The Boston Bruins are aiming to become the ninth team in NHL history (and fifth since 2000) to win a Stanley Cup Final despite trailing 3-2 in the series.
They already accomplished the feat against the Vancouver Canucks in 2011 by winning Game 6 at home and Game 7 on the road. This time, the decisive Game 7 against the St. Louis Blues will be played in Boston at TD Garden.
The amount of teams trailing 3-2 in a Cup Final that have forced a Game 7 by winning Game 6 on the road -- which the B's did Sunday night -- is even smaller. However, four of the last five teams to do it went on to win the Stanley Cup.
The @NHLBruins are the sixth team to win on the road to force #Game7 in the #StanleyCup Final. That team hoisted the Cup in four of the previous five instances:— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 10, 2019
2004 Lightning (won)
2001 Avalanche (won)
1964 Maple Leafs (won)
1945 Red Wings (lost)
1942 Maple Leafs (won)#NHLStats pic.twitter.com/4oqgXdUPZ4
Oddsmakers have pegged the Bruins as the betting favorites for Wednesday night's showdown, which makes a lot of sense. The Bruins' veteran core has Cup Final Game 7 experience, they are at home, and they have the better goaltender.
The Bruins also have shown to be a pretty resilient team. They trailed 3-2 in their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs and won the last two games. Boston also trailed 2-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets after winning the opening game of its second-round series, then won three consecutive games to reach the Eastern Conference Final.
The B's have lost two games at TD Garden in this series, but given how well they played in Game 6 and the fact that their crowd will be all fired up Wednesday night, it's hard to imagine Boston losing the Stanley Cup on its home ice.