The Vancouver Canucks can win the Stanley Cup in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC), but in order to push the Boston Bruins aside sooner rather than later, they'll have to do exactly that on the ice at TD Garden.
Of course, that hasn't been all that easy for the Canucks on the road in this series. They've been outscored 12-1 in Boston in the two games there so far, and it's evident that the Bruins get a big time boost from their home crowd. For just that reason, a lot of people are already declaring Game 7 a reality, saying that the Canucks have no chance to win a game in Boston. The Bruins might as well book their flight back to Vancouver.
But if Game 5 taught us anything, it's that the Canucks can put those woes behind them and put in a solid performance. When Roberto Luongo is questioned and the Bruins look like they're ready to coast to another win, the defense can step up and the Canucks can turn up some heat of their own. It's possible.
And that's the beauty of what we should see on Monday night in Game 6. It'll be the Bruins, pushing with help of their home crowd to keep their season and Stanley Cup hopes alive. For the Canucks, the motivation is even simpler: the Cup is in the building, and we want to take it home with us.
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