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2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Bruins' Recchi announces retirement

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 11:02 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

NHL.com

Mark Recchi is going out on top.

Just moments after helping the Boston Bruins win their first Stanley Cup since 1972 with a 4-0 victory against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 at Rogers Arena, the 43-year-old forward announced he is hanging up the blades.

Recchi, a three-time Stanley Cup champion, had 14 goals and 34 assists in 81 regular-season games and went 5-9-14 in 25 playoff contests.
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How loud is Game 7? Decibel Meter will tell you

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 10:55 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

NHL.com

VANCOUVER -- The noise started early in this hockey-mad town, horns blaring and people screaming at maximum lung power about five hours before game time.

No decibel readings on the streets, but the NHL.com Decibel Meter will provide a full noise report during what will no doubt be a roaring Game 7.

Here the supersonic list from warmups to Cup ceremony.
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Go Figure: Bruins bring home the Cup

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 10:50 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

For the first time since the days of Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito, the Boston Bruins are Stanley Cup champions.

The Bruins completed a rally from 2-0 and 3-2 series deficits by beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game 7 of the Final at Rogers Arena, giving Boston its first Stanley Cup since 1972, when the Bruins beat the New York Rangers in six games.

Here are some of the key stats and figures from the 16th Game 7 in the history of the Stanley Cup Final:

0 -- Wins by the Canucks in their three trips to the Final. The Canucks also lost 3-2 to the New York Rangers in Game 7 in 1994 and were swept by the New York Islanders in 1982.
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Cup arrives in Vancouver after complicated trip

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 8:18 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Bob Condor - NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

VANCOUVER -- The Stanley Cup arrived at Rogers Arena roughly 3:30 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday. Cup-keeper Phil Pritchard looked calm, tie knotted and ready to help hand out the most treasured trophy in sports.
 
But that’s today. There was a bit more drama and logistical sweating during Tuesday’s transcontinental Cup journey from Boston to Vancouver.
 
The Cup was in a Boston hotel Monday for Game 6 but never transported to TD Garden due to the Bruins’ big early lead. So chalk it up as an uneventful Game 6 night for Pritchard and the Cup-keeping crew. 
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Sedin prepared to embrace Game 7 experience

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 3:19 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

VANCOUVER -- As he usually does both before and after games, Henrik Sedin stood in front of his locker stall inside the Canucks' dressing room and answered every question tossed his way Wednesday morning.

Except, this time the line of questioning was so different than anything even he had experienced.

Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final doesn't come along too often. The Canucks' captain is going through all the emotions associated with preparing for the ultimate match. Here is some of what he had to say:
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Looking back at the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 2:46 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

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In hockey, there's nothing more exciting than Game 7 of a Stanley Cup Final.

This year's playoffs feature just that, as the Canucks and Bruins will go head-to-head tonight in Vancouver for a chance to hoist the Cup. A long period of pining for Lord Stanley will end for one side: Boston hasn't claimed the Cup since 1972 while Vancouver has never won since the franchise was born in 1970.

Yet besides tonight's exciting finale, there's been plenty to get excited about on -- and off -- the ice, as the 2011 postseason has been filled with dazzling performances, suspense and some truly historic moments.
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Tambellini ready to shine as injury replacement

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 2:12 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

VANCOUVER -- Perhaps more than anyone who will skate for the Canucks on Wednesday, Jeff Tambellini knows what a Stanley Cup would mean to this city -- especially to the 10-year-old boys watching at home with their parents, living and dying with every passing second.
 
Seventeen years ago, he was one of them.
 
Tambellini, who will play in Game 7 (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS) in place of the injured Mason Raymond, grew up around the Canucks of the 1990s. His father, current Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, worked for the organization as the Director of Public and Media Relations, serving in that capacity for the Canucks' run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in 1994.
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Cory's Story: Ready for Game 7

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 2:00 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Cory Schneider - Vancouver Canucks

Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider has one of the best seats in the house for the Stanley Cup Final. As a backup, the native of Marblehead, Mass., gets to watch every second from the end of the bench, soaking in the tension in nearly the same way a fan would. He made an appearance in Game 6 of the conference quarterfinals, playing well before leaving during the third period with an injury against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Schneider is one the best young goaltenders in the League, and he'll be sharing his experiences throughout this series against the Bruins with NHL.com in his blog, Cory's Story.


VANCOUVER --
Life was a lot different for me at the start of this series. I could come off the ice, take off my equipment, shower and go home without having to talk to a lot of reporters. But as the series has progressed, I've gotten more and more attention from the media.

That's not necessarily a bad thing. A lot of people come to me with questions about Lu on game days when he chooses not to talk to reporters then, which is his right. I've been told that it's when no one wants to talk to you that you're in trouble. I'm happy to do everything I can to support Lu as a backup, and if that means answering questions about him and defending him, that's what I'll do to help.
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NHL.com staff offers Game 7 predictions

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 2:00 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

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VANCOUVER – What will happen in the final game of the 2010-11 season, Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final?
 
As they say, it is anybody's guess -- especially given the up-and-down nature of this best-of-7 series. And that is what NHL.com is doing here, providing the best guesses of what will happen Wednesday night at Rogers Arena from its five-man writing staff that has covered this series.
 
Will Roberto Luongo have another bounce-back performance on home ice? Will the Bruins finally bring their road game across the continent?  Can the Canucks' power play finally make a difference? Can Boston get the defensive matchups it wants often enough despite not having last change? 
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A look at the Game 7 matchups

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 1:02 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

VANCOUVER -- The 2011 Stanley Cup Final has been a tale of two teams led by polar opposite goalies playing what is essentially two different series -- one in Vancouver and the other in Boston.
 
The home teams are perfect, and since Game 7 will be played Wednesday at Rogers Arena -- where the Canucks have given up only two goals in the Final -- it seems only logical to think it will stay that way.
 
Then again, home teams have gone 7-0 in the Stanley Cup Final only three times, with the latest being the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks in 2003. Pittsburgh and Detroit were each 3-0 at home heading into Game 7 in 2009, but the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in Joe Louis Arena.
 
Maybe the Bruins will follow the lead of the Penguins and ruin the home-ice perfection in this series to bring the Cup to Boston for the first time since 1972.
 
Except, the Canucks have been so good at home all season. They've won a League-best 37 games since October. Maybe they win the Cup for the first time in franchise history.
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