|The day after the Cup, 9:30 a.m.: What is Vancouver saying?||06.16.11 at 9:31 am ET|
After the Bruins 4-0 victory in Game 7 over the Canucks, the mood among the media and fans in Vancouver/Canada was a great season, but ending in disappointment.
Roy Macgregor of The Globe and Mail writes that it has been 18 years since the Stanley Cup has been won by a Canadian team. Macgregor details other Canadian teams that have been close, but could not win the Cup. He also highlights Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas and Milian Lucic hoisting the cup. He ends by asking a question that is on many people’s minds regarding Roberto Luongo: “Can he win the big one?”
Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun takes a look at the Sedin Twins and how the series went for them. He also gets their opinion on the riots after the game. “It’s terrible,” Henrik said. “This city and province have a lot to be proud of.” He also writes that the Bruins “showed no respect for the Canucks’ gaudy regular season numbers, pounding the Vancouver skill players at will with little fear of retribution.”
|The day after the Cup, 9 a.m.: Who takes the blame in Vancouver?||06.16.11 at 9:00 am ET|
Following the Bruins Game 7 victory over the Canucks, the analysts on TSN were asked who they felt on Vancouver deserved most of the blame for the loss.
“When you get to Game 7 of a Stanley Cup championship, you need your big guys to come up large,” TSN hockey analyst Ray Ferraro said. “[Ryan] Kesler came up with nothing. The Sedins were both minus four, [Roberto] Luongo gave up three goals, and it was curtains.”
“People are going to point the finger at Luongo – he gives up three goals on 10 shots in this game,” said TSN hockey analyst Bob McKenzie.
“He’s certainly not going to get the benefit of the doubt because of the debacle in Boston in Game 6 where he gave up three goals on eight shots and the game got completely away from him on a night when Vancouver could have clinched the Stanley Cup. Back-to-back [poor] games, it’s going to be difficult for Roberto Luongo to dodge the bullet on that one.”
Ferraro also shared the same feeling on Luongo. “Luongo was not able to get out of his own way and after the Game 6 debacle; you know this was going to be a challenge for him. In this game he wasn’t worse than average, but it wasn’t good enough,” he said.
“I think Vancouver showed up. They had a nice start to the game,” said Ferraro. “But I think the Bruins played a virtually perfect road game, and on the stage of Game 7 I would say it was perfect.”
|Game 7 countdown, 1 p.m.: Inside the numbers||06.15.11 at 1:18 pm ET|
With the Stanley Cup finals clincher getting closer, here are a few statistics worth noting about Game 7:
– The home team is 12-3 all-time in Game 7s in the Stanley Cup finals.
– Canadian teams are 4-0 all-time at home in Game 7s during the Stanley Cup finals.
– The Canucks have won six straight games at home. They had two streaks of six straight wins at home during the regular season but never got to seven straight.
– No team has ever won three Game 7s in the same playoff year.
– The Bruins have never won a Game 7 on the road in any playoff series. They are 0-4, with the last loss coming against the Canadiens in 2008.
|Game 7 countdown, noon: Vancouver police ‘part of the crowd’||06.15.11 at 11:59 am ET|
The city of Vancouver is preparing for Game 7 and the mass of people that will take to its streets. Almost 100,000 people are expected to pack the streets both during and following the game. The Vancouver police have a plan in place similar to the Olympics to maintain crowd control, called “meet and greet.”
“We’re a part of the crowd and we’re part of the event,” police spokesman Lindsey Houghton said. “It’s way more fun, a much better experience, the night goes by quick and at the end of the day everybody’s got stories to tell.”
Police are not expecting anything close to the riots that followed the Canucks’ Game 7 loss in 1994. Houghton said there has been a change in the party culture. “It’s a different atmosphere around here,” he said.
City liquor stores have been requested to close early, and police from other cites have been called in for reinforcement.
|Game 7 countdown, 11 a.m.: Bruins look to Pittsburgh for motivation||06.15.11 at 11:15 am ET|
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review notes that only three road teams in any North American professional sport have won a Game 7 over the past four decades. Those teams all have come from Pittsburgh.
The Pirates have two Game 7 wins on road. In 1971 they defeated the Orioles, 2-1, in Baltimore. In 1979 the Pirates also faced the Orioles in the World Series. The Pirates also won that series in seven games, with the seventh game being played in Baltimore. The Pirates won by a score of 4-1.
Most recently, the Penguins won Game 7 on the road to capture the 2009 Stanley Cup. They defeated the Red Wings, 2-1. That series went exactly the same way the Bruins-Canucks series has gone so far, with the home team winning every game, until Game 7 when the Penguins finally won on the opposing team’s ice.
|Kerry Fraser on D&C: ‘Nobody came to the aid of Daniel Sedin’||06.15.11 at 11:04 am ET|
Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to offer his thoughts from a referee’s viewpoint on the Stanley Cup finals. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
“This is not a typical series, certainly not a typical Stanley Cup final,” Fraser said. “We’ve seen such crazy, bizarre things go on, and the officials have certainly been under a lot of scrutiny. There has been some inconsistencies for sure, from my perspective. They need to make sure they are well prepared and call that first penalty that happens, otherwise they’re going to be batting uphill all night.”
Fraser was asked about Game 7s and if the referees don’t call as many penalties as in other games.
“It’s got to be imagined,” he said of that perception. “The players will dictate what the officials do and how they respond. That being said, the officials have to respond appropriately. I found in most Game 7s, the players just want to play. All the stuff that happened in the previous six games is over, it’s forgotten, now it’s do or die. … This is the kind of game where one call, one penalty can make a huge difference in the outcome of the game.”
When asked about the Johnny Boychuk hit that knocked out Mason Raymond for the rest of the series, Fraser said he didn’t feel like it was deserving of a suspension. “The Vancouver fans are furious,” Fraser said. “That was a normal, acceptable kind of play. Twenty seconds in, Johnny fork-hooked the legs of Raymond. It should have been a two-minute hooking or interference penalty. That was it. Once he turned him and their momentum carried him into the boards, it was an awkward position, that’s all it was. There was no suspension deserved.”
|Game 7 countdown, 10 a.m.: No violence toward Green Men in Game 6||06.15.11 at 10:08 am ET|
The Green Men duo — Force and Sully — made it through Game 6 at TD Garden without any incident.
“The Bruins were up 4-0 after 10 minutes, they were just so focused on the fact that they were going to go to Game 7, they were kind of leaving us alone,” Force said. “There was no threats of violence, no beer throwing.”
The duo was amused at the fact that every time a Canucks fan exited the building Bruins fans gave them a standing ovation.
“We really thought the Canucks were going to take it home, and when you’re out of the game only 10 minutes in, it’s really deflating to know you’re going to have to sit there and watch these guys get pummeled for another two hours,” Force said.
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