The two best words in sports: Game Seven. There will be three game sevens on Saturday night in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Three do or die games. Three game seven heroes. Three teams will advance, and three teams will go home.
How We Got Here
The Hurricanes started the series strong winning both game one and two at home in convincing fashion. With their backs against the wall, Boston turned around and did the same thing in games three and four.
Game five saw the team’s head back to Raleigh where Carolina dominated the game and took a 3-2 series lead. The Bruins responded yet again, winning game six convincingly at home. It may sound simple and predictable but that is what this series has been.
By the Numbers
- The home team has won every game in this series in convincing fashion.
- Brad Marchand leads all scorers in points (11) and goals (4)
- Defenseman Tony DeAngelo leads Carolina with eight points
- The winner of every game has won by multiple goals
- The Canes first line has combined for 47 shots and eight goals this series
What to Expect
Based on what this series has shown thus far, Carolina should roll to a game seven win at home. Obviously, that is only based on the previous games in this series. Game sevens usually are tightly contested, down to the wire games. I expect Boston’s experience to help them tremendously in a hostile PNC Arena which has been one of the loudest this postseason.
As usual, the first goal will be extremely important. The team that has scored first has won four of six games this series. Games have been an even mixture of tight checking and wide-open play thus far. The game will go to whichever team rides its wave of momentum longer.
Carolina wins the game 4-2 scoring midway through the third period to take the lead.
Game Seven Hero: Andrei Svechnikov