Bruins vs. Hurricanes: How have Boston and Carolina done in prior Game 7s?


After helping the Bruins beat Carolina in Game 6, Jeremy Swayman was excited about his first Game 7 as an NHL goalie. He certainly won’t be the first Boston netminder to experience one. Dating back to Mr. Zero Frank Brimsek, Swayman will be the 14th Boston goalie to play in a winner-take-all series finale.

Boston has played in 28 seventh games, the most of any franchise. They have the most wins (15) and tied for the most losses (13) in them.

But Saturday is in Raleigh and the Bruins are just 1-4 on the road with the lone win coming against Vancouver in the final in 2011. That year they won three Game 7s en route to raising the Stanley Cup.

The Bruins and the Carolina/Hartford franchise have played twice before in Game 7.

  • Scott Walker’s overtime goal in 2009 pushed Carolina past Boston.
  • The Bruins beat their old New England rival, 3-1 in 1990. Bruins president Cam Neely and general manager Don Sweeney were both in uniform for that game. Neely and Craig Janney each had a goal and an assist for Boston in front of Andy Moog.

Below is each previous Boston Bruns Game 7:

June 12, 2019 — Stanley Cup Finals: St. Louis Blues 4, Boston Bruins 1

April 23, 2019 — First Round: Boston Bruins 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

April 25, 2018 — First Round: Boston Bruins 7, Toronto Maple Leafs 4

May 14, 2014 — Second Round: Montreal Canadiens 3, Boston Bruins 1

May 13, 2013 — Conference quarterfinals: Boston Bruins 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (OT)

April 25, 2012 — Conference quarterfinals: Washington Capitals 2, Boston Bruins 1 (OT)

June 15, 2011 — Stanley Cup Finals: Boston Bruins 4, Vancouver 0

May 27, 2011 — Conference Finals: Boston Bruins 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 0

April 27, 2011 — Conference quarterfinals: Boston Bruins 4, Montreal Canadiens (3 OT) –

May 14, 2010 — Conference semifinals: Philadelphia Flyers 4, Boston Bruins 3

May 14, 2009 — Conference Semifinals: Carolina 3, Boston Bruins (2 OT)

April 21, 2008 — Conference Quarterfinals: Montreal Canadiens 5, Boston Bruins 0

April 19, 2004 — Conference Quarterfinals: Montreal Canadiens 2, Boston Bruins 0

April 29, 1994 — Conference Quarterfinals: Boston Bruins 5, Montreal Canadiens 3

May 1, 1992 — Division Semifinals: Boston Bruins 3, Buffalo Sabres 2

April 29, 1991 — Division Finals: Boston Bruins 2, Montreal Canadiens 1

April 17, 1990 — Division Semifinals: Boston Bruins 3, Hartford Whalers 1

May 14, 1988 — Conference Finals: Boston Bruins 6, New Jersey 2

April 24, 1983 — Division Finals: Boston Bruins 3, Buffalo 2 OT Brad Park

April 25, 1982 — Division Finals Quebec Nordiques 2, Boston Bruins 1

May 10, 1979 — Semifinals Montreal Canadiens 5, Boston Bruins 4 OT

April 25, 1976 — Quarterfinals: Boston Bruins 3, Los Angeles Kings 0

April 18, 1971 — Quarterfinals: Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 2

April 7, 1959 — Semifinals: Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Boston Bruins 2

April 8, 1952 — Semifinals: Montreal Canadiens 3, Boston Bruins 1

April 3, 1945 — Semifinals: Detroit Red Wings 5, Boston Bruins 3

April 3, 1941 — Semifinals: Boston Bruins 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

April 2, 1939 — Semifinals: Boston Bruins 2, New York Rangers 1 (3 OT)

Below is each previous Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers Game 7:

April 24: 2019 — First round: Carolina Hurricanes 4, Washington Capitals 3 (2OT)

May 14, 2009 — Conference Semifinals: Carolina Hurricanes 3, Boston Bruins 2 (OT)

April 28, 2009 — Conference quarterfinals: Carolina Hurricanes 4, New Jersey Devils 3

June 19, 2006 — Stanley Cup Finals: Carolina Hurricanes 3, Edmonton Oilers 1

June 1, 2006 — Conference Finals: Carolina Hurricanes 4, Buffalo Sabres 2

May 1, 1992 — Division Semifinals: Montreal Canadiens 3, Hartford Whalers 2 (2 OT)

April 17, 1990— Division Semifinals: Boston Bruins 3, Hartford Whalers 1

April 29, 1986 — Division Finals: Montreal Canadiens 2, Hartford Whalers 1 (OT)



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