BOSTON, MA - JUNE 13: Michael Ryder #73 of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring the 4th goal in the first period against Cory Schneider #35 of the Vancouver Canucks during Game Six of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 13, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Stanley Cup Finals: Boston Bruins Crush Vancouver Canucks, Force Game 7

It's safe to say that the Vancouver Canucks have zero confidence at TD Garden. The Boston Bruins opened up the flood gates early and often in Game 6, and we'll be heading West for a Game 7 Wednesday.

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Bruins Vs. Canucks, Game 6 Ratings: NBC Draws 3.9 Overnight As Boston Forces Game 7

NBC continues to have success with their Stanley Cup Finals coverage, even though they likely would have preferred a closer contest between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks in Monday night's Game 6. The overnight ratings are in and, according to our Steve Lepore, the network drew a 3.9 overnight rating on the evening.

In comparing those numbers to previous Game 6's, it's well down from 2010's Game 6 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers -- that game drew a 5.8 rating. Keep in mind the incredible hockey game that was, however.

The Blackhawks had a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup, and even held the lead late in the third period before Scott Hartnell tied the score to send it to overtime. In OT, Patrick Kane ended decades of frustration with an overtime goal that clinched the Cup for Chicago.

That's the kind of drama that keeps people glued to their televisions. Meanwhile, in Boston on Monday night, the Bruins scored four goals in the blink of an eye in the first period, and surely after that point many people turned the channel. Game 6 was over long before the second period even began. 

According to Lepore, the 3.9 rating is even with Game 6 of the Detroit Red Wings-Pittsburgh Penguins series back in 2009, and it's up 44 percent from Game 6 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals between the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes, the last time a Canadian team was featured in the series. 

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.

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Vancouver Canucks Disappoint In Game 6, But Signs Still Point To Them Hoisting The Stanley Cup

The Vancouver Canucks have been slaughtered on the road, and hit-and-miss at home. All of that is in the past; if they play one complete game to their full potential, it's a virtual lock they'll win the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in Game 7.

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Bruins Vs. Canucks: Roberto Luongo Will Start Game 7 Despite Terrible Game 6

Roberto Luongo will start Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night, despite getting shelled yet again in Game 6. In the aftermath of the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 loss on Monday night, head coach Alain Vigneault gave perhaps one of the most dull press conferences in the history of press conferences, sharing almost nothing of note.

The one thing he did do, however, was stop any goalie controversy from starting.

"I haven't talked to [Luongo]," Vigneault said. "He knows he's going back in next game. He's going to be real good. I don't have to say anything to him. He's a professional. His preparation is beyond reproach and he's going to be ready for Game 7."

That preparation will likely include a long wall along the sea wall in Vancouver, which he's done most days before playoff games. Apparently, there's no sea wall in Boston, because Luongo has been horrible at TD Garden. It's really quite amazing, actually. 

Comparing save percentages, Luongo has an unbelievable .979 save percentage at Rogers Arena in the Stanley Cup Finals. At TD Garden? If you're a Canucks fan, look away: a .773 save percentage in three games. Ouch. Luckily for him, Game 7 is on home ice.

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.

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Boston Bruins Do It For Nathan Horton, Force Game 7 Against Vancouver Canucks

In a must-win Game 6 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, the Boston Bruins sent a message to the Vancouver Canucks in a 5-2 win to force Game 7. And it was clear what inspired such a performance: injured star Nathan Horton.

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VIDEO: Brad Marchand Punches Daniel Sedin, Avoids Retaliation In Canucks-Bruins Game 6

There's no hiding the Vancouver Canucks reputation as a soft team, and there's no hiding the Boston Bruins reputation as an in your face team that doesn't relent. In these 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, it's considered a huge difference in style and it's considered the exact reason the Bruins have been so successful on home ice. 

Is each reputation a fair assessment? The Canucks were 20th in the NHL in hits this past season and the Bruins were 21st, but that's a pretty subjective stat. For example, the New York Rangers led the league in total hits, but had nearly 3,000 more on home ice than on the road. Madison Square Garden scorers are notoriously shaky when it comes to that kind of thing.

In other words, it's hard to quantify how tough a team is, but when you see situations like the one that developed between Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins and Daniel Sedin of the Canucks on Monday night in Game 6, it's easy to understand where the reputation comes from. 

Let's go to the shaky video.

The best part? The guy's DVR totally says "Comedy Festival" at the start of this clip. I'm sure a whole lot of people would agree -- what a joke. Hit somebody back, Daniel. 

