You're going to hear this like 400 more times on Wednesday, but there's nothing like a Game 7, and that's exactly what we have tonight between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals. And while you'll listen to the cliches and probably start making fun of them before the day is over, there's a reason why they exist. It's all true.
Wednesday's Game 7 will without a doubt be the end of the NHL season, and if the series we've seen to date between the Bruins and Canucks is any indication, it should be an incredible contest. This has perhaps been the oddest Stanley Cup Finals series in recent memory, but there are a few constants so far.
For starters, the games at Rogers Arena have been some of the most entertaining hockey of the year. Roberto Luongo has been far from the sieve he's been across the continent in Boston, posting up a nearly unblemished record in three games. And Tim Thomas? Well, he's been Tim Thomas.
Really, if this game were in Boston, we wouldn't have the privilege of expecting great hockey. The Bruins have been far and away the dominant team at home, and that's what's made this series so strange. It's as if different teams are on the ice depending on what building the game is in. At Rogers Arena, though, the Canucks have confidence. Luongo has confidence. And that's exactly why they have a chance to win the Stanley Cup tonight.
We've learned in these Stanley Cup Finals that you can't underestimate the power of home ice, and the President's Trophy-winning Canucks fought all season long to earn the right to play the season's final game in Vancouver. They've earned a right to have a chance tonight in the biggest game any of them will ever play.
The Stanley Cup Finals are ongoing, as the Vancouver Canucks battle the Boston Bruins. Stick with this StoryStream for complete coverage of Game 6. For coverage on the Finals, stick with our Stanley Cup Finals hub, our Canucks blog, Nucks Misconduct, and our Bruins blog, Stanley Cup of Chowder.