GAME 2 OFFICIALS
The referees for tonight’s game are Gord Dwyer (No. 19) and Chris Rooney (No. 5). The linesmen are Derek Amell (No. 75) and Scott Cherrey (No. 50).
GAME 2 TRENDS
* Teams winning Game 2 have gone on to hoist the Stanley Cup 74.7 percent of the time since the Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939 (59-of-79 series).
* The Bruins are 2-1 in Game 2s during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (all at home) and 53-48-1 in the franchise’s 102 total Game 2s in best-of-seven series (37‑22 at home).
* The Blues also are 2-1 in Game 2s this postseason (2-0 on the road) and own a 28-34 record in the franchise’s 62 total Game 2s in best-of-seven series (9-22 as visitors).
* The team winning Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final also has won Game 2 in 10 of the past 13 years. The only splits in that span: 2013 (Chicago won Game 1, Boston won Game 2), 2015 (Chicago won Game 1, Tampa Bay won Game 2) and 2018 (Vegas won Game 1, Washington won Game 2).
* Fifty-one teams have taken a 2-0 series lead since the Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939. Of those, 46 (90.2%) have gone on to win the Stanley Cup.
* The all-time record of home teams sweeping Games 1 and 2 in best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals is 35-3 (.921). Two of those losses have come in the past decade: the Red Wings won the first two games at home in 2009 before ultimately losing to the Penguins in seven games, while the Canucks won the opening two games at home in 2011 before eventually falling to the Bruins in seven contests.
BRUINS SEEK 9TH CONSECUTIVE WIN, FIRST 2-0 SCF LEAD SINCE 1972
The Bruins, who have outscored opponents 32-11 during their eight-game winning streak, are aiming to string together nine straight wins in a playoff year for the third time in franchise history. The only two prior instances came in 1970 (10-0) and 1972 (9-0), both en route to Stanley Cup victories.
There have been nine total instances in NHL history of a team winning at least nine consecutive games within a single playoff year, with the most recent coming in 2008 (DET: 9-0). The League record is 11, achieved three times, which Boston can match with a sweep in the Stanley Cup Final.
Boston is seeking its fifth 2-0 lead in 20 all-time Stanley Cup Final appearances – and first since 1972 (vs. NYR). The others: 1970 (vs. STL), 1941 (vs. DET) and 1929 (vs. NYR) – all series wins.
Tuukka Rask has started all eight games for the Bruins during their current winning streak (1.38 GAA, .956 SV%, 2 SO), equaling the longest such run by any goaltender over the past 10 years. Only Gerry Cheevers has posted a longer playoff winning streak for Boston, reeling together 10 straight victories in 1970 (including four vs. STL).
BLUES, BINNINGTON AGAIN LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK
The Blues – who are in search of their first Stanley Cup Final win in franchise history (0-13) – are 5-2 following a loss in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including three straight wins in that scenario. Goaltender Jordan Binnington owns an 11-2-0 career record following a defeat (1.81 GAA, .936 SV%). That includes a 5-2 clip this postseason (1.84 GAA, .937 SV%); only San Jose’s Martin Jones (6-3) has more such wins in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Stanley Cup Final has been tied 1-1 a total of 28 times since it went to the best-of-seven format in 1939 (28-of-79 series, 35.4%). Three of those splits have come in the past six years (2013: CHI-BOS, 2015: CHI-TBL and 2018: WSH-VGK).
MARCHAND GOALS = BOSTON WINS
Bruins left wing Brad Marchand scored his 29th career playoff goal (and eighth of 2019) in Monday’s Game 1. Boston improved to 24-1 all time when Marchand scores in the postseason. The team’s lone such loss came in Game 5 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. WSH.
Marchand now has six career goals in the Stanley Cup Final (6-2—8 in 14 GP), which trails only Bobby Orr (8 in 16 GP), Johnny Bucyk (8 in 24 GP) and Wayne Cashman (7 in 26 GP) for the most in franchise history.
Marchand, who reached the 100-point milestone for the first time during the regular season, sits second in playoff scoring this year (8-11—19 in 18 GP) behind San Jose’s Logan Couture (14-6—20 in 20 GP). Marchand’s 19 postseason points equal his career high, set as a rookie in 2011 en route to Boston’s last Stanley Cup (11-8—19 in 25 GP).
TARASENKO AIMS TO KEEP STREAKS ALIVE
Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko enters Game 2 on a seven-game point streak (4-5—9), including goals in three straight contests (3-2—5). Only three players in franchise history have registered longer point streaks within a single playoff year: Tony Currie (9 GP: 4-12—16 in 1981), Brett Hull (8 GP: 10-7—17 in 1990) and Gary Sabourin (8 GP: 6‑5—11 in 1969).
Tarasenko now has 31 career playoff goals (31-15—46 in 64 GP), third on the Blues’ all-time list behind only Hull (67 in 102 GP) and Bernie Federko (35 in 91 GP).
A QUICK LOOK BACK AT GAME 1
Down 2-0 early in the second period of Game 1, the Bruins scored four unanswered goals to stage the 39th multi-goal comeback win in Stanley Cup Final history and first since Game 2 of the 2014 series between the Kings and Rangers (LAK 5-NYR 4, 2OT).
Center Sean Kuraly (1-1—2) potted the decisive goal at 5:21 of the third period, his sixth game-winner of his 21 career goals (regular season and playoffs, 184 GP). He also registered the winner in Boston’s last multi-goal comeback victory during the postseason (regardless of round), in double-overtime in Game 5 of the 2017 First Round at OTT (2-0—2).
Since the Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939, the team that has won Game 1 has gone on to capture the Stanley Cup 77.2 percent of the time (61-of-79 series).
GAME 1 RATINGS
NBC Sports’ presentation of Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final on NBC averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 5.380 million viewers, making it the most-watched Game 1 in four years and NBC Sports’ third-most watched Game 1 since it began broadcasting the Stanley Cup Final in 2006, according to Fast National data from Nielsen and digital data from Adobe Analytics.
The Bruins’ come-from-behind victory averaged 5.380 million viewers across NBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app (8:09-11:01 p.m. ET), up 2 percent vs. last year’s Game 1 (WSH-VGK, 5.288 million) and up 9 percent vs. 2017 (PIT‑NSH, 4.925 million). It trails only two other Game 1s in NBC Sports’ 14-year history broadcasting the Stanley Cup Final (2013: CHI-BOS, 6.315 million; 2015: CHI-TBL, 5.586 million).
Digitally, Monday’s contest delivered the most-streamed Stanley Cup Final Game 1 ever and the fourth-most streamed NHL game on record, with an Average Minute Audience (AMA) of 115,500 viewers and 19.9 million live minutes, up 37 percent and 24 percent, respectively, vs. 2018.
Game 1 propelled NBC to win Monday night in total viewers, and the key Adult 18-49 and Adult 25-54 demographics. The game delivered a 2.87 household rating and 5.264 million TV-only viewers.
St. Louis led all markets with a 29.0 local rating, NBC Sports’ highest NHL rating on record in the market. Boston scored a 25.2 rating. NBC was the No. 1 network in both markets during the game.