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Game 1 winner can dominate series

6/12/2013

Stanley Cup finals – Game 1

Bruins at Blackhawks, 8 ET


* 1st meeting of Original Six teams in Stanley Cup finals since 1979 (Canadiens def. Rangers); 7th meeting of Original Six teams in Cup finals in post-expansion era (since 1967-68)

* Game 1 winners have gone on to win Stanley Cup finals 76.7 percent of time (56 of 73) since best-of-7 format was first used in 1939

* Bruins-Blackhawks: 1st playoff meeting since 1978 Quarterfinals

* Bruins: Won 5 straight and 9-1 in last 10 playoff games

* David Krejci (BOS): leads 2013 postseason in goals (9) and points (21)

* Blackhawks: 7-1 in last 8 playoff games (9-1 at home this postseason)

* Blackhawks: Allowed just 3 PPG in 17 postseason games (lead playoffs in PK percent at 94.8, 55-58)

* Corey Crawford (CHI): leads postseason in goals-against average at 1.74 (BOS goalie Tuukka Rask is 2nd at 1.75)

* Bruins: Since tying Game 7 of conference quarterfinals vs Maple Leafs with 51 seconds to go in the third period, they have trailed for just 35:07 of the 604:58 minutes they’ve played (5.8 percent) and have not trailed by more than one goal in that stretch.

Chicago vs Boston in Championship Game/Round, All-Time U.S. Pro Sports

June 2013NHLBlackhawks vs Bruins

Jan. 1986 NFLBears Def. Patriots

Sep. 1918 MLBRed Sox Def. Cubs

>> Source: Elias Sports Bureau

Stanley Cup Final Opponents That Did Not Meet in Regular Season, Since 1995

Winner

2013 Bruins-Blackhawks ?

2008 Red Wings-Penguins Red Wings

2007 Ducks-Senators Ducks

2006 Hurricanes-Oilers Hurricanes

1995 Red Wings-Devils Devils

>> Source: Elias Sports Bureau

Original Six Matchups in Stanley Cup Final, Since Expansion (1967-68)

1979 Canadiens def. Rangers

1978 Canadiens def. Bruins

1977 Canadiens def. Bruins

1973 Canadiens def. Blackhawks

1972 Bruins def. Rangers

1971 Canadiens def. Blackhawks

>> Blackhawks and Bruins meeting in Stanley Cup Final for 1st time

Teams To Win Presidents' Trophy & Stanley Cup In Same Season

2007-08 Red Wings

2001-02 Red Wings

2000-01 Avalanche

1998-99 Dallas Stars

1993-94 Rangers

1988-89 Flames

1986-87 Oilers

>> Blackhawks Won 2012-13 Presidents' Trophy