How the road team fares in Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 history

If not for the team's effort Tuesday night this post would not exist. Yet here we are edging closer to Game 7.  The defining moment of what has been a long, arduous and at times even questionable season is exactly two days away from the time of this post.

As you may have noticed, no team has won on the road in this series.  Given that pattern it would almost seem as if Detroit has the advantage at home in Game 7.  Pittsburgh's last win at Joe Louis Arena came on November 11, a 7-6 win in which Jordan Staal netted a hat trick.

I wanted to look back on all the previous Game 7s in Stanley Cup history, more specifically the history of champs winning on the road.

Year Home Away Winner
1942 Toronto Detroit Toronto
1945 Detroit Toronto Toronto
1950 Detroit New York Detroit
1954 Detroit Montreal Detroit
1955 Detroit Montreal Detroit
1964 Toronto Detroit Toronto
1965 Montreal Chicago Montreal
1971 Chicago Montreal Montreal
1987 Edmonton Philadelphia Edmonton
1994 New York Vancouver New York
2001 Colorado New Jersey Colorado
2003 New Jersey Anaheim New Jersey
2004 Tampa Bay Calgary Tampa Bay
2006 Carolina Edmonton Carolina

Unfortunately, as you can see, only two teams in the history of Cup-clinching Game 7s have won on the road.  The 1971 Montreal Canadiens were the last team to do it in Chicago - and that's after they dropped the first two games on the road.  The most interesting part about the '71 Habs is that up until their Cup-winning game in Chicago, every other game of the series was won by the home team.   Sound familiar?

[Edit] On only three occasions, 1955, 1965, and 2003, all games in a best-of-seven series were won by the host team.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join PensBurgh

You must be a member of PensBurgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at PensBurgh. You should read them.

Join PensBurgh

You must be a member of PensBurgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at PensBurgh. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker