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2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Bruins, Canucks can draw parallels to past Game 7s

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 11:55 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Emily Kaplan - Staff Writer

The 2011 Stanley Cup Final is going the distance -- and that's something that's been happening a lot lately.

Should the Bruins win Game 7 of the Final on Wednesday night in Vancouver (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), they would become the first team in NHL history to win three Game 7s in one postseason en route to the Stanley Cup.

Yet that just points to a bigger trend where the Stanley Cup Final, specifically, has been stretched to the limit.

There have been 15 Stanley Cup Finals that have been determined by a Game 7, with five of them occurring since 2001.

In addition, this is the third time since 2003 that a Game 7 has been set up by home teams winning each of the first six games.

Thomas' road to Game 7 as unique as himself

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 11:32 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- From Burlington, Vt., to Birmingham, Ala., and Hamilton, Ont., to Helsinki, Finland, Tim Thomas traveled the globe to craft his ability to stop hockey pucks.

He's played in plenty of big games at various levels. He played in the Frozen Four in 1996 with Martin St. Louis for Vermont. Thomas has been to the finals in SM-liiga, the top league in Finland three times and won in 1998, with an HIFK team that included future NHL stars Brian Rafalski, Olli Jokinen and Kimmo Timonen.

There have been AHL playoff games and NHL playoff contests and world championships. After four years in college and 14 years as a professional in six leagues, Thomas will lead his Boston Bruins onto the ice Wednesday for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

"The reality is, for me anyways, this may be the only Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals that I ever have in my career," Thomas said. "If we happen to make it again, hopefully we can win before [Game] 7. But it's a big game. When we're in the garage or driveway playing as a kid and you're fantasizing, well, I was Stevie Yzerman, which doesn't make sense for a goalie, but you're saying to yourself, Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. You're not saying Game 6, you know? So this is really what every kid dreams about."

Six questions to prepare for Game 7

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

VANCOUVER – It all comes down to this -- a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Wednesday night at Rogers Arena (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), the Stanley Cup will be raised in triumph.

Will it be the home-standing Vancouver Canucks, claiming the first title in the franchise's four-decade history who party before the home crowd? Or, will it be the Boston Bruins, who are looking to put a 39-year Cup drought to rest, who send this city into hockey mourning yet again?

The final 60 minutes – or more – of this frenetic series will tell that tale. But, before the puck is even dropped Wednesday night, here a few other questions for you to ponder as the minutes slowly tick by until the start of the biggest – and final – game of the 2010-11 season.

Bruins provided one last chance in Vancouver

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 11:17 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dhiren Mahiban - Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- It's been a tale of two cities in the Stanley Cup Final for the Boston Bruins.

At home, in front of their boisterous crowd at the TD Garden, Boston has out-scored the Vancouver Canucks 17-3. But on the road, at Rogers Arena, the Bruins have been out-scored 5-2.

In Boston, the Bruins are 3-0 in the Final. But away from the Garden, they're still looking for a win with the seventh and deciding game taking place in Vancouver on Wednesday night.

"We need to alter our game here. That's what needs to be altered and we've already started talking about what we need to do as soon as the game yesterday was done," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "I think it's important to set the tone and set the stage in Game 7.

Bruins pay tribute to injured Horton

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 10:41 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

VANCOUVER – There was an extra furnished stall in the visiting dressing room when the Bruins reported for Tuesday's practice at Rogers Arena, the team's final formal skate before Wednesday's Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Injured Boston forward Nathan Horton had a stall and most of his equipment had been hung in it by the team's training staff. Horton, who suffered a concussion after a late hit from Aaron Rome early in Game 3, won't play in Game 7, but he was a surprise visitor on the team's charter flight to Vancouver on Tuesday.

"That's something the guys wanted to do," Bruins coach Claude Julien said Tuesday afternoon, shortly after the team arrived and had a quick practice at Rogers Arena. "They wanted him to be part of our group here. Until, again, the third game of the Final, he was a big contributor to our hockey club.  

Game 7 is all that matters to Canucks

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 10:12 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

VANCOUVER -- The Canucks have scored eight goals in six games in the Stanley Cup Final. It's still possible that nine in seven gets them the Stanley Cup.
"If we win (Wednesday), we become legends," Ryan Kesler said on the eve of Game 7 from Rogers Arena.
In this city, this province and with this franchise, Kesler is absolutely correct.
The statistical edge owned by Boston in this series has been a storyline through six games, but it isn't anymore, at least not to Kesler and the Canucks.

With Raymond out, Canucks need a replacement

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 9:45 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- Canucks GM Mike Gillis was given a chance to criticize officials Tuesday for not calling a penalty against Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk for a hit during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final that fractured the vertebrae of Mason Raymond.

Boychuk and Raymond became tangled near the boards deep in the Bruins zone during the opening minute of the first period. Raymond was driven into the boards backside first by Boychuk and did not return to the game.

Raymond was diagnosed with a vertebrae compression fracture, the team announced Tuesday.

With Game 7 win, Thomas can pull off NCAA rarity

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 7:58 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Bob Snow - Correspondent

BOSTON -- Since the NCAA began crowning a national champion in 1948, there are only three goalies from the college ranks that have played the primary role in their team claiming the Stanley Cup.
Now, Tim Thomas, the former University of Vermont star, is hoping to add his name to that elite list. To do so, he will have to win one more game in the 2010-11 season -- Wednesday's Game 7 in Vancouver.
Ken Dryden, Ed Belfour, and Mike Richter have already accomplished this rare feat.
Thomas, a Michigan native, and the Ontario native Dryden might deserve an asterisk beside their names in NCAA lore, given they fulfilled the benchmark definition of "student athlete."

Stanley Cup Champion to be decided Wednesday

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 6:10 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

NEW YORK -- The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins will face off in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final Wednesday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver (8 p.m., ET, CBC, NBC, RDS), the pinnacle of a series and post-season typified by intense competition, unpredictability, late-game heroics and wild momentum shifts.

Wednesday's showdown will mark the seventh Game 7 of the 2011 post-season, matching the total from 1994 as the most in playoff history. The home team has prevailed in five of the six previous games and five of the six were decided by one goal.

Regardless of the outcome, History Will Be Made for one club and its passionate following. The Canucks, celebrating their 40th anniversary in the NHL, are in quest of their first Stanley Cup. The Bruins are vying for their first championship in 39 years.

Raymond suffered vertebrae fracture

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 12:28 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Vancouver Canucks forward Mason Raymond sustained a vertebrae compression fracture in the first period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday and is expected to miss 3-4 months, President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced Tuesday.

Raymond suffered the injury on the game's first shift, when he got tangled with Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Raymond was bent at the waist when he fell back-side first into the boards.

Raymond stayed down on the ice for several minutes before being helped off the ice. It was reported during the game that he was taken to a hospital on a stretcher for further evaluation.

Raymond doesn't have a point in the series and has just 2 goals and 6 assists in 24 playoff games, but had been skating on the Canucks' second line, with Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins. Jannik Hansen replaced him in Game 6.
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