GDR: SCF Gm 7 - Bruins @ Canucks

Cam Davie
June 15 2011 10:34AM


Games like tonight's are made for unsung heroes. Raffi Torres was the hero in Game 1.
Can he do it again?
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Image)

Game Day Recon: Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Bruins @ Canucks

Stanley Cup Final.

Game 7.

Holy sh#t!

Broadcast Info

Game Time: 5:00 PM PT

TV: CBC Radio: Team1040

The Intel

The Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins are now down to a Best-of-1. That's it. One win to capture hockey's most storied prize - the Stanley Cup.

The Canucks fought hard all year to win the President's Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Well, tonight, in a series where the home team has won every game, that advantage has now bared its ultimate fruit.

There really isn't too much to say about tonight. The teams know each other now. Both teams have had trouble scoring on the road. Both teams are depending heavily on their goaltending to come through tonight.

The Canucks face a tremendous challenge in their lineup, as injuries are starting to catch up to them. With Mason Raymond out, it looks like Jeff Tambellini will draw in in his place. No word yet on where he'll be in the lineup, but he did have success early in the year on the second line when Raymond was hurt previously. As for the defense, both Edler and Alberts appear to be nursing injuries. As a result, at the morning skate today, Nolan Baumgartner was the first player on the ice along with Kevin Bieksa. This is a MASSIVE turn of events because if if Baumgartner draws in, it means that $4.2 million defensemen has fallen to NINTH in the depth chart and can't even draw in ahead of career AHL'er who hasn't played a single NHL game this year. A stunning development if it turns out to be true.  It looks now like Alex Edler may be out, as he and Dan Hamhuis were not on the ice for morning practice. This means that the Canucks D will likely be Bieksa, Salo, Ehrhoff, Tanev, Alberts, Baumgartner. After having the deepest defense corps all season and absorbing all sorts of personnel loss, tonight is the ultimate test of their depth, with Hamhuis, Rome and now Edler out.

***UPDATE! *** - Coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that Alex Edler WILL play tonight, and that (as expected) Dan Hamhuis will not play. He also stated that Mason Raymond may return home to Vancouver either today and tomorrow.

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Tonight is not a time to panic or retreat. It is a time to shine, to press forward, to dominate. It is a time to launch an arrow for a fallen friend. It is time for unsung heroes to stake their claim in history. It is time to make amends for past transgression. It is time for the Canucks to become champions.

The Three Keys

Here are the three keys for the Vancouver Canucks tonight:

1. Score first. This is huge. Not only has the home team scored first in every game, but the team scoring first has won every game. Also, in the last 6 SCF Game 7's the team that has scored first has won. Yeah, it's hugely important.

2. Hit, hit, hit. The Canucks need to come out hitting and set the physical tone early. When they hit, they win.

3. Clear the d-zone quickly and efficiently. Don't give the Bruins any chance to pinch in, keeping the puck hemmed in. Get it out, get your forwards moving and join them. The Canucks defense has to be prepared to skate miles tonight.

The Links

Here are your top 5 links for today's game:

1. Tale of the Tape: Bruins @ Canucks (Canucks.com)

2. Long way from Port Moody driveway games to Game 7 for Tambellini (The Province)

3. Win or lose, Canucks deserve this (Vancouver Sun)

4. Canucks hoping for breakthrough (CBC Sports)

5. Bruins and Canucks set for Game 7 (Stanley Cup Of Chowder) << SEE WHAT THE ENEMY HAS TO SAY!

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Cam was born in Greater Vancouver, raised in Greater Vancouver, and lives in Greater Vancouver. So, yes, he's from Vancouver. He attended his first Vancouver Canucks game on Dec 26th, 1980 and has bled orange/black/red/blue+green ever since. You can reach him on Twitter @tinfoiltuque or on e-mail at tinfoiltuque(at)gmail(dot)com.
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#1 SALMON
June 15 2011, 02:10PM
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Grasp all you want, You are done. Bruins 3 Nucks 2

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#3 Mantastic
June 15 2011, 03:17PM
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@Cam Davie

they have scored those goals AFTER they were blown out, i'm sure boston was playing very hard defensively like all teams do when they blow out their opponents...

do you seriously believe that garbage?

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#5 Mantastic
June 15 2011, 04:17PM
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@Cam Davie

first off what does that even have to do about my post? does this reflect at all how many the canucks have scored at away games and the bruins at away games when they have been played completely different in both arenas?

and if the bruins didn't have such a large lead would you think the canucks would have even scored if they tightened their defense?!

THE CANUCKS HAVE BEEN OUTSCORED IN THE PLAYOFFS

I'll repeat that for you

THE CANUCKS HAVE BEEN OUTSCORED IN THE PLAYOFFS

2-33 in the pp for the series for the top pp team in the league

and how good have then been in the pk?

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#6 todd
June 15 2011, 05:15PM
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Um The past is the past doesn't matter. It's one game winner take all. ONCE THE NUCKS Win those stupid stats mean nothing. The ONLY thing that matters is scoreboard, and it will read 4-2 VAN~~~~~~coooooooooooooouver!

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#7 Mantastic
June 15 2011, 07:48PM
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Cam Davie wrote:

The Bruins were SHUT OUT in two games in Vancouver.

I'll repeat that for you.

THE BRUINS were SHUT OUT in two games in Vancouver.

There is no other argument needed than that. Luongo has been brilliant here in Vancouver, and it is totally reasonable to expect that again tonight.

what about shut out 2 games in vancouver?

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#8 Mantastic
June 15 2011, 07:48PM
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Cam Davie wrote:

The Bruins were SHUT OUT in two games in Vancouver.

I'll repeat that for you.

THE BRUINS were SHUT OUT in two games in Vancouver.

There is no other argument needed than that. Luongo has been brilliant here in Vancouver, and it is totally reasonable to expect that again tonight.

opps double post

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#9 coptin_
June 15 2011, 07:53PM
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lets see if vignut has any balls and put schnider in for 3rd period

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#10 coptin_
June 15 2011, 07:54PM
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what time 2nite do the trade louie rumors start....i say 9pm pacific

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#11 oilers1974
June 15 2011, 08:56PM
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aaaawwww.....too bad. karma is a b*tch. how does that presidents trophy banner look?

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#12 TheGirlOutWest
June 15 2011, 10:46PM
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So, "Canada's team" won. There are more Canadians playing for the Bruins than the Canucks, so I see this as a victory for Canada. Yes, Ryan "I hate Canada" Kesler can feel defeat again, just like in the Olympics, on the same ice, with Bobby Lou helping you out (again).

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#13 T&A4Flames
June 15 2011, 10:54PM
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todd wrote:

Um The past is the past doesn't matter. It's one game winner take all. ONCE THE NUCKS Win those stupid stats mean nothing. The ONLY thing that matters is scoreboard, and it will read 4-2 VAN~~~~~~coooooooooooooouver!

Hum, yea, try 4-0 BOSTON! Enjoy your riots Todd...loser!

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#14 todd
June 15 2011, 11:38PM
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Yeah yeah yeha I had that coming. As for you jerks who are starting fires, I hope karma gets you.

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#15 JackBauer
June 16 2011, 02:20PM
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Hey Cam?

HA HA HA HA HA HA Eat shît

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