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And then it comes down to game 7, as sport predictors and many of us did not expect. Prior to the series, I read several blogs and columns on how the Canucks should win the series in 4-0, or at most, 4-1. Apparently, it did not go that way.
Currently tied at 3-3, where both teams only won games played at home, the last game should be exceptionally interested. Would home court advantage give the Canucks the edge? Or, will Boston play the way they did on game 3, 4, and 6? All I can say is they both have a shot on this.
The last time Canada won the Stanley Cup was back in 1993, when Montreal Canadians defeated Los Angeles Kings 4-1. It was Montreal, who has won the most titles in the league, 23 times, followed by Toronto Maple Leafs with 13 titles respectively. Hockey, as we all can see, is a very important sport in Canada and seeing people lining up the street in Vancouver during this year’s final signals that they want this bad. Vancouver Canucks has never won a championship, though has been to a couple finals; losing to New York Islander in 1982 and New York Rangers in 1994. Boston Bruins, therefore, did it five times before. Nevertheless, it has been close to 40 years since Boston last hold the Stanley Cup, and for this reason being, they want it as much.
For the last six games, these two teams have won differently. The Canucks won in close games, all by just one point (1-0, 3-2, and 1-0), whereas the Bruins won by larger margin (8-1, 4-0, and 5-2). Even though Vancouver is seeded number one, statistically, it’s Boston that comes up a little better. Other than scoring more during the final series, Boston has fewer goals against per game, averaging at 2.21. Thanks to the incredible performance by Tim Thomas, Boston’s goalie, who has saving percentage of 93.7 % and saved 51 goals throughout the playoff season. Both teams have played significantly well, defensively and offensively. The last game, which will be played today at Rogers Stadium in Vancouver at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, will also come down to the team’s ability to hold it together. It’s the ultimate test of mental toughness.
Game seven is special, in every circumstance. This is the game that will decide who will walk off the court winners, and who will walk off the court losers. It’s the game both parties have worked hard for throughout the entire season. Happiness for one, disappointment for other, as they may say.
So, will Vancouver finally win their first Stanley Cup tonight, or will Boston get out of their 39 years drought? The question will be answered tonight. Until then, sit back, relax, and make sure there’s enough beer for everyone because we are in it for a long, exciting night.