BOSTON — The individual Game 7 histories for the Bruins’ players are staggeringly bad.
Zdeno Chara is 0-5. Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton and Shane Hnidy are 0-3. Tim Thomas and David Krejci are 0-2.
Only defenseman Tomas Kaberle (3-2) has an above-.500 record in series finales among players on the Bruins’ roster.
That history, of course, might not have any impact on tonight’s action. That’s what defenseman Andrew Ference, who’s 2-4 in Game 7s including a loss in the 2004 Stanley Cup final to Tampa Bay, is hoping, anyway.
“I’m not big on the history. I just kind of laugh when they say … in years past the Bruins have done this or that. … You play for today and what happened last year, the year before the last 15 years, it doesn’t matter,” said Ference at TD Garden about 2 1/2 hours before puck-drop for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with Montreal. “Tonight what happens out there is determined by the players on both teams. There’s lessons you can learn from Game 7s, how approach them, how to prepare for them.”
For forward Shawn Thornton, who won a Stanley Cup in ’07 with Anaheim but has never won a Game 7, one of those lessons is how to approach a do-or-die game with some calm and confidence.
“The first one I was in, it was the same situation vs. Montreal. I think for a lot of guys it was their first Game 7,” said Thornton. “It was very tense. It was a good game, but I don’t know if it took a little bit out of us. So I think we’re, I don’t want to say relaxed, but we’re a little more composed going into this one.”