Six historical notes on Game 7s 

May, 12, 2010

On Wednesday night, the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins will meet in the 132nd Game 7 in league history. When there have been that many decisive games, you find some pretty interesting numbers.

Vince Masi and the hard-working wizards at ESPN's Stats & Information department -- with an assist from the Elias Sports Bureau -- compiled a mountain of statistical info about Game 7s. I figured I should share some of their excellent work with you. Now, I'm not quite sure what it all means; after all, each Game 7 brings a different set of circumstances. Still, these were some things that stood out for me.

There's six good points of information after the jump here. You're accustomed to paying for information, no? You have a library card, right? Same thing. So pay for Insider, get this, be smarter, impress friends, win over people, etc... you know what to do, don't you?

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.