Game 7s at a glance
With their stirring 4-3 win Monday night, the Blackhawks forced a Game 7 against the rival Detroit Red Wings, which will take place Wednesday at the United Center. Before that game gets underway, the Blackhawks Blog uncovered some facts and figures from Game 7s past.
> In their history, the Blackhawks have played in 10 series that went to a decisive seventh game; the team is 5-5 in those games, most recently falling 2-1 in overtime to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on April 26, 2011.
> Of those 10 matchups, Chicago has hosted a total of six Game 7s, going 4-2 all-time. The Blackhawks have not lost a Game 7 at home since the infamous 1971 Stanley Cup Final against Montreal, where the Blackhawks gave up a two-goal lead, eventually losing the title on a goal by Henri Richard in the third period.
> Since the 1971 Cup Final, the Blackhawks have hosted three Game 7s, winning all three: 5-2 over Minnesota (1990 Division Semifinals), 8-2 over St. Louis (1990 Division Final) and 5-2 over Toronto (1995 Conference Quarterfinals).
> The Blackhawks and Red Wings have met in two Game 7s previously, splitting the meetings. Detroit took Game 7 of the 1964 Stanley Cup Semifinals, 4-2, while Chicago took Game 7 of the Semifinals the next year by an identical score. Each team's win took place on their rival's home ice.
> Were the Blackhawks to advance in this season's playoffs, it would reverse a significant trend in team history. Coming into this series, Chicago was 1-19 all-time when losing three of the first five games in a playoff series and 0-11 when losing three of the first four games, a position that they found themselves in during this series. The only time Chicago came back from the former deficit was in the 1965 series against Detroit, when the team lost its first two meetings on the road, but won four of the next five games to advance.
> Whatever the outcome, it's likely the game will be decided in 60 minutes if history is any indicator; of the 10 previous Game 7s the Blackhawks have played in, only one has gone into overtime, the 2011 series against Vancouver, when Jonathan Toews scored to tie the game with less than 2 minutes remaining in regulation.
> Most importantly, if they can secure a victory, the Blackhawks would be the 25th NHL team ever to come back from a 3-1 Stanley Cup Playoffs series deficit to win. The last team to complete the feat was the 2011 Tampa Bay Lightning over Pittsburgh in the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.