News, notes and quotes to get you up to speed for tonight’s Game 7 of the Western Conference finals between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks at the Honda Center in Anaheim [8 p,m., NBCSN]:
Bruce on the brink: Former Caps coach Bruce Boudreau is one win away from clinching his first berth in the Stanley Cup Final. This will be his seventh Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He is 1-5 in previous Game 7s, with his only win coming in 2009 when the Capitals beat the Rangers 2-1 at home in the first round.
“I think the finality of it is what stands out,” said Boudreau, who was 1-3 in Game 7s with the Capitals and is 0-2 in Game 7s with the Ducks. “I mean, one group is going to go home and one group's going to go play for the Stanley Cup. There's really not a lot you can leave on the table.”
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville also will be making his seventh Game 7 appearance behind the bench. He is 2-4 with four of those games decided in overtime (2-2).
Flash in the pan: The only lineup change expected for tonight involves former Caps forward Tomas Fleischmann, who is expected to replace Emerson Etem for the Ducks.
Fleischmann, 31, has one assist in five playoff games. Etem, 22, has three goals in 12 games.
“There's a real good chance that he's in, OK?” Boudreau said earlier today. “I just think an experienced guy, he's been through these wars, he's played in Game 7s, he's been in championship games.
“ Like I said, when I was with Hershey, it was a while ago, but he was the MVP in the playoffs. So he knows what to do in these situations.”
For the sake of clarity, in the 2006 Calder Cup playoffs, Fleischmann had 11 goals and 32 points in 20 playoff games while playing for Boudreau as a member of the Hershey Bears’ championship team. But he didn’t win the MVP. That went to Bears goalie Frederic Cassivi.
Historically speaking: Both teams are playing in their first Game 7s since being eliminated by the Kings in last year’s playoffs, the Ducks in Round 2 and the Hawks in the Conference Finals.
The Ducks are 2-4 all-time in Game 7s (1-2 at home). The Blackhawks are 6-6 in 12 all-time Game 7s (1-3 on the road). Perfect 7: Blackhawks forward Brad Richards is 7-0 in career Game 7s , five with the Rangers and two with the Lightning, whom he is aiming to face n the Cup Final. Richards scored the decisive goal to become the second player in NHL history to win seven consecutive Game 7s. Only Glenn Anderson and Ray Bourque have won more Game 7s with eight.
Been there, done that: The Ducks have a combined 36 games of Game 7 experience; the Blackhawks have a combined 64 games of Game 7 experience. Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa leads all players on either team with eight career Game 7 appearances (2-6). Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has played in three career Game 7s – all of which have gone to overtime. He owns a 1-2 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in those contests. Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen will be making his Game 7 debut. His backup, John Gibson, stopped 14 shots in the team’s Game 7 loss to the Kings in 2014.
Trending: Home teams are 94-66 (.588) in 160 all-time Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 3-1 record this year. The club that scores first is 118-42 (.738) in Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 3-1 clip this year. The Caps scored first in Game 7 against the rangers but lost 2-1 in OT. Forty Game 7s in Stanley Cup Playoffs history have required overtime (25 percent). Home and road teams both have 20 wins in those contests. The Ducks have never gone to overtime in any of their six all-time Game 7 appearances; the Blackhawks have needed overtime in three straight Game 7s (1-2) after not playing one such contest in their first nine all-time Game 7s.
Bruce Boudreau, All-Time Game 7s
5/16/14, w/ ANA, SR vs. Los Angeles (LAK 6 at ANA 2)
5/12/13, w/ ANA, CQF vs. Detroit (DET 3 at ANA 2)
4/28/10, w/ WSH, CQF vs. Montreal (MTL 2 at WSH 1)
5/13/09, w/ WSH, CSF vs. Pittsburgh (PIT 6 at WSH 2)
4/28/09, w/ WSH, CQF vs. NY Rangers (NYR 1 at WSH 2)
4/22/08, w/ WSH, CQF vs. Philadelphia (PHI 3 at WSH 2, OT)
Joel Quenneville, All-Time Game 7s
6/1/14, w/ CHI, CF vs. Los Angeles (LAK 5 at CHI 4, OT)
5/29/13, w/ CHI, CSF vs. Detroit (DET 1 at CHI 2, OT)
4/26/11, w/ CHI, CQF vs. Vancouver (CHI 1 at VAN 2, OT)
4/22/03, w/ STL, CQF vs. Vancouver (STL 1 at VAN 4)
4/25/00, w/ STL, CQF vs. San Jose (SJS 3 at STL 1)
5/4/99, w/ STL, CQF vs. Phoenix (STL 1 at PHX 0, OT)
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