THREE HARD LAPS: QUICK HITS FROM SUNDAY
* Tomas Hertl scored a first-of-its-kind shorthanded double-overtime winner as the Sharks defeated the Golden Knights to stave off elimination and force Game 7.
* The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs and will face Toronto in a Game 7 for the second time in as many years.
* Two Game 7s will be contested on the same day for the first time since May 10, 2017, when the Penguins blanked the Capitals (2-0 W) and the Ducks edged the Oilers (2-1 W) as both teams advanced to the Conference Finals.
SHARKS FORCE GAME 7 IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME THRILLER
Tomas Hertl scored while shorthanded at 11:17 of the second overtime as the Sharks defeated the Golden Knights to force Game 7 in their First Round series. San Jose won to survive elimination and force a Game 7 for the third time in franchise history (also 1995 CQF vs. CGY and 2012 CSF vs. LAK).
* Hertl became the fifth player in franchise history to score an overtime goal in a game that required multiple overtimes and the second to do so in a contest where the Sharks faced elimination; he joined Ray Whitney in Game 7 of the 1995 Conference Quarterfinals (5-4 2OT W at CGY).
* Additionally, Hertl became the first player in NHL history to score a shorthanded winner in a game that required multiple overtimes. Only eight other players in League history have scored a shorthanded goal in the first overtime of a postseason game.
* Martin Jones made 58 saves to establish a franchise record for most in a postseason game, eclipsing the previous mark of 56 set by Wade Flaherty in Game 7 of the 1995 Conference Quarterfinals (5-4 2OT W at CGY). He also set a Sharks record for most saves in any game, besting the old benchmark of 57 set by Jeff Hackett on Dec. 26, 1992 (7-2 W vs. LAK).
* The Sharks, who rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to force a Game 7 for the first time in franchise history, will contest their 11th all-time Game 7 and first since the 2016 Second Round (5-0 W vs. NSH). San Jose is 6-4 in its 10 previous Game 7s, including a 3-1 mark on home ice.
* The Golden Knights, meanwhile, will contest their first Game 7 in franchise history. Vegas can become the 16th franchise in NHL history to win its first-ever Game 7 and second in as many years; they would join the Jets, who accomplished the feat in the 2018 Second Round (5-1 W at NSH).
BRUINS OUTSHOOT, OUTLAST MAPLE LEAFS TO FORCE GAME 7
Brad Marchand (2-1—3) factored on three of four goals as the Bruins outshot the Maple Leafs 41-24 to force Game 7 in their First Round series. Boston won to survive elimination and force a Game 7 for the 11th time in franchise history and first since a Game 6 victory in the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals (4-3 OT W at WSH).
* The Bruins recorded a shot differential of +17 or higher in a game where they were facing elimination for the seventh time since 1955-56 and first since outshooting the Hurricanes 40-19 in Game 5 of the 2009 Conference Semifinals (+21).
* Torey Krug (1-0—1) led the way with nine shots to become the first Bruins defenseman to log as many in a postseason contest since teammate Zdeno Chara had an equal amount in Game 1 of the 2013 Conference Semifinals (3-2 OT W vs. NYR). The most shots on goal recorded by any defenseman in a postseason contest is 13 (since 1959-60), a mark set by Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom in Game 4 of the 1997 Conference Semifinals (3-2 2OT W at ANA).
* Boston has converted on seven of 16 power-play opportunities in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (43.7%), including going two-for-two in Game 6. The Bruins have scored more than seven power-play goals in a postseason series on eight prior occasions (since 1933-34), most recently in the 1991 Conference Finals (8 vs. PIT).
* Marchand leads the Bruins with 4-5—9 in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (6 GP) and is one of 38 NHL players averaging at least one point per game this postseason. Marchand has collected 21 career points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Maple Leafs franchise (7-14—21 in 20 GP), trailing only David Krejci (9-16—25 in 20 GP), Johnny Bucyk (10-14—24 in 20 GP) and Phil Esposito (11-11—22 in 13 GP) for the most in Bruins history.
* Tuukka Rask improved to 11-9 in 20 career postseason appearances against Toronto (2.65 GAA, .915 SV%) and passed Frank Brimsek (10-12) and Harry Lumley (10-19) for the second-most postseason wins against the Maple Leafs franchise, trailing only Terry Sawchuk (22-14).
GAME 7 HISTORY: BOSTON VS. TORONTO
The Bruins and Maple Leafs will require Game 7 for a third consecutive head-to-head series. Boston secured historic come-from-behind wins in the previous two instances – in the 2013 Conference Quarterfinals, the Bruins became the first team in NHL history to overcome a three-goal, third-period deficit to win in a Game 7 (5-4 OT W); in the 2018 First Round, Boston became the first team in NHL history to overcome three deficits of at least one goal to win a Game 7 in regulation (7-4 W).
* The Bruins and Maple Leafs are the third set of franchises in NHL history to require a Game 7 in three consecutive head-to-head postseason meetings, joining the Canucks-Flames (1989 DSF, 1994 CQF, 2004 CQF) and Capitals-Rangers (2012 CSF, 2013 CQF, 2015 R2).
* The Bruins and Maple Leafs are the seventh set of franchises in NHL history to require a Game 7 in consecutive years, joining the Canadiens-Red Wings (1954 SCF, 1955 SCF), Black Hawks-Red Wings (1964 SF, 1965 SF), Avalanche-Stars (1999 CF, 2000 CF), Avalanche-Kings (2001 CSF, 2002 CQF), Capitals-Rangers (2012 CSF, 2013 CQF) and Kings-Sharks (2013 CSF, 2014 R1).
* The Bruins will contest their NHL-record 27th all-time Game 7, owning a 14-12 record in the previous 26 contests including a 13-8 mark on home ice. Their 14 all-time Game 7 wins are tied with the Canadiens (14-9) and Red Wings (14-11) for the most in NHL history.
* The Maple Leafs own an all-time record of 12-11 in Game 7s, including a 5-10 mark on the road.
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
Washington enters Monday’s contest with the opportunity to advance past the First Round for the fifth consecutive year. The Capitals hold an all-time record of 20-32 in potential series-clinching games, including a 4-0 mark in 2018 en route to capturing the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup.
* Dallas, meanwhile, looks to earn its first playoff series win since a six-game triumph over Minnesota in the 2016 First Round. The Stars/North Stars hold an all-time record of 29-22 in potential series-clinching games, including a 15-8 mark on home ice.
* When trailing a best-of-seven series 3-2, the Hurricanes/Whalers have won to force Game 7 four times while going on to win the series on one of those occasions (2009 CQF vs. NJD). In the same scenario, the Predators have extended to a seventh and deciding game three times – winning once (2016 R1 vs. ANA).