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2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

SCF Game 7: The ultimate all-or-nothing contest

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 11:00 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Montreal wins 1971 Stanley Cup

Jean Beliveau receives the Cup (Click to enlarge)

There is nothing in sports to rival a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. For a hockey fan, it's like waiting for Christmas -- the big day seems to take forever to come -- but when it does, it's well worth the wait.

Christmas comes once a year, but a seven-game Final series happen about as infrequently. Since the NHL's first expansion in 1967, the championship round has gone the distance just eight times, the last in 2009 when Pittsburgh beat Detroit 2-1 in Game 7. If the Stanley Cup Final really is the NHL's two best teams facing off for the championship, it seems logical that there would be more than eight seven-gamers in a span of 44 years -- after all, baseball's World Series has gone the distance 14 times in the same span (though not since 2002).
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Canucks embrace fruits of labor, Game 7 at home

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 9:53 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"One game, winner take all -- I've been in those situations before. I know how to handle it. I'll be ready for it." -- Roberto Luongo

BOSTON -- While attempting to somehow spin their 5-2 loss in Game 6 into some sort of positive, the Vancouver Canucks did hit on one positively true fact.
 
This is why 54 wins and 117 points in the regular season matters. Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final will be in their barn Wednesday night.
 
"We enjoy playing in our building. The fans are going to be going," Daniel Sedin said. "You play good in the regular season to get home-ice advantage, and we're going to take advantage of that."
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Recchi has chance to go out a champion

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 9:42 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

"I'm going to lay it on the line one more time and see where it takes me after that. No matter what, it's been a great 22 years, and I've enjoyed every minute of it. This has been one of my best ones, regardless of what happens, and I'm just still proud to play in the NHL."
-- Mark Recchi

BOSTON -- There have been so many games in a long and illustrious NHL career for Mark Recchi -- 1,840 of them between regular-season and postseason contests, not to mention the countless exhibitions and practices.

If this is it for Recchi -- he has said if the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup he definitely will retire -- the 43-year-old is scripting quite an ending. The Bruins faced elimination in Game 6 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, but Recchi helped them force Game 7 with 3 assists in a 5-2 victory Monday.

"It crosses my mind, but, you know, I have a job to do out there for the guys and I can't put those thoughts in my head," Recchi said if he had thought Game 6 could have been his last. "I'm going to lay it on the line one more time and see where it takes me after that. No matter what, it's been a great 22 years, and I've enjoyed every minute of it. This has been one of my best ones, regardless of what happens, and I'm just still proud to play in the NHL."
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Bruins have final chance to make history

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 9:09 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

"This is what we dream of when you're little kids playing street hockey -- you know, you're in Game 7. We're going to go up there and we're going to go lay it on the line like they are, and I think it's going to be an exciting game." -- Mark Recchi

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins began this season on a mission to move past the ignominy of a historic collapse in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Now, the 2011 edition of the Bruins is one victory from making a little history of its own -- only this time it would end with jubilation instead of humiliation.

Boston became the third team in NHL history to lose a 3-0 series lead when the Philadelphia Flyers produced their miracle comeback in the second round last year. That was bad enough, but the Bruins also led 3-0 in Game 7 before the Flyers staged a comeback to complete the comeback.
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Thomas: ' I didn't want to give them any confidence'

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 2:01 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

One could certainly make the case that regardless of what happens Wednesday night, Tim Thomas will leave Rogers Arena in possession of the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Thomas furthered his case to be the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday night, as he stopped 36 of 38 shots as the Boston Bruins evened this best-of-seven series with a 5-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden.

The University of Vermont product spoke with reporters after helping his club stave off elimination on home ice.
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Horton's presence revs up Bruins

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 1:52 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

BOSTON -- Nathan Horton's smile brought about an even more frenzied response from the TD Garden crowd than any of the goals the Bruins scored in Monday's 5-2 victory against Vancouver in Game 6.

Horton, who suffered a concussion after a late hit from Aaron Rome early in Game 3, has been ruled out of the rest of the series. But, the first-line wing, who scored the winning goal in each of Boston's previous two Game 7s in these playoffs, was at the Garden to cheer on his teammates.

During the first time out, the scoreboard showed Horton standing in the Zamboni entrance, clutching a yellow rally towel in each fist and flashing the omnipresent smile that has won over this town in one short season. On the verge of tears, he mouthed the words, "thank you" before the camera cut away.
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Marchand provides early spark for Bruins

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 1:46 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

BOSTON – The Bruins knew the first goal in Monday's Game 6 would be important. They just had no idea how important it would be.

Brad Marchand, who is having quite the postseason campaign for a rookie, scored the just 5:31 into the period on a semi-breakaway, his wrist shot eluding the waving glove hand of Roberto Luongo. Three minutes and four seconds later, Luongo was on the bench after allowing three goals during a seven-shot barrage.

"You know, it was a huge goal he scored and he emotionally kept on driving for us," said Boston veteran forward Mark Recchi, Marchand's linemate.
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Luongo glad to be going home for Game 7

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 1:28 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Luckily for Roberto Luongo, his road to the Stanley Cup comes to an end at home.

The inexplicable woes for the Vancouver Canucks' franchise goaltender at TD Garden continued in epic fashion Monday night during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Luongo allowed three goals on eight shots and was pulled after just 8:35 as the Bruins rolled to a 5-2 victory that forced a decisive Game 7 at Rogers Arena on Wednesday night.

It was the shortest start of Luongo's career that wasn't the result of an injury.

In three games in Boston, Luongo has an unbelievable 8.05 goals-against average and .773 save percentage. He's allowed 15 goals on 66 shots and was about as beatable as he's been in this series Monday with the Canucks on the verge of winning the franchise's first Stanley Cup.

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Sedins deny struggles, look forward to Game 7

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 1:16 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON --Daniel Sedin stood in the visiting team's locker room Monday night, his face straight, his mood calm.

"I liked the way we played," he said, following Vancouver's 5-2 loss in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. "We battled really hard. We've got to be excited for next game."

Not said was the fact that he has 20 points so far in the playoffs, but only four in the Final.

Not said was the fact that he and his brother, Henrik -- the NHL's No. 1 and No. 4 regular-season scorers -- have combined for just five points in this series against Boston.
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Bieksa: 'They're a better team on home ice'

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 1:14 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Kevin Bieksa is one of the leaders of the Vancouver Canucks. With Dan Hamhuis out of the lineup, Bieksa has taken on added responsibility with his defensive partner during the playoffs sidelined during the Stanley Cup Final.

Bieksa was one of six Canucks who avoided a minus rating during Monday night's 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. The impending free agent logged a game high 25:57 of ice time and led all players with 8 shots on goal.
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