubs. Neither starting goaltender, rookie Tuukka Rask for the Bruins and Michael Leighton for the Flyers, has appeared in an NHL seventh game. The Norris Trophy-winning 'twin tower' defensemen in the series, Boston's 6-9, 255-lb. Zdeno Chara and Philadelphia's 6-6, 220-lb. Chris Pronger, are a combined 1-9 in Game 7s (Chara 0-4, Pronger 1-5).

The Bruins trailed less than 1% of the time in their victories (1:39 out of 193:52 in Games 1-3), while the Flyers trailed just under 2% of the time in their wins (3:29 out of 194:40 in Games 4-6).

Overall, 132 playoff series have gone to seven games since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939. The home team has won 80 (.606), although road clubs are 3-0 in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs and 8-4 since 2008.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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