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Canucks try to keep Cup thoughts in check

Posted on: June 13, 2011 1:28 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 1:29 pm
BOSTON --- The Stanley Cup lurked somewhere Monday afternoon, likely at one of city’s swankier hotels.

If trophies could sleep, it’d get a better rest than the Vancouver Canucks.

“Usually, when I take a nap that’s when you lay in bed and start thinking about things,” Canucks forward Henrik Sedin said. “That’s why you want to prepare the same way as you do during the regular season. You try to do the same things over and over again. You don’t want to change anything when it matters most.”

As much as the pressure will be on the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to extend the series, the Canucks would rather not waste their 3-2 series lead in the best-of-7 series. The Canucks have never won a Cup and this will the second time the franchise will have the chance to win an NHL title. The only other chance Vancouver had to clinch a Cup came in 1994, where the Canucks fell to the New York Rangers in Game 7.

When you get this close, the cliché factor rises along with the intensity.

“We see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Canucks forward Manny Malhotra said. “We realize what type of effort will have to go into the night, the execution and focus we’re going to have to have. We’re playing against a Boston team that plays well at home.”

Boston won their first two home contests of the series (Games 3-4) by an aggregate of 12-1. Five minutes into Game 3, both teams may have been taken out of the routine on the collision that left Boston’s Nathan Horton with a severe concussion and the ejection --- and eventual suspension --- of Vancouver’s Aaron Rome. While the Bruins failed to score on the e five-minute power play that resulted, Boston dominated on home ice the rest of the way.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said despite how well his team played in this building, he doubts are looking past tonight.

“I think it's clear to our players that all the focus should be about tonight,” Julien said. “If you want to create a Game 7, you have to focus on tonight's game, not on Game 7. So, we're going to be ready, I think our guys understand that.”
The a home team won each game in a best-of-7 Final three times, the last in 2003 when the New Jersey Devils defeated the Anaheim Ducks. The last time a home team won the first six games was in 2009 before Pittsburgh beat Detroit in Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena..

You’d think that might give Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault some ammo for his pre-game speech, but he said the word “Cup” won’t come out of his mouth.

“We're going to talk about the process and what we need to do on the ice to put our best game there,” he said. “If we do that then usually the results take care of themselves.”

-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 6:08 pm

Canucks try to keep Cup thoughts in check

I did not watch the last game but looked at the numbers. I thought that in Vacouver in game five that Vancouver would come in with a high 40s, or into the fifties shot count, but they came in with a paltry 26. Boston outshot them by 5 which is a shocker. With all of its opponents, Vancouver has outshot people and often were in the 40s for shot totals. If they are getting tired they will play more of a defensive game, and wait it out. Vancouver is tough to beat when they do this, and they did it to the Predators and San Jose. Their only offense coming off of counters. But this puts them on their heels, sometimes, but it's designed so they don't panic. Boston just has to suck it up, get tough, and go to the front of the net, and dig hard in the corners. Boston aquitted itself well, and they will be back in the finals in the next two years if not both. Hoefully with a power play. When this is all said and done the Bruins power play, and Kaberle's play will come under heavy derision, and ridicule.

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 5:46 pm

Canucks try to keep Cup thoughts in check

The fact that Vancouver continues to beak, tells me they are at least concerned, and know something the rest of us don't. Maybe they are tired, and banged up, and trying to get under Boston's skin for Boston to take an extra penalty. In my mind, they should never have been concerned in the first place, as they needed only to play this out, and they would have won it in 5 games at the most, and probably a sweep. Vancouver kicked a hornet's nest when they bit into Boston ( no pun intended ), and at least made it a little interesting, but if Vancouver runs out of gas and steam, they have only themselves to blame. Boston is big and tough, and when a Bruin senses weakness, look out. I think Vancouver comes out hard, but will run into a wall of Bruins. Vancouver 2-1 tonight in  tough one, but the superior team unfortunately prevails.

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 5:36 pm

Canucks try to keep Cup thoughts in check

This ones tough to pick. I'm a lifetime Bruins fan since the early sixties. The Bruins were lucky to get the two wins it put up in this series. Some of those goals were lucky by  Boston and others were given to them after the fact. Yes the goals did show Luongo's tendency to leak, and then pour badly when he does leak, but Vancouver still showed its superiority in speed and skill in game 3. They were badly outshooting the Bruins, and even outshot them in the second period when they were being outscored 4-0. This Bruins have held Vancouver in Vancouver, but just don't have the offense to mount enough to get something past Luongo, other than those lucky goals in Boston. That may have been a fluke. Vancouver is a vastly superior team, but you could't tell by watching the teams playing. This shows how toughness is  good to have to even things up. The Predators, and San Jose showed this quirck in their series' with Vancouver. Yeah it seems a matter of time, and Vancouver will now wait it out, and probably take it tonight. A game 7 is to risky to risk even though even there, Vancouver will be an overwhelming favorite. I don't see where the Bruins can win this if they don't start going to the front of the net. They have no power play and up to this point if they had, they may well have won this already.

Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 5:16 pm

Canucks try to keep Cup thoughts in check

I wonder if Nathan Horton will be watching the gaime tonight?  Or is he still seeing double?  or triple? Maybe with the right glasses he'll be able to see it in 3D!  See, when we turn a negative into a positive everybody wins.

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