The last time a Stanley Cup final was for a seventh crucial game in 2011. Who won? Boston.
On the team were players like Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara. They have all been influential in today's edition of Boston, on Thursday night, Sweden time, with St. Louis over the Stanley Cup title.
One that did not play a particularly prominent role in the winning team eight years ago was goalkeeper Tuukka Rask. The then 24-year-old Finn was the second goalkeeper and left the stand to see Tim Thomas show off between the top two.
It's different now.
Inextricably in races
Rask, 32, was the best scorer in the playoffs and the biggest factor in Boston playing for the Stanley Cup title.
In fact, when exclusion or advancement is at stake for the Boston Spring playoffs, Rask has been more or less unattainable. In all five games, the 32-year-old kept the game twice and saved 145 of the 149 pitches.
In the sixth game of the final against St. Louis, he salvaged 28 of 29 pitches as Boston won 5-1 and forced a decisive final game. Then Boston coach Bruce Cassidy had a dream of praise to share.
He's been fantastic in this playoffs. If you look at all sixth games he has been incredible at all. Against Toronto, against Columbus and now against St. Louis, Cassidy told the New England Sports Network (NESW).
You can not say enough good things about it. In the first playoff game against Toronto, no one on the team was good. But in addition, Tuukka has been our best player in the playoffs and we need him.
Chasing the seventh title
The night against Thursday, Swedish time, a winner will be chosen. For St. Louis, it may be the club's first win at the Stanley Cup, while Boston is looking for its seventh.
If it's the way to the Boston side, it's not a little key that will be Tuukka Rask who is the most valuable player in the playoffs.