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Stanley Cup Final Schedule—Official

New York—The National Hockey League announced today the schedule for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final between the Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks and the eventual Eastern Conference champion.  The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning are tied 3-3 in the Eastern Conference Final.  Game 7 is Friday at 8 p.m. (VERSUS, CBC, RDS) at TD Garden in Boston to determine which team will face the Canucks for the Stanley Cup.

Based on their superior regular-season performance, the Canucks will host Games One and Two of the Stanley Cup Final, as well as Games Five and Seven, if necessary.  Games Three and Four will be hosted by the Eastern Conference champion, as well as game Six, if necessary.

NBC will telecast Games One and Two and, if necessary, Games Five through Seven of the best-of-seven series in the U.S., while VERSUS will broadcast Games Three and Four. In Canada, CBC and RDS will provide coverage for the entire series. All games also will be carried on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Schedule:

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Playing The Refs

from Zuri Berry of Boston.com,

Claude Julien didn’t mince words after the Bruins lost, 5-4, to the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night, forcing a Game 7 Friday night back in Boston. From the power-play to the officiating, there were a lot of dislikes and “disagreements” the coach expressed to the media afterward.

“Obviously [special teams] was a difference maker,” Julien said. “They scored three goals on the power play and it took us a long time to get our first one, and that certainly dictated the game.

“And what was more disappointing is probably the fact that, you know, I don’t know if I agree with those calls. And hopefully what was said today didn’t have any impact on that, because if it did, I’d be really disappointed.”

Julien was alluding to Lightning coach Guy Boucher’s comments before the game that seemed to criticize the officiating of Eric Furlatt—Wednesday night’s referee. Boucher was asked about the 24-9 power-play differential that favored the Bruins when Furlatt was officiating.

“24-9 against, right? Yes, I’m aware of it. Very aware of it. Very, very aware of it,” Boucher said.

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Game 6: Transcripts with St. Louis, Stamkos and Coach Boucher

Q.  Guy, I know you like to talk about a team game and that everybody contributes, but in a game where Sean Bergenheim wasn’t there, you got such contributions from Marty, Vinny and Stamkos, I was just curious what kind of responsibility they put on themselves in this game and how they came through it.

COACH GUY BOUCHER:  I was expecting a big game from those guys, but I disagreed that they didn’t have big games in the last games.  Looking at the scoreboard, there’s more to the game than just scoring goals and having points.  They had very good games before.  It just wasn’t going in for some of them, and for some other guys it was going in.

So for me, they just get the result of their previous games’ hard work.  So I don’t think it’s an on and off switch.  It’s something that you build every game, and they got what they deserved.

Q.  You said after last game, if only you could solve the enigma that is Tim Thomas.  After tonight, would you say you’ve solved that or most of it?

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Lightning Force Game 7 In Boston Friday Night

One of those games where pucks were going in from everywhere and the game was in doubt until the final horn sounded.

Friday night should be a good day to kick-off the Memorial Day Weekend!

Talk is game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final will be Wednesday in Vancouver.

If you missed tonight’s game, watch the highlights below…

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Will Anyone Pick Tampa Bay Or Boston Over Vancouver In the SCF?

I would say Boston would have the better chance, but players like Lucic and Bergeron will have to catch fire throughout the series.

To me Tampa Bay may be running out of gas and if they get through the ECF, it may be a 4-5 game series with Vancouver winning.

Your opinion?

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Video- The Saves Of Tim Thomas

His top 10 saves…

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Video- PTI Talks Tim Thomas

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Practice Day: Tampa’s St. Louis, Brewer and Moore Answer Questions

Transcript from today’s Q&A between the media and Tampa’s Martin St. Louis, Eric Brewer and Dominic Moore.

Q.  I know from a goal production standpoint you guys weren’t satisfied with just getting one, but do you feel like you generated enough shots and chances?
MARTIN ST. LOUIS:  Definitely, definitely enough chances to get a better outcome.  But we just didn’t—the good thing, it’s the first to four games, not the first to three.  So we come back tomorrow and play a good game and give ourselves a chance for seven.

Q.  Coach thinks it will take more shots.  Even though you outshot them, he said it’s going to take more.
MARTIN ST. LOUIS:  You can always have more.  I still think that, you know, we can maybe throw more pucks on the net.  But did we have enough scoring chances yesterday to get a different outcome?  Absolutely.

But tomorrow we’re going to have the same mindset of getting pucks in the net, crashing the net, and making their goaltender, giving him a hard game to play.

Q.  Roli has got some pretty good history in the elimination games.  Does that add more confidence?

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Practice Day Q&A with Tampa Coach Boucher

Q.  Who is going to start in goal for you tomorrow night?
COACH BOUCHER:  Roloson.

Q.  Can you give us your reasoning for that?
COACH BOUCHER:  Well, I mean, he was the guy that took us here, and that’s how I felt before last game; but like I said, I felt like it was time to give him a little breather.

And at the same time I felt that Smitty played really well.  So it’s a perfect situation to put Smitty in.  If something were to go wrong in the previous game, put a new goaltender in for a do-or-die, I don’t think it would have been a good moment for anybody.

So this is a perfect situation.  He’s going to be the only rested guy in the two teams.

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Why Smith Started

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And while it would be out of character for Boucher to publicly acknowledge any lack of confidence in any of his players, it was puzzling to hear him explain that Smith got the start in part because he likes to give everyone a chance.

“When people deserve things, whether they’re a fourth-line or a third-line or seventh or eighth D, when they deserve [it]—I’m one of those guys that I’ll give people a chance,” the coach said. “And I felt that Smitty had been terrific for us for a long, long time and he deserved to get a game.”

Fair enough. But this is not recess dodgeball where everyone gets a turn because, well, it’s dodgeball. This is the Stanley Cup playoffs with a Stanley Cup finals berth on the line. You start the players you think can get you to the finish line. This isn’t about being fair; it’s about trying to gain a competitive advantage.

Boucher, at least, did acknowledge the rest might be good for the 41-year-old Roloson.

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