When asked why he was hitting Sedin, Marchand had a pretty straight-forward answer. "I felt like it." 

Did Sedin say something that got under his skin? "No, he didn't say anything. He was just right there. He was just kind of taking it."

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.

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Bruins Vs. Canucks Final Score, Game 6: Boston Chases Roberto Luongo, Forces Game 7

No team has ever won three Game 7's in one NHL playoff year, but if the Boston Bruins win Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night, that's exactly what they'll do. Oh, yeah. By the way, we have a Game 7, as the Bruins went on to a huge 5-2 win in Game 6. 

The Bruins came out and scored at will in the first 10 minutes of the first period of Monday's Game 6, running the score up to 4-0 before the Vancouver Canucks could even blink. After the third goal, Roberto Luongo was yanked and the jokes began. And really, they're all deserved.

You can make an argument that the team in front of him was the reason he played so poorly in the first two games at TD Garden in the series, but on Monday night in Game 6, it was all Luongo. He was simply not good, and all three goals he allowed were weak. The team in front of him actually came out of the gate well, but when you allow goals like the ones Luongo did in the first period, it's completely deflating. That's what the Canucks dealt with in Game 6.

If you're Boston, it's easy to feel happy about your evening. You kept your season alive and you did it in convincing fashion, and you still have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. For the Canucks, it's obviously a little harder. Vancouver knows how they've had success at home and know they can win there, and most importantly, Luongo has been fantastic on his home ice. 

And hey, EA Sports predicted the exact outcome to date, with Vancouver winning Game 7... so, hey. Either way, it's going to be a hell of a hockey game at Rogers Arena on Wednesday night. We can be assured of that.

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.

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Bruins Vs. Canucks Score, Game 6: David Krejci Grabs Power Play Goal, All But Solidifies Game 7

The Vancouver Canucks had something going. 22 seconds into the third period of Game 6, Henrik Sedin cut the Boston Bruins lead to 4-1. It was early in the period, the Bruins were back on their heels and the Canucks had nothing to lose. Just two minutes after Sedin's goal, a Canucks shot rang off the post.

Energy, up. TD Garden crowd, down. We're not saying an unbelievable comeback was on it's way, but with the way the two teams looked at that point, it was at least in the cards. And then, before you could even blink, Raffi Torres tripped somebody up and went to the box. Then, Andrew Alberts cross-checked somebody. 

On the 5-on-3 power play, Cory Schneider could only do so much. He made one or two incredible saves, but a cross-crease pass from Mark Recchi to David Krejci was just too much. The Bruins have a 5-1 lead and any hopes that a rally could happen have gone out the window. See you Wednesday, Vancouver.

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.

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Bruins Vs. Canucks, Game 6 Update: Henrik Sedin Scores As Vancouver Controls Pace In Third

The Boston Bruins have been fantastic all Stanley Cup Finals at clearing the porch in front of their goaltender, Tim Thomas. They've done a great job at suffocating the Vancouver Canucks forwards in the slot and keeping them from getting quality opportunities from that part of the ice.

As it turns out, they were a little over anxious in front of their own goal early in the second period and it cost them. Dennis Seidenberg fell on Tim Thomas and Henrik Sedin was easily able to lift the puck over the Bruins goaltender and into the back of the net to cut the score to 4-1. 

A few minutes into the third period, the Canucks are suddenly controlling play. They hit a post on a play that had to be reviewed, just three minutes after the Sedin goal, too. If Boston doesn't get off their heels, the Canucks could at least make this thing interesting.

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.

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Bruins Vs. Canucks, Game 6 Score: Boston Still Up, Moving Closer To Forcing Game 7

Ironically, the Vancouver Canucks played their best road period of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in the second period of Game 6, rivaled only potentially by the first period of Game 3 at TD Garden. Of course, that's not saying much considering the way the Boston Bruins have crushed the Canucks so far in Games 3, 4 and 6, but it's at least a little bit of a consolation if you're Vancouver.

That's not to say the Bruins are letting off the gas pedal. They're getting quality scoring chances, they're faster than the Canucks still and they're hitting everything that moves, making Vancouver look like a tentative bunch of deer in headlights. But the Canucks are starting to find their legs a little bit in front of Cory Schneider, and that's at least a glimmer.

It's probably too little, too late for Game 6. The idea of Tim Thomas giving up four goals in 20 minutes is just absurd, but as we prepare for what looks to be a Game 7 in Vancouver on Wednesday night, the simple idea that the Canucks can push back against the Bruins could go a long way when it comes to the mental aspect. 

