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Recchi leaves on top

Categories: Boston Bruins, Stanley Cup Final, VAN vs. BOS, Vancouver Canucks
Boston Bruins Mark Recchi hoists the cup following his teams 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 in Vancouver, Wednesday. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
Minutes after Mark Recchi lifted the Stanley Cup over his head for the third time in his career, the 43-year-old made what was expected to be a formality.

"It's the end for me," Recchi said. "This is the last time I get the chance. I'm going out on top. I couldn't be happier with this group of guys. Regardless of what happened tonight, this was going to be one of the best groups I ever played with. We're very fortunate to win. We're going to enjoy this. Read more »

Horton provides boost for Bruins

Categories: Boston Bruins, Stanley Cup Final, Vancouver Canucks
Bruins forward Nathan Horton provided an inspirational boost for his teammates on Monday night. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Associated Press)

Before the morning skate, Bruins forward Nathan Horton visited his teammates to wish them good luck. But it was what he did during the first period that lifted them and their fans even more.

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Vancouver Canucks goaltenders Cory Schneider, left, and Roberto Luongo watch the last minute of the third period of Game 6 in a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in Boston, Monday. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
BOSTON -- Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault has fibbed before.
He pulled the wool over our eyes when he remarked that he saw some positives with his power play in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final and that it was about to break out of its funk. He didn't tell truth when he declared goalie Roberto Luongo as his Game 6 starter in the first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks, only to push backup Cory Schneider into action.

But Vigneault was believable after his team's shoddy 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins that has forced a seventh and deciding game back in Vancouver on Wednesday. Read more »
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Aaron Rome (29) is escorted off the ice by linesman Pierre Racicot (65) as medical personnel tend to Boston Bruins right wing Nathan Horton (18) in the first period during Game 3 on June 6 in Boston. (Winslow Townson/Associated Press)
Suspended Vancouver Canucks defenceman Aaron Rome stated that he doesn't regret his decision to nail Nathan Horton, but he was repentant that Boston Bruins forward suffered a concussion.

Speaking for the first time since his late shoulder-to-head hit on Horton last Wednesday that resulted in a harsh four-game suspension - the longest in Stanley Cup Final history -  Rome also questioned the length of his suspension that will keep him out of the series. Read more »

Matchup advantage swings to Boston

Categories: Boston Bruins, Stanley Cup Final, VAN vs. BOS, Vancouver Canucks
Claude Julien has done a lot of juggling with his first line after Nathan Horton's injury. (Canadian Press)

The home team has won every game of the Stanley Cup Final so far, a trend the Bruins hope will continue on Monday at TD Garden.

In Game 5, Claude Julien had to change on the fly throughout the game to get the matchups he wanted.

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One mistake burns Bruins

Categories: Stanley Cup Final, VAN vs. BOS
Bruins defenceman Dennis Seidenberg, left, and goaltender Tim Thomas, right, look on after allowing Maxim Lapierre’s game-winning goal in Game 5 Friday night. (Harry How/Getty Images)

When Dennis Seidenberg pinched hard down the right-side wall in the third period, Milan Lucic rotated back to cover the defenceman's position at the right point.

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Canucks looking uncomfortable

Categories: Boston Bruins, Stanley Cup Final, VAN vs. BOS, Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) and defenceman Keith Ballard (4) watch from the bench late in the game against the Boston Bruins during Game 4 on Wednesday in Boston. (Winslow Townson/Associated Press)
Television cameras caught Mike Gillis during his team's beating in Game 4 tugging at his shirt collar as if to say the situation has become somewhat uncomfortable for the Vancouver Canucks general manager.

After narrow 1-0 and 3-2 wins by the Canucks at home, the Stanley Cup Final has been completely turned around in favour of the Boston Bruins with their 8-1 and 4-0 lopsided victories at TD Garden this week.

Where do the Presidents' Trophