NHL Playoffs: Game 7 history, stats, and more originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
It’s a great time to be a hockey fan.
Game 7, the two best words in the sport, is currently a major trend in the 2022 NHL playoffs. There are three Game 7 games on Saturday and two on Sunday. We are only in the first round.
The NHL first carried out a best-of-seven streak in the 1939 Stanley Cup playoffs. There’s plenty of history to sift through, but we’ve got you covered.
Here’s everything you need to know about Game 7s in the NHL playoffs 83 years ago:
How many 7s are there in the history of a National Hockey League game?
From 1939 through 2021, 182 playoffs went to Game 7.
Add five more to the total. In 2022, these first round matches will see Game 7: Boston Bruins– Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning – Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers –Los Angeles KingsAnd New York Rangers-Pittsburgh Penguin And Dallas starsCalgary flame.
How many times have the Stanley Cup Finals gone to Game 7?
The 17th Stanley Cup Finals required Game 7 to determine the champion.
They were more common in the early years of the NHL. There were back-to-back 7s in 1954, 1955, 1964 and 1965. Then there was a big gap from the early ’70s to the late ’80s.
Since the turn of the century, there have been seven finals in Game Seven. The most recent occurred in 2019 when the St. Louis Blues beat the Bruins at TD Garden.
Each year the Stanley Cup Finals went to Game 7: 1942, 1945, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1964, 1965, 1971, 1987, 1994, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2019.
How many NHL Game 7s went to overtime?
The 7s are already nerve-wracking on their own, but 45 of them have gone to work overtime.
The longest was a 4OT game in the 1987 division semi-finals between New York Islanders And Washington Capitals. New York advanced with a 3-2 victory.
The second longest match was actually the first ever game 7. The Bruins and Rangers faced off in the 1939 semi-finals, with Boston leading with a 2-1 win. The victory didn’t stop there, as the Bruins went on to lift the Stanley Cup.
What NHL Playoffs Have the Most 7s?
Three seasons featured seven 7s, the most in a single campaign: 1994, 2011 and 2014.
The 1994 and 2011 playoffs featured Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks to win the title in 1994, and the Bruins defeated the Canucks in 2011. Tough luck for Vancouver.
Which NHL Playoffs Have the Lowest 7s Game?
There have been 19 seasons in NHL history in which Game 7. There hasn’t been one in some time, with the most recent occurring in 1977.
There was also the case of 2005, the year there were no playoffs due to the 2004-05 shutdown. But nowadays, we’re more likely to see Game 7 happen rather than nothing.
Which NHL team has played the most 7s game?
The Bruins hold the record for most 7s played in NHL history. Boston featured in 28 of them with a record 15-13.
The next two teams appeared at 25: Detroit Red Wings (14-11) and Toronto Maple Leafs (12-13). The Montreal Canadiens are the only other team to have made at least 20 matches (record 24, 15-9).
Which NHL team has played in the least 7s game?
Only two of the 32 teams have never played in Game 7: the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Seattle Kraken. Seattle makes sense, of course, because the 2021-22 campaign was the first as the NHL’s newest expansion team.
Columbus, on the other hand, has been around for 21 seasons. The Blue Jackets has racked up supplement berth six times in franchise history but has never experienced a Game 7 vibe.
The Winnipeg Jets (relocated in 2011 after they were dubbed the Atlanta Thrashers) and Oakland Seals are the only two teams with just one 7-game. Winnipeg won her game while The Seals, an expansion team, lost in 1967. The Seals later moved to Cleveland in 1976 to become the Barrons, but the franchise ceased operations after the 1978 season.