BRUINS, BLUES SET FOR PIVOTAL GAME 4 IN ST. LOUIS
Boston and St. Louis return to the ice Monday for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, with the hometown Blues looking to bounce back from defeat for the second time this series.
* A team has won Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead in the Final on 27 occasions since it became a best-of-seven in 1939, winning the Cup all 27 times. Overall, a team has had a 3-1 series lead in the Final 34 times since 1939, winning the Cup 33 times (97.1%) – with 1942 being the lone exception.
* A team has won Game 4 to tie the Final at 2-2 on 25 occasions since it became a best-of-seven in 1939, winning the Cup 10 times – including three of the last five such instances (2015, 2013 and 2011).
TUUKKA RASK PLAYING AT HISTORIC PACE ON ROAD
With his win in Game 3, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask established a franchise record for road wins in a single postseason – improving to 7-2 away from home in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Overall, it was Rask’s 22nd career road victory in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (22-17), tied with Gerry Cheevers (22-19) for the most in Bruins history.
* Rask owns a .936 save percentage in his career on the road, the best among goaltenders since 1955-56 when shots on goal were first tracked (min. 30 GP on road).
* Rask’s 1.97 goals-against average as a visitor in the playoffs ranks second in NHL history among goaltenders with at least 30 road appearances – behind only Turk Broda (1.87 GAA in 48 GP).
* Through 20 total games this postseason, Rask owns 14-6 record, 1.91 goals-against average and .939 save percentage. Since 1956, only five goaltenders have finished a postseason with a higher save percentage (min. 20 GP) – with Rask being one of them (.940 SV% in 2013).
ROOKIE JORDAN BINNINGTON SEEKS ANOTHER BOUNCE BACK PERFORMANCE
After being pulled from a game for the first time in his NHL career (55 GP), Blues rookie Jordan Binnington will look to rally with a win for the seventh time this postseason. Binnington, who owns a career record of 12-2-0 after a loss of any kind in the NHL, is 6-2 in that scenario during the playoffs (1.84 GAA, .935 SV%).
* Game 3 marked the fourth time that Binnington has allowed five or more goals in a game in the NHL – with each occurrence coming during the postseason. He has responded with a win following two of the previous three instances, losing to the Jets in Game 4 of the First Round (2-1 L, OT; 37 saves) and defeating the Sharks twice in the Conference Finals (Game 2: 4-2 W, 24 saves; and Game 4: 2-1 W, 29 saves).
VETERAN PATRICE BERGERON CLIMBING ALL-TIME PLAYOFF POINTS LIST
With his seventh career three-point showing in the postseason, forward Patrice Bergeron moved into a tie with Phil Esposito for second place on the Bruins’ all-time playoff points list. Bergeron now trails only franchise legend Ray Bourque.
* Bergeron became the sixth NHL player to hit the century mark during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, following Nicklas Backstrom (36-70—106), Logan Couture (48-53—101), Justin Williams (40-61—101), David Krejci (36-65—101) and Joe Pavelski (48-52—100).
TOP PROSPECTS VISIT STANLEY CUP LIVE IN ST. LOUIS
The top five-ranked North American prospects for the 2019 NHL Draft are in St. Louis for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final after participating in the 2019 NHL Scouting Combine presented by adidas.
* One of the first stops for Alex Turcotte, Dylan Cozens, Jack Hughes, Kirby Dach and Bowen Byram was the set of Stanley Cup Live – which returns to NHL social platforms at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT ahead of Game 4.