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.

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VIDEO: Mason Raymond Injury Suffered On Awkward Hit In Canucks-Bruins Game 6

Mason Raymond has left TD Garden and is at a Boston hospital after taking an awkward hit into the boards just a handful of seconds into Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Vancouver Canucks forward was tied up by Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk as they chased the puck in the corner.

Tangled with each other, the two went into the corner and Boychuk turned Raymond back-first towards the boards. In an awkward, bent position, Raymond's back side hit the boards and he fell immediately to the ice. He stayed down for a while and eventually needed help to get to the bench. It didn't look good, but don't take out word for it. 

Here's the video.

The Canucks are calling it an undisclosed injury, but they did confirm that he's off to the hospital. The injury seemed to shake Vancouver a little bit, as they lost a player before they could even have a chance to settle in on the bench for Game 6. Then again, everything about the first period looked shaky for the Canucks. 

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Bruins Vs. Canucks, Game 6 Update: Roberto Luongo Pulled, Vancouver Still Bleeding; 4-0 Score In First Period

At Rogers Arena, Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks has been a Conn Smythe Trophy candidate in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. He's been simply brilliant, outplaying Tim Thomas while getting solid contributions from his defenseman, too. On the road at TD Garden, he's been horrible.

In fact, he's now been pulled twice in the Finals against the Boston Bruins, just as many times as Michael Leighton was pulled by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 Finals. For all the talk about Philly's goaltending, well, you understand where things stand with Luongo right now.

After early goals from Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi beat Luongo, Andrew Ference beat the Canucks goaltender on the power play, and not even ten minutes into the first period, Luongo's night was over. 

Of course, there's still blood seeping out of the Canucks. On the first shot against backup goaltender Cory Schneider, a Boston native, Michael Ryder beat him to make the score 4-0. There's still a whole lot of time left in the game (50 minutes, in fact), but we're already getting ready for Game 7. Just absolute domination from the Bruins. Even Doc Emrick is getting in on the fun, saying "if you weren't here on time tonight, make sure you're here early next time."

It's incredible what a change in rink will do for a team, huh? And that goes in both directions -- the energy it gives the Bruins and the confidence it rips away from the Canucks. 

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.

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Bruins Vs. Canucks Score, Game 6: Bruins Lead 2-0 After Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic Goals

The Boston Bruins are already well in control of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, thanks to goals by Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic, both of which Roberto Luongo could have done more to keep out of the net. He has to be on a short leash now, and Vancouver Canucks backup Cory Schneider is on the bench, looking like he's itching to get into the game. If things continue on this way, he might get a chance, as the Bruins lead by a score of 2-0 in the first period.

Marchand scored the first goal on a break up the ice, shooting a wrist shot into the roof of the net from the right circle, beating Luongo easily at his glove side. The second goal came just a couple of minutes later, as the Bruins caught the Canucks in a bad change. Still, Luongo had a very good chance to stop Lucic's shot, but he let the Bruins forward beat him five-hole with a shot that wasn't exactly a ripper. Luongo looks like the goalie from Game 3 and Game 4 of the series, not Game 5.

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.

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Bruins Vs. Canucks, Game 6: Mason Raymond Injury Follows Johnny Boychuk Hit Early In First Period

It's not even 30 seconds into Game 6 and the Vancouver Canucks are already down a man. Mason Raymond took an awkward hit in the corner while jockeying for a puck with Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

Boychuk wrapped up his skates, spun Raymond around and decked him into the boards. His back side hit the boards hard and there was no forgiveness from the wall, which didn't even budge. He went down immediately in a heap and stayed down for quite some time before getting helped to the locker room.

Video of the injury can be seen here.

It certainly didn't look good, and the scene wasn't helped by the embarrassing chants by Bruins fans at TD Garden. It was a "Let's go Bruins" chant that was loudest as Raymond was helped off the ice, but there was something else inaudible while the Canuck was still down. We'll just say it sounded derisive. Kinda weak. 

Raymond is out and the Canucks are down to 11 forwards. We'll see what kind of impact it has on the rest of the game. 

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Bruins Vs. Canucks, Game 6: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The 2011 Stanley Cup Finals continue on Monday night, as the Boston Bruins host the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 of the series. It could very well be the final game of the NHL year, as the Canucks will win their first championship in team history should they come out on top.

You need information about where to watch this game, when to watch this game, where it's being played and where you can find more coverage of that game. We have that information. Here it is. 

