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NEW YORK (June 14, 2011)—The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins will face off in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final Wednesday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver (8 p.m., ET, CBC, NBC, RDS), the pinnacle of a series and post-season typified by intense competition, unpredictability, late-game heroics and wild momentum shifts.
Wednesday’s showdown will mark the seventh Game 7 of the 2011 post-season, matching the total from 1994 as the most in playoff history. The home team has prevailed in five of the six previous games and five of the six were decided by one goal.
Regardless of the outcome, History Will Be Made for one club and its passionate following. The Canucks, celebrating their 40th anniversary in the NHL, are in quest of their first Stanley Cup. The Bruins are vying for their first championship in 39 years.
—Below is a pile of notes and stats about game 7s throughout NHL history, as well as the specific history of the Canucks and Bruins.—
CBC’s John F. Molinaro talks to former NHL official Dan Marouelli, a veteran of four Stanley Cup Finals.
CBCSports.ca: Will the NHL talk to the officials before the game tonight?
Marouelli: Absolutely. Terry Gregson [the NHL’s director of officiating] and Kris King [series supervisor] will sit down with them for sure. The big message Terry and Kris will send to them is that the precedent has been set. There’s been a lack of discipline. It was a very aggressive hockey game last time. I would be looking to have them set the tone early in this hockey game. But they will also tell them not to overreact, and therein lies the fine line. Gregson and King will inform both coaches and both GMs of the direction the officials will go if things start to go south tonight.
CBCSports.ca: How do officials tread that fine line?
Marouelli: You need to establish your presence early, and normally that’s through some form of verbal communication with the coaches or role players who are out on the ice. Any time when I was involved in games like this, I was quick to verbalize to the bench and to any players that needed to be cautioned, and then make sure you follow through quickly when something happens.
and much more on the Rome/Horton situation, and other officiating issues
Today’s transcripts of Q&As with Michael Ryder, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell and Andrew Ference.
Q. The suspension for Rome’s four games, does that surprise you? Do you think that’s just?
MICHAEL RYDER: Well, it was a League decision that came out just then. I guess we heard the same time you guys did. It’s their decision, and that’s it.
Q. Are you satisfied?
MICHAEL RYDER: Well, you know, Horty is a big part of our team. He’s been huge for us all season in the playoffs. We’re definitely going to miss him.
It’s not my call how many games Rome gets or whatever. The league just decided that four was it. Everybody is going to have to deal with that.
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Q. Mike, can you walk us through the hit, the way you viewed it when you slowed it down and watched it in real-time. Do you think it was blindside or not?
MIKE MURPHY: I probably viewed it like most of you did. I thought it was a late hit. I thought that the body was contacted. But I also thought that the head was hit.
It caused a serious injury to Nathan Horton. So the key components are: the late hit, which I had it close to a second late. We have our own formula at NHL Hockey Operations for determining late hits, and it was late. We saw the seriousness of the injury with Nathan on the ice last night.
That’s basically what we deliberated on. We tried to compare it with some of the other ones in the past. But it stands alone. It’s why we made the ruling.
Q. Can you share what your conversation with Aaron was like? Did he have an explanation for how he viewed it, what he was thinking?
From Arthus Bovino of The Daily Meal (via Yahoo! Sports):
Each player on a championship team gets 24 hours with the cup – though not without company. The cup is minded by a trustee, a tradition started by Lord Stanley in 1893 when he donated it (there have been nine trustees). According to the Hall of Fame and ABC.com, some misadventures include: being kicked into the Ottawa’s Rideau Canal, using it as a flower pot and christening vessel, and leaving it on the side of the road. It has been to the White House, Lenin’s tomb, and the Arctic Circle.
Food? Drink? According to Andrew Podnieks’ Lord Stanley’s Cup, it all started in 1896 when the Winnipeg Victorias drank Champagne out of it. What’s happened since? Applejacks, ice cream, pitepalt, beer, and more – consumed out of something players sleep, swim, shower, and hit strip clubs with. And that’s just what can be documented.
• Erik Cole: Applejacks
• Sean O’Donnell: Dog Food
• Montreal Wanderers: Gum
• Tomas Holmstrom: Swedish stuffed potato dumplings
Vancouver Sun columnist Pete McMartin was asked by the Seattle Times to explain hockey to their readership. A sample:
Q: Pete, there’s that old saw, “I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.” It seems like it is a very violent sport. Really, what’s the difference between common assault and a hockey brawl?
A: Crime doesn’t pay.
Q: Pete, we’ve heard a lot about identical twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin, the Canucks stars so similar in appearance, their coaches have trouble telling them apart. How can we? Do they have any identifying physical differences?
A: I suspect they do, but I haven’t interviewed them post-shower.
Q: Pete, being Americans, we are particularly interested in American hockey players. What can you tell us about Ryan Kesler, who is from Livonia, Mich.? Does he like playing for the Canucks? Can he speak Canadian yet?
A: Kesler has become a true star in the National Hockey League and known for his gritty two-way play. In a recent game, he returned to the ice only minutes after insisting a bloody gash above his eye be stitched without anesthetic, causing a fainting spell. (I recovered minutes later.) He is also known for his refreshing frankness, and while playing for the U.S. Olympic hockey team during the 2010 Vancouver Games, said of the players on the Canadian squad: “I hate them.” Being Canadian, we apologized for antagonizing him.
continued… (via Calgary Herald)
Q. Everyone is talking about creating more traffic in front of Luongo there. You seem to present the size. How much more help do you need of guys getting in his face?
ZDENO CHARA: I think it’s got to be a commitment from everybody, be willing to do that job, not just on power-plays. Obviously, five-on-five, whatever situation that is.
Q. Z, can you talk about on the power-play screening the goaltender, talk about the specific skills besides blocking the view of the goalie?
ZDENO CHARA: I think it’s a combination of being aware of where the puck is, obviously you have to be in the right position. Really, it’s just basically having the right instinct, where your feel the puck’s going to be, kind of predict a little bit, too.
Q. Patrice, can you talk about the third period, Vancouver talked about being able to establish their speed. From your end, talk about the neutral zone, cleaning up that area.
PATRICE BERGERON: Yeah, I think you’re right. The neutral zone, we weren’t getting pucks deep. That’s what was giving them I guess the speed that they want, the counterattack that they wanted.
We’re going to make a better job, especially in the neutral zone, at putting pucks deep and having a better forecheck.
DENNIS SEIDENBERG: I think it’s the same thing. If we don’t go through the neutral zone clean and get behind our Ds, they’ll pick it up on the blueline and counterattack quick. It’s tough for us to get a gap at Ds. If you don’t get a gap at D’s, they get more room and space and speed. That causes a lot of trouble and chances for them.
Q. Patrice, I know it’s rather an obvious question. How important is it for you guys to get out of here with a split tomorrow night?
PATRICE BERGERON: Yeah, obviously we want to get back in this series. It’s very important. We’ll approach the next game always as the most important one. Now it’s about Game 2. It’s the biggest game right now of the series. It’s always like that.
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