Before Game 7 of the Kings/Sharks series, much was made of the fact that Williams, Richards, and Gaborik were undefeated in Game 7s throughout their careers. I'm wondering whether the following information is available anywhere:
a) who has won the most Game 7s in their career?
b) who has won the most Game 7s without defeat?
c) who has played in the most Game 7s in their career?
Among active players, I think Chara (11) probably has played in the most Game 7s. Gaborik, Richards, and Williams are all 5-0 now.
It might surprise a lot of people when they hear this, but there are certain players that did not have a record that stands out in Game 7s. Patrick Roy was about 7-6 if I remember correctly. Mario was 3-3.
Two players I remember having outstanding Game 7 records were Scott Stevens and Ed Belfour. I am pretty sure Belfour only lost one Game 7 in his life and that was 2003. He was 6-1 or so I believe.
The impressive thing for Roy is that he got his team to a game 7 so many times. On it's own his Game 7 win percentage may not seem all that impressive, but think about all the other times when guys were out in 6 or less and never even made it to game 7.
Stevens record isn't that sparkling in game 7's. He was on the Caps team that lost game 7 to the Isles in 1987. On the Caps team that lost game 7 to the Devils in 1988. On the Devils team that lost game 7 to the Rangers in 1994. On the Devils team that lost game 7 to the Penguins in 1999. On the Devils team that lost game 7 to the Avs in 2001.
granted he's won a bunch too
One thing you have to remember about older players is that sometimes game 3's and game 5's that they played in the 70's and 80's were essentially game 7's because that was the deciding game of those series.
Roy is 6-7, Brodeur is 6-4. I have not heard of any player with more wins than the two of them, though I wouldn't be surprised if someone like Chelios or Messier was up there (Mess won 2 game 7s in 1994 with the Rangers, one in 1992 against NJ...add that to his EDM years, and he should have more than six?).
Lundqvist is 4-1 (with 5 GA ), for those who are wondering.
Originally Posted by JaymzB
I believe Roy is 6-7 actually.
Ray Bourque went 7-0 with Boston, but went 2-1 with Colorado to end up 9-1.
'89 Patrick Division Final vs. Phi - L - 1+0
'91 Patrick Division Semi-Final vs. NJ - W - 1+0
'92 Patrick Division Semi-Final at Wsh - W - 1+1
'93 Patrick Division Final vs. NYI - L - 0+1
'96 Eastern Conference Final vs. Fla - L - 0+0
'01 Eastern Conference Semi-Final at Buf - W - 0+0
Here's what I got for Gordie Howe's game 7 game log...I think I have all the games, I don't have the results...feel free to add to this...
'49 Semi-Final vs. Mtl - W - ?+?
'54 Stanley Cup Final vs. Mtl - W - 0+0
'55 Stanley Cup Final vs. Mtl - W - 1+0
'64 Semi-Final at Chi - W - 1+1
'64 Stanley Cup Final at Tor - L - 0+0
'65 Semi-Final vs. Chi - L - 1+1
'76 WHA Semi-Final vs. NE - W - ?+?
'79 WHA Semi-Final at Edm - L - ?+?
DNP (to the best of my knowledge)
'50 Semi-Final vs. Tor - W
'50 Stanley Cup Final vs. NYR - W
April 22, 2003, PHI vs. TOR, 6-1 victory - 1 g, 2 a (1+2=3)
June 1, 2006, CAR vs. BUF, 4-2 victory - 1g, 2a (2+4=6)
June 19, 2006, CAR vs. EDM, 3-1 victory - 1g, 0a (3+4=7)
May 28, 2013, LA vs. SJ, 2-1 victory, 2g, 0a (5+4=9)
April 30, 2014, LA vs. SJ, 5-1 victory, 0g, 1a (5+5=10)
So Williams has 5 game 7s, 2.0 PPG in game 7s, ten points, tying him with Jagr for 3rd all-time.
1992 vs MIN (W) 0+0
1993 vs TOR (L) 0+0
1994 vs SJS (L) 0+0
1996 vs STL (W) 0+0
2002 vs COL (W) 0+2
2009 vs ANA (W) 0+1
2009 vs PIT (L) 0+1 ... So agonizingly close to 1+1 and possibly a 5th Cup
2010 vs PHX (W) 2+1
2011 vs SJS (L) 0+0
5-4, 2+5=7 pts
1982 vs QUE (L) 0+0
1983 vs BUF (W) 0+0
1988 vs NJD (W) 0+2
1990 vs HAR (W) 0+1
1991 vs MTL (W) 0+1
1992 vs BUF (W) 0+0
1994 vs MTL (W) 1+0
2000 vs DAL (L) 0+1
2001 vs LAK (W) 0+2
2001 vs NJD (W) 0+0
8-2, 1+6=7 pts
1991 vs NJD (W) 0+1
1992 vs WSH (W) 1+0
1993 vs NYI (L) 0+0
1995 vs WSH (W) 0+2
1996 vs FLA (L) 0+0
1999 vs NJD (W) 0+2
2001 vs BUF (W) 0+3
2013 vs TOR (W) 0+1