|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.
|Game 6 countdown, 6 p.m.: Inside the numbers||06.13.11 at 6:00 pm ET|
With Game 6 fast approaching here are a few notable statistics regarding the series and Stanley Cup finals history that could play a role in Monday night’s game:
– The team that has scored first has won each of the first five games of the series.
– The last time the home team won every game of the Stanley Cup finals was in 2003 when the Devils beat the Ducks in seven games.
– The Bruins are 7-0 in the playoffs when Brad Marchand scores.
– Since 1989, six Stanley Cup finals series have been won in six games. All of the clinching games have been won on the road.
– The last four times a team won the Stanley Cup in Game 6, all games were decided by one goal, with three games going into overtime.
– Only two teams since 1939 have won Games 6 and 7, with Game 7 being on the road in the Stanley Cup finals. They are the Canadians in 1971 and the Penguins in 2009.
|Game 6 countdown, 5 p.m.: How will Vancouver watch?||06.13.11 at 5:01 pm ET|
Vancouver will once again see its people flock to the streets tonight to view Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. The city of Vancouver is closing many streets in anticipation of all the people that will take to the streets to watch the game outdoors.
Friday night’s Game 5 drew more than 100,000 people to downtown Vancouver to watch the game on three large televisions at three outdoor viewing locations. Two dozen people were arrested, mostly for breach of peace and public intoxication.
‘Our fan zones have been a big hit downtown throughout the playoffs, and we want to keep the positive celebrations going,” Mayor Gregor Robertson wrote in a statement.
There have also been other outdoor viewing locations outside of the city of Vancouver, which have drawn thousands of people. It was a rainy day Monday in Vancouver, which could effect the number of people who attend the outdoor viewing parties Monday night.
Fans can also watch the game at Rogers Arena, the home of the Canucks, for $10, with net proceeds going to charity.
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