Here's how Tuukka Rask, other Bruins stars have fared in Game 7s


There's nothing like a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Bruins will host the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Tuesday night for a decisive Game 7 of their first-round playoff series. These rivals found themselves in the exact same position last season when the B's scored four third-period goals to eliminate the Leafs with a 7-4 Game 7 victory in Boston.

Tuesday will mark the 11th Game 7 for the Bruins since the 2005-06 season -- the start of the salary cap era in the NHL. In fact, over the Bruins' last 20 playoff series, they've been eliminated in fewer than six games only once.

Boston has a clear advantage over Toronto in Game 7 experience. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has played in 12 of them himself. 

How have Bruins players fared in Game 7s?

Let's start with Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, who has not played particularly well in Game 7s.

He's 2-2 in Game 7s with an .845 save percentage and a 3.72 goals against average. He gave up four goals in last year's Game 7 victory over the Leafs but was bailed out by Boston's offense. He also allowed four goals in the dramatic 2013 Game 7 triumph versus the Leafs. Again, the Bruins' offense stepped up. The only Game 7 of Rask's career in which he gave up fewer than four goals was against the Montreal Canadiens in the 2014 Eastern Conference semifinals. The B's still lost 3-1 at home.

Rask, to his credit, has played well through the first six games of this season's Bruins-Leafs series with a .921 save percentage. He's allowed two goals or fewer in all of the Bruins' wins. He's given up three goals or more in each of their losses. Rask needs to play his best game of the series for the Bruins to eliminate the Leafs, who should be confident Tuesday knowing they've already won two games at the Garden this series.

Here's a look at some of Boston's high-performing players (excluding goalies) in Game 7s.

1. Patrice Bergeron (5 G, 5 A, 10 GP)
2. David Krejci (0 G, 8 A, 9 GP)
3. Brad Marchand (3 G, 4 A, 7 GP)
4. David Pastrnak (1 G, 1 A, 1 GP) 
5. Jake DeBrusk (2 G, 0 A, 1 GP)

The Bruins once again need their top players to come through Tuesday night, similar to what they did in Sunday's Game 6 win in Toronto. Marchand scored two goals and added an assist, Bergeron tallied one assist and Pastrnak posted two assists. 

Rask, however, is the key. He's fully capable of stealing a do-or-die playoff game as a top-tier goaltender in the NHL. Game 7s have been tough for him, but all of that negative history would quickly be forgotten with an excellent performance Tuesday.

Click here for the Bruins' Game 7 history beginning in 2011>>>

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