Pregame Game Notes: Stanley Cup Game 4

GAME 4 OFFICIALS

The referees for tonight’s game are Chris Rooney (No. 5) and Gord Dwyer (No. 19). The linesmen are Scott Cherrey (No. 50) and Derek Amell (No. 75).

GAME 4 TRENDS

* A team has won Game 4 to tie the Final at 2-2 on 25 occasions since it became a best-of-seven in 1939, winning the Cup 10 times – including three of the last five such instances (2015, 2013 and 2011).

* A team has won Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead in the Final on 27 occasions since it became a best-of-seven in 1939, winning the Cup all 27 times. Overall, a team has had a 3-1 series lead in the Final 34 times since 1939, winning the Cup 33 times (97.1%) – with 1942 being the lone exception. In that year, Toronto rallied from an 0-3 deficit to upend Detroit.

* The Blues are 24-38 (.387) in 62 all-time Game 4s in Stanley Cup Playoff best-of-seven series (13-18 at home), including a 1 2 record this year (1-1 at home). The Bruins are 55-47 (.539) in Game 4s, including a 32-28 record (.533) on the road. They are 3-0 in Game 4s this year, all played away from home.

* St. Louis enters Game 4 with a 5-6 record at Enterprise Center this postseason, outscored by opponents 33-28. The Bruins own a 7-2 record as visitors during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, outscoring opponents 33-15. The Bruins’ seven road wins in one playoff year already is a franchise record, topping the previous mark of six set three times previously (1972, 2011, 2013).

STANLEY CUP FINAL CELEBRATION IN ST. LOUIS

The NHL, Blues and Downtown St. Louis are celebrating the return of the Stanley Cup Final to St. Louis by bringing the 2019 Stanley Cup Final Party, featuring live music and a viewing party, to Market Street for Game 4. The event is free and open to the public at 3 p.m., CT. A ticket will not be required for entry. The 2019 Stanley Cup Final Party will occupy Market Street between Tucker and 14th Streets and the surrounding area.

Grammy-winning musician Gary Clark Jr. will take to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final Party stage with a performance before Game 4.

TOP PROSPECTS VISIT ‘STANLEY CUP LIVE’

The top five-ranked North American prospects for the 2019 NHL Draft are in St. Louis for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final after participating in the 2019 NHL Scouting Combine presented by adidas. One of the first stops for Alex TurcotteDylan CozensJack HughesKirby Dach and Bowen Byram was the set of Stanley Cup Live – which returns to NHL social platforms at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT ahead of Game 4.

RASK PLAYING AT HISTORIC PACE ON ROAD

With his win in Game 3, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask established a franchise record for road wins in a single postseason – improving to 7-2 away from home in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Overall, it was Rask’s 22nd career road victory in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (22-17), tied with Gerry Cheevers (22-19) for the most in Bruins history.

Rask owns a .936 save percentage in his career on the road, the best among goaltenders since 1955-56 when shots on goal were first tracked (min. 30 GP on road).

Rask’s 1.97 goals-against average as a visitor in the playoffs ranks second in NHL history among goaltenders with at least 30 road appearances – behind only Turk Broda (1.87 GAA in 48 GP).

BINNINGTON LOOKS TO ADD TO BOUNCEBACK SUCCESS

After being pulled from a game for the first time in his NHL career in Game 3 (55 GP), Blues rookie JordanBinnington will look to rally with a win for the seventh time this postseason. Binnington, who owns a career record of 12-2-0 after a loss of any kind in the NHL, is 6-2 in that scenario during the playoffs (1.84 GAA, .935 SV%).

Game 3 marked the fourth time that Binnington has allowed five or more goals in a game in the NHL – with each occurrence coming during the postseason. He has responded with a win following two of the previous three instances, losing to the Jets in Game 4 of the First Round (2-1 L, OT; 37 saves) and defeating the Sharks twice in the Conference Finals (Game 2: 4-2 W, 24 saves; and Game 4: 2-1 W, 29 saves).

BERGERON CLIMBING BRUINS’ PLAYOFF POINTS LIST

Patrice Bergeron reached a playoff milestone when he opened the scoring in Game 3, recording his 100th point in postseason play. He added a pair of assists to finish the contest with 40-62—102, tying Phil Esposito(46-56—102) for second place on the Bruins’ all-time playoff points list. Bergeron now trails only franchise legend Ray Bourque (36-125—161).