Vancouver Canucks at Boston Bruins -- Game 6, Stanley Cup Finals

Location: TD Garden, Boston, Mass.
Time: 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT.
Television: NBC in the United States, CBC in Canada, RDS in Canada (French language). 

Starting Goaltenders: Tim Thomas goes for the Bruins, Roberto Luongo for the Canucks.

SB Nation has you covered from every angle of Monday's Game 6 and the entire Stanley Cup Finals. You can keep up with this StoryStream throughout the night for everything on the game, and our Stanley Cup Finals hub for coverage throughout the series. 

For local coverage from the Boston Bruins perspective, you can get full coverage from our blog, Stanley Cup of Chowder, and our regional hub at SB Nation Boston

For local coverage from the Vancouver Canucks perspective, you can get full coverage from our blog, Nucks Misconduct

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Bruins Vs. Canucks, Game 6: Ryan Kesler Will Play For Vancouver

Ryan Kesler hit the ice on Monday morning at Boston's TD Garden, joining his Vancouver Canucks teammates ahead of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, on the day his team could bring his city their first Stanley Cup ever.  Kesler was absent from the skate on Sunday morning, fueling rumors that he might be out for Monday's Game 6.

But that's not the case, and Kesler will be just fine for Vancouver. He's played poorly in the series and it's quite possible that he's suffering from some kind of injury. That's really the only way to explain his invisibility, although Henrik and Daniel Sedin have also been equally as hidden. 

There was a point in these playoffs where Kesler was in the Conn Smythe Trophy hunt, but that's quickly evaporated during the Finals. He has a single assist and no goals in the series, and that assist came all the way back in Game 1, when his play led to the game-winning goal in the final minute of play. 

Kesler will be in the lineup for Game 6, but if the Canucks win and the season ends tonight, we may very well hear that he played with some sort of ailment. 

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Bruins Vs. Canucks, Game 6: Boston Needs To Get Back To Hard-Hitting Style

The Boston Bruins were successful in Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks for several reasons, but chief among them was that they forced Vancouver into playing their style of hockey. The series really got nasty once it shifted back to Boston, and obviously Aaron Rome's hit on Nathan Horton had a lot to do with that.

But for the most part, it was the Bruins who began dictating play, finishing their checks, and eliminating the time and space in which the Canucks had to operate. When that happens, the Bruins are a better team. They're able to dictate the way the game is played, and it seriously screws with Vancouver's ability to do anything. 

And that's just the problem for Boston. In Game 5, the Canucks were the ones doing the hitting. They were the ones dictating the way the game was played, and they largely did it by giving Boston a taste of their own medicine. If you're a Bruin, that has to bother you a little bit. Maybe it was the Rogers Arena crowd and the emotion of two big losses that got Vancouver going, but this is likely the battle that could determine the winner of Game 6 and the Stanley Cup. 

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Bruins Vs. Canucks, Game 6: If Vancouver Wins, Is Tim Thomas Still Conn Smythe Favorite?

Tim Thomas has been rather insane in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. The Boston Bruins goaltender has put his team in a position to win every single game in the series, allowing only six goals in five games so far in the series.

In a word, he's been incredible, and as a result, it seems as though he's going to be the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP regardless of whether or not he becomes a Stanley Cup champion. But is he truly the Most Valuable Player in the series, let alone the postseason?

Think of it this way: Thomas was fantastic in Games 1, 2 and 5, but the Bruins still didn't show up enough to earn victories. He was good enough to let his team win, but ultimately in those games, he was out-dueled by Roberto Luongo. In the two games the Bruins have won so far in the series, Thomas wasn't the difference either. They were blowout wins. 

And then when you take into consideration Thomas' poor play in the Eastern Conference Finals, in which he allowed 21 goals in seven games, it becomes harder to think that he's the best player in this postseason.

Of course, on the flip side it's tough to make an argument for any other player. Luongo allowed eight goals in a game and has been pulled twice in the postseason, the Sedin's have been invisible in the Finals and Zdeno Chara has been good, but not great.

It's hard to pick one guy out of the crowd as a dominant force in these Finals and these playoffs, but it's likely going to be the goalie with the acrobatic, jaw-dropping stuff that wins the Conn Smythe Trophy regardless of whether or not he's truly the Most Valuable Player in the 2011 NHL postseason.

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.

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Bruins Vs. Canucks, Game 6: Vancouver Tries To Conquer TD Garden, Win Stanley Cup

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. 

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.

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