Get your game notes: Bruins at Red Wings

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Boston Bruins starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Bruins, who finished March on a 15-0-1 run over their last 16 games, last lost in regulation on March 1 (4-2 vs. Washington), and last lost on the road on Feb. 26 (5-4 in overtime at Buffalo). Boston comes in riding a franchise record nine-game road win streak (outscoring their opponents 35-18) and a franchise record 16-game road point streak (13-0-3 record) dating back to Jan. 9 (4-2 at Los Angeles).

• The Red Wings have gone 5-1-1 at Joe Louis Arena since Mar. 7, but they remain the second-worst home team among all NHL teams currently in playoff position. Only the N.Y. Rangers (18-16-4) are worse. Tonight, the Wings face the best road team in the NHL, the Bruins, on their home ice.

• The NHL’s first (36-year-old Bruins right winger Jarome Iginla) and second (24-year-old Red Wings left winger Gustav Nyquist) stars for the month of March are meeting in this game.

• Iginla (560 goals) needs one goal to move past Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur (560) into a tie for 23rd on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list with Mike Modano (561). With five goals in the Bruins’ last seven games, Iginla could also pass Hall of Famers Joe Nieuwendyk and Mats Sundin (564 each).

• Nyquist enters tonight’s game on a nine-game point streak (11-2—13), the longest by a Red Wings player since Henrik Zetterberg tallied points in 11 straight (6-10—16), Dec. 22, 2010-Jan. 10, 2011.

• Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has scored a goal in seven straight games. That streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season (Anaheim’s Corey Perry, Nov. 29-Dec. 11, 2013) and is the longest for a Bruins player in one season since current team president Cam Neely scored in eight straight (Dec. 9-23, 1990). Elias Sports Bureau

• Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made a career-high 49 saves for his 100th win Sunday at Philadelphia. Rask became the seventh Finnish-born goaltender in NHL history to hit the century mark in wins. He improved to 9-0-1 with a 1.46 GAA, .951 SV% and two shutouts in his last 10 starts. Tonight, he is expected to face Red Wings number-one goalie, Jimmy Howard, who is seeking career win #150.

• The Bruins (52-17-6, 110 pts.) have surpassed the 100-point mark for the third time in their last four seasons and fourth time in their last six. They need five wins and 11 points in their final seven games to match single-season franchise records for wins (57) and points (120), both set by the 1970-71 team. That team was upset in the opening round of the playoffs by the eventual Stanley Cup champions, Montreal.

• The Red Wings have made the playoffs 22 consecutive seasons dating back to the 1990-91 season, the fifth longest postseason streak in NHL history and longest active streak in the league. The Bruins hold the record for the longest playoff streak in NHL history (29 seasons, 1967-68 through 1995-96).

Penguins – Senators Game 7 goes to double overtime, try to breathe

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Try to breathe. Maybe meditate during this overtime intermission, if you need it.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators didn’t just need overtime to decide who would win Game 7 and advance to the Stanley Cup Final. It turns out that, despite an angry Penguins crowd, that they’ll need double OT.

There were plenty of big chances during that span of “free hockey.” You could probably argue that Phil Kessel was the most frustrated player during that frame; he was unable to score but generated some golden opportunities.

One really looked like it might have beaten Craig Anderson:

Wow. This one likely stings more for Kessel, as he had a ton of time and space but missed the net.

Kessel wasn’t the only player to get chances. There were a ton in this first overtime as both teams took thrilling swipes at victory. Still, number 81 provided some of the most memorable moments.

You can watch Game 7 live on NBCSN. The game can also be viewed online and via the NBC Sports App. Here is the livestream link.

Brace yourselves, Senators – Penguins Game 7 goes to overtime

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It’s dangerous to assume much of anything in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators seem like they’re taking turns flipping the script.

After the Senators received the only two power-play opportunities through the first two periods, Phil Kessel drew a call on Dion Phaneuf. Justin Schultz almost immediately reminded us of part of the reason why his presence had been so sorely missed, scoring an authoritative 2-1 tally.

Here’s that goal:

There seemed to be a possibility that officiating would be a huge sticking point, as some didn’t like that call and Guy Boucher was incensed when a whistle was blown when Phil Kessel was hit in the ear with a puck. Penguins haters probably felt especially irritated since the Penguins scored while Zack Werenski was down (and bloodied) during a somewhat similar exchange earlier in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Some will bring that up, especially once we find out how this one will end, but Ryan Dzingel shifted the focus to how the Senators just won’t quit as he scored soon after that 2-1 goal to tie it 2-2, the second time Ottawa’s fought back (quickly) from a seemingly huge Penguins goal.

Watch that goal above, then hold your breath as this game goes to overtime.

You can watch Game 7 live on NBCSN. The game can also be viewed online and via the NBC Sports App. Here is the livestream link.

Video: Marc Methot’s impressive hip check on Evgeni Malkin

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So far, the Ottawa Senators are getting their way in Game 7, as their 1-1 contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins has been a grinding, sometimes stifling affair.

This sets the stage for a dramatic finish, as the two teams are locked up by that 1-1 score heading into the third period.

With a trip to the Stanley Cup Final on the line, everyone’s pushing hard, and sometimes that means delivering hard hits.

All things considered, you’d be hard-pressed to top Marc Methot‘s hip check on Evgeni Malkin from a degree-of-difficulty standpoint.

Hip checks are already endangered species in the NHL because it’s just so difficult to lineup in this speedier, more skillful game. But to do it in a tied Game 7, against a driven Malkin, in your own zone? That’s borderline audacious. Then again, Methot’s fighting through that gruesome finger injury (along with … maybe other things given playoff secrecy), so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised.

Check it out in GIF form, too:

Some Penguins fans are grumbling about that not being a penalty, and that’s a debate for the comments. Most of us can agree that it was an impressive feat either way.

You can watch Game 7 live on NBCSN. The game can also be viewed online and via the NBC Sports App. Here is the livestream link.

Calm, then storm: Penguins, Senators trade Game 7’s goals in 20 seconds

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Here’s hoping that you didn’t take a poorly-timed break in the second period.

For much of Game 7, the Ottawa Senators have been able to slow down the Pittsburgh Penguins, resulting in a contest that went scoreless for what sometimes felt like ages.

Chris Kunitz changed that, long after missing on a golden opportunity shortly after Mike Sullivan decided to put him on Sidney Crosby‘s line. Kunitz finished a nice rush play to make it 1-0 9:55 into the second. Check out that goal below.

Guy Boucher didn’t have to deploy “attack mode” very long, as Mark Stone stunningly tied it up 1-1 just 20 seconds later. That surprising tally can be seen in the clip above this post’s headline.