Bergeron became the sixth NHL player to hit the century mark during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, following Nicklas Backstrom (36-70—106), Logan Couture (48-53—101), Justin Williams (40-61—101), David Krejci (36-65—101) and Joe Pavelski (48-52—100).

Bergeron has a League-leading seven power-play goals in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, two shy of the NHL-record nine tallied by Mike Bossy (NYI, 1981) and Cam Neely (BOS, 1991).

SCHWARTZ, O’REILLY APPROACHING BLUES RECORDS

Jaden Schwartz has tallied a team-leading 12-6—18 in 22 GP in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, three points shy of tying the Blues franchise record for one playoff year, held by Brett Hull (13-8—21 in 1990). Schwartz enters Game 4 with 14 points in 14 career regular-season and playoff games against Boston (6-8—14).

Ryan O’Reilly has posted a team-best 13 assists (3-13—16 in 22 GP), two shy of the single-playoff franchise record set by Bernie Federko (15 in 1981-82).

MARCHAND GOALS = BOSTON WINS

Brad Marchand scored his 29th career playoff goal (and eighth of 2019) in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Boston improved to 24-1 all time when Marchand scores in the postseason. The team’s lone such loss came in Game 5 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Washington.

Marchand has six career goals in the Stanley Cup Final (6-3—9 in 16 GP), which trails only Bobby Orr (8 in 16 GP), Johnny Bucyk (8 in 24 GP) and Wayne Cashman (7 in 26 GP) for the most in franchise history.

With his second-period assist in Game 3, Marchand (8-12—20 in 20 GP) tied San Jose’s Logan Couture (14-6—20 in 20 GP) for the playoff scoring lead. He also set a career high for points in a single postseason, besting his previous mark of 19 set as a rookie in 2011 (11-8—19 in 25 GP).

COYLE THRIVING WITH HOMETOWN TEAM

Acquired by his hometown team at the trade deadline, Charlie Coyle (East Weymouth, Mass.) has recorded 15 points in the postseason (8-7—15 in 20 GP), including a goal in each of Games 2 and 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Coyle is the leading Massachusetts-born Bruins goal-scorer ever in a postseason – John Carter(Winchester, Mass.) and Bob Sweeney (Concord, Mass.) had six goals in 1990 and 1988, respectively.

BRUINS’ POWER PLAY SURGE: QUICK HITS

* The Bruins went 4-for-4 with the man advantage in Game 3, using only 2:06 of power-play time to net their four goals (on four shots). The elapsed time to score each goal (in seconds): 21, 31, 51, 35

* The Bruins became the sixth NHL team to score at least four power-play goals in a game during the Final and the first to do so in 23 years.

* Boston improved to 6-for-14 in the Stanley Cup Final and 23-for-64 overall this postseason (35.9%). Since the statistic became official in 1977-78, only one team has finished a playoff year with a power-play efficiency of at least 30% (min. 45 opportunities): the 1981 Islanders (37.8%; 31-for-82).

* Defenseman Torey Krug became the fourth player – and second defenseman – to record four power-play points in a Stanley Cup Final game, joining Montreal’s Jean Beliveau (2-2—4 in Game 5 of 1965 SCF), NY Islanders’ Denis Potvin (2-2—4 in Game 3 of 1980 SCF) and Colorado’s Joe Sakic (0-4—4 in Game 2 of1996 SCF).

* The Bruins have scored a power-play goal in each of their last seven games, matching a franchise playoff record. Boston’s 23 power-play goals are one shy of tying the franchise record for most in one playoff year (24 PPG in 1991) and equal the highest total by any team since 2007 (the 2010 Flyers and 2009 Red Wings also had 23 PPG).

* The Bruins improved their road efficiency with the man advantage to 50% (14-for-28). They have scored at least one power-play goal in seven of nine road games in 2019, posting two of their three other 100% performances away from home (R1: Games 4 and 6 at TOR; CF: Game 2 vs. CAR).

* Boston ranked third in the NHL during the 2018-19 regular-season with a 25.9% power-play percentage (65-for-251) and finished the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 36.4% rating (12-for-33 in 12 GP).