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Game 7: By The Numbers

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The defending champions (let’s go, I still get to write that), are headed to Dallas for the two best words in sports. Game 7!

Let’s dig into some history of the winner-take-all game.

VGK’s Game 7 History

2021 First Round vs Minnesota Wild: VGK wins 6-2 (Highlights)

It was a back-and-forth game until the middle of the 2nd period when Max Pacioretty, who was playing his first game of the series, unlocked the 2-2 tie and send the Golden Knights racing towards the finish line. Zach Whitecloud extended the lead and then Mattias Janmark netted two in the 3rd period to complete the Game 7 hat trick.

2020 Second Round vs Vancouver Canucks: VGK wins 3-0 (Highlights)

Unlike the Game 6 we just watched, this one in the Bubble was a bit of a snoozer. Both teams struggled to generate much of anything until the 3rd period breakthrough came. Not before Robin Lehner’s epic diving stop that prompted the legendary “big man can move when he wants to” comment from the Panda after the game. A Shea Theodore power play goal gave the Golden Knights the lead and they’d tack on two empty netters to make the final score look a lot different than the actual game.

2019 First Round vs San Jose Sharks: SJS wins 5-4* (No one needs highlights)

Ohhhhh the #NotAMajor game. Honestly, it was probably the best actual hockey game in the history of the franchise but it’s also one I think we all are fine with forgetting about right now (aside from Marchessault’s epic rescue job at the end of regulation). And no, I’m never going to stop putting an asterisk on it.

VGK Game 7 Goal Scorers

Mattias Janmark – 3
Max Pacioretty – 2
Shea Theodore – 1
Alex Tuch – 1
Paul Stastny – 1
Zach Whitecloud – 1
William Karlsson – 1
Cody Eakin – 1
Jonathan Marchessault – 1

VGK Game 7 Goalies

Marc-Andre Fleury – 1 win, 1 loss (.897 save percentage)
Robin Lehner – 1 win, (1.000 save percentage)

NHL Game 7 Historical Stats

Away Teams: 81-113
Away Teams in OT: 23-25
Teams who won Game 6 at home: 53-72
Teams who led series 2-0: 33-30

25% of all best-of-seven series in NHL history have gone to Game 7 (193 of 764)
25% of all Game 7’s require overtime (48 of 190)
25% of all VGK playoff series have gone to Game 7 (4 of 16)
28% of First Round playoff series have gone to Game 7 (44 of 160)
17 Game 7’s have occurred in the Stanley Cup Final

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the only team ever to not compete in a Game 7.
VGK’s fourth Game 7 will move them into a tie with Minnesota for 26th place in most Game 7’s of active franchises. (Ahead of Columbus, Winnipeg, Seattle, Florida, and Nashville)

Pete DeBoer Effect

VGK’s former head coach has a perfect 7-0 record in Game 7’s. He’s one win away from tying the legendary Darryl Sutter for the most Game 7 victories ever. DeBoer has won Game 7’s with four different teams, New Jersey, San Jose, Vegas, and Dallas.

DAL Game 7 History

2023 Second Round vs Seattle Kraken: DAL wins 2-1
2022 First Round vs Calgary Flames: CGY wins 3-2 (OT)
2020 Second Round vs Colorado Avalanche: DAL wins 5-4 (OT)
2019 Second Round vs St. Louis Blues: STL wins 2-1 (2OT)
2016 Second Round vs St. Louis Blues: STL wins 6-1
2007 First Round vs Vancouver Canucks: VAN wins 4-1
2000 Conference Final vs Colorado Avalanche: DAL wins 3-2
1999 Conference Final vs Colorado Avalanche: DAL wins 4-1
1997 First Round vs Edmonton Oilers: EDM wins 4-3 (OT)

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17 Comments

  1. jeffrey m sutton

    is game seven important?

  2. knights fan in minny

    take ottengers eyes away period

  3. Barb

    Dallas rank #1
    Vegas rank #8
    I’m watching the Derby
    I’m betting on the long shot; GO KNIGHTS GO!

  4. Richie-Rich

    So, not only has DeBoer won 7 straight game 7’s, Dallas has never lost a game 7? Interesting. Let’s put an end to both tomorrow!

    • Dez

      Wait I might be reading this wrong but Dallas has lost more than half of their game 7s. It looks like they lost all of the first round game 7s too!! Let’s Go Knights!!!!

  5. Canada

    Well that was a entertaining evening , Not sure about these stats Debour has no Stanley Cups thats a stat and when the Oilers came to set a league record of successive wins that’s a stat. Hill is back and we checked the crap out them . We won the battles made all the big saves now we need a couple of the boys to step up and put the puck in the net. I was concerned they were going to stop checking after the first period but they didn’t They can do it when they want to and they proved it . These teams look pretty even but we have about 5-6 more snipers than they do . if we can hit Johnston and Robertson they will hear the footsteps and fold like cheap suits. Here’s a stat, a good big team beats a good small team every time and we are the biggest team in the league . As a Canadian i am not ready to head back just yet the weather and golf is much better here in May… Go Knights .

  6. richard

    Dildoe Debore should have never won the san jose not a major game 7 so i look at that one as a gift hopefully Pavelski doesnt fake flop again

  7. The Undertaker.. also known as the Deadman lost his undefeated streak of 21-0 at Wrestlemania.. the face of the deadman-looking Pete DeBoer shall also suffer the same fate come Sunday!

  8. Sajid Ramidi Khanpour

    GOLDEN KNIGHTS WILL WIN

    O believers! Fear Allah, and give up outstanding interest if you are ˹true˺ believers.

    If you do not, then beware of a war with Allah and His Messenger! But if you repent, you may retain your principal—neither inflicting nor suffering harm.

    If it is difficult for someone to repay a debt, postpone it until a time of ease. And if you waive it as an act of charity, it will be better for you, if only you knew.

    Be mindful of the Day when you will ˹all˺ be returned to Allah, then every soul will be paid in full for what it has done, and none will be wronged.

    Those who consume interest will stand ˹on Judgment Day˺ like those driven to madness by Satan’s touch. That is because they say, “Trade is no different than interest.” But Allah has permitted trading and forbidden interest. Whoever refrains—after having received warning from their Lord—may keep their previous gains, and their case is left to Allah. As for those who persist, it is they who will be the residents of the Fire. They will be there forever.

    • TS

      Said, say WHAT?? If I translate this, is there a Hockey lesson here?

    • knights fan in minny

      oh great another fucking nut job

      • TS

        Are all these posters just the same dumbass , rocking the boat here?

    • ThG

      @SRK
      how about a debt can be forgiven?

    • Richie-Rich

      The faith that you profess is one twisted by man into a perversion against humanity. Twisted and used by its leaders over the centuries to grab land, power, wealth and to subjugate outsiders. This is not something unique to Islam. Man has used and twisted religion throughout the ages in order to use religion nefariously. The educated are not fooled.

  9. JB

    Good morning game 7 ! 12 hours to wait.

  10. ThG

    previous stats are not indicative of future results

    knights need to find the same energy and puck luck from game 6

    battle of new great coaches PDB vs BC

    meanwhile the leafs fall again, will heads roll ?

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