It is winner take all Wednesday night as the Boston Bruins take on the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. There is nothing like a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final, but there is an extra sense of excitement around Boston as the Bruins will host their first Stanley Cup Final Game 7. The Bruins have been here before and are motivated by past failures not to lose on TD Garden ice ever again.
There is a reason why teams work so hard all season to get in this position to have home ice come Game 7.
“That’s why you play to get in this position,” Charlie Coyle said. “There’s no better place to be than in this position right now.”
“Game 7, I do believe if you are gonna have home-ice advantage that is the game you want,” Head Coach Bruce Cassidy added when asked why home-ice advantage has not been important in the Stanley Cup Final.
If there is one thing going for the Bruins, home teams are 12-4 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Here is what the Bruins need to do to Win the Stanley Cup in Game 7:
Strong Start – This sounds cliche, but the Bruins need to start on time. You have heard all playoffs long from Bruce Cassidy and the coaching staff about “starting on time.” The Bruins have started well in the last two games against the Blues and will need to continue that trend into Game 7. The Blues are a different team when they have the lead, so the Bruins do not want to chase the game from the start. TD Garden will be electric for Game 7, so the Bruins can feed off the crowd, but have to be careful not to get so amped that it throws them off their game. The Bruins are a better team with the lead which allows them to settle into their game and feel comfortable out there.
Score First – The team who scores first historically has a significant edge. The team that scores first has a record of 129-45 — a winning percentage of 75 percent. The team who scores first in a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final has a record of 11-5. The first goal matters as the team who falls behind will have even more pressure on them to get the next goal. When it comes to statistics this time of year, you can throw them out the window, but this is one statistic for some reason that holds true. The Bruins must score first in order to win or they will have even more pressure on them to win.
Stay Focused – The one thing the Bruins have done all playoffs has remained focused on the job at hand. The Bruins can’t get caught up in the distractions that surround a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final. Once a player starts thinking about the end result, that is when you lose focus and you get off your game. The Bruins have a great leadership group that has kept the team even-keeled and level headed throughout this run.
“Just go out there and play,” Marcus Johansson told reporters on Monday. “It is still hockey and its a big game. We have to keep doing what we have been doing. Yesterday (Sunday) was not that different for us, we had to win, we had no choice to win. It is gonna be the same on Wednesday, we will have to do the same thing.”
The Bruins are never satisfied after a victory and know they can elevate to even a higher level come Game 7 on Wednesday night.
It is the final game of the NHL season as one team will be crowned Stanley Cup Champions for 2019 and the Bruins hope it will be them. Stick to the game plan and lay it all out on the line and the result will come.