|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.
|Game 6 countdown, 4 p.m.: What are the hockey experts saying?||06.13.11 at 4:01 pm ET|
With Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals getting closer and closer here is a look at what a few of the hockey experts are saying:
TSN’s Bob McKenzie writes that is has been a ‘bizarre’ Stanley Cup finals. McKenzie has been surprised with just how unruly things have gotten and also writes how he spoke to a referee and he too was surprised at how on edge the players have been. He also writes about how special teams have played a key role in the series and the challenge the Canucks face playing in Boston.
Jeff Klein, of the New York Times, examines just how close the Canucks are to claiming their first Stanley Cup in 41 years of existence. He writes the celebration would rival the celebration that followed the 2010 Winter Olympics gold-medal game held in Vancouver.
Helene Elliott of the LA Times writes how even though the Bruins have dominated the majority of the statistical categories throughout the series it is the Canucks who are one win away from winning the Stanley Cup.
|Game 6 countdown, 3 p.m.: A Canucks player’s view on the series||06.13.11 at 3:01 pm ET|
Marblehead, Mass native, Boston College grad and Canucks backup goaltender Cory Schneider has been running a series long blog, Cory’s Story, on NHL.com. He posts almost on a daily basis and writes about his experiences during the series and gives insights on what it’s like playing in a Stanley Cup final.
A few highlights from the blog include:
– Schneider plans on spending $4,000 on tickets for Game 6. He wants his family to be there and tickets are going for about $500 each in the loge section of the TD Garden. He says that he gets free tickets for home games, but is on his own for road games.
– Writing about the Vancouver locker room after the win in Game 5 he wrote, “Guys were obviously excited in the room, but I also think it was kind of unfinished business. We haven’t won anything, but we’ve put ourselves in a position to win and I think we’re a little more excited and optimistic to head back to Boston and try to get it done.”
– He discusses his role as a backup goaltender during the playoffs, a time where he sees very limited action. “Practice is a time when I can help the guys get better when they want to stay out for extra work. In that sense, that’s my role right now, finding a way to help the guys get better. It’s tough because you have to be ready at any moment. At the same time, you’re into it and as caught up as the players are. Sometimes even more.”
|Game 6 countdown, 2 p.m.: Other cities have issues with Vancouver||06.13.11 at 2:02 pm ET|
Boston is not the only city that has an issue with the way the Canucks play the game.
Chicago Tribune writer Steve Rosenbloom wrote an article about the Blackhawks being familiar with the Canucks style of play because they acted the same way when they faced the Canucks in Round 1 of this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. He notes a few dirty hits that the Canucks laid on the Blackhawks and the league did nothing in response to them.
The Province, a newspaper in British Columbia, recently ran a story about how most of Canada is pulling for the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup because most of Canada hates Vancouver. It says the hate comes from Canadians being jealous of Vancouver because it is a beautiful city and it hosted the Winter Olympics.
The Globe and Mail, a Toronto newspaper, had a story saying that the Canucks have become the NHL’s most hated team. The story examines the way the Canucks have reached the Stanley Cup finals and the way they have played the series. It also includes a quote from Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney, who said, “This team is so easy to hate, it is unbelievable. … I’d say that 90 percent of the guys in the league want nothing to do with seeing them win.’
|Ray Bourque on D&C: Physical play and will the key for Bruins||06.09.11 at 9:47 am ET|
Former Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning following the Bruins 4-0 win in Game 4 to discuss the game and the remainder of the series with the Canucks. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
‘I saw the Bruins come out with a different will in Game 3, from the opening shift when [Mark] Recchi went out ran over two guys, they were trying to be so much more physical than they were in Vancouver,” Bourque said. “I see a different will from the Bruins, and obviously that hit on [Nathan] Horton fueled things even more for the guys to rally around and make them more determined and hungry and want to win it for him. They just kept coming and coming to Vancouver in terms of physical play ‘¦ As both games wore on you could see the Bruins were wearing down Vancouver and how they were playing physically and it was fun to watch.’
Bourque discussed how goaltending has been such a major difference in the series.
“As you look at both teams their backbone is their goaltending and they rely on their goaltending so much, and Tim Thomas has been so much better than [Roberto] Luongo. I think that is wearing on Vancouver, as they are saying, ‘what are we going to get tonight from this guy?’ He’s been struggling.’
Although Luongo has in fact struggled, Bourque does not expect a Cancucks goalie change for Game 5.
‘I think you have to go with the guy that has gotten you there and is a Vezina trophy finalist, with Thomas, and you hope he gets back home and feels comfortable and plays his game,” he said. “I think you can’t go away from him, his track record in regular season is so strong … he’s got to the finals so you have to ride him out.”
|Who Is Alexandre Burrows and why did he bite Patrice Bergeron?||06.02.11 at 9:01 am ET|
In Wednesday nights Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows appeared to bite Bruins center Patrice Bergeron at the end of the first period. Burrows is no stranger to controversy on the ice.
This was Burrows’ sixth season in the NHL, he has played all six with the Canucks. Before that he played two years in the Quebec Major Hockey League and then seven years between the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and the American Hockey League (AHL).
In January of 2010, he was involved a situation with NHL referee StÃ©phane Auger. Auger called two penalties on Burrows in the third period of a 2-2 game with the Predators, one for diving and the other for interference. The Canucks lost the game and with three seconds left he went up to Auger and protested the calls and was assessed an unsportsmanlike minor and a ten-minute misconduct.
Following the game Burrows told reporters that Auger has a personal vendetta against him. “It was personal. It started in warm-up, before the anthem,” Burrows said of Auger’s penalty calling. “[Auger] came over to me and he said I made him look bad in Nashville on the [Jerred] Smithson hit and he said he was going to get me back tonight.”
He was referring to a game a month prior when Predators Smithson hit him and was given a game misconduct by Auger. Following the game the penalty was rescinded because the league felt that Burrows embellished the hit.
Burrows was fined $2,500 for publically criticizing Auger. Later that week CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada aired an 11-minute long segment about Burrow’s past transgressions. The segment was said to be biased against Burrows and his parents went as far as writing a letter to CBC complaining about the segment saying it was a ‘verbal assassination’ and had ‘no journalistic balance.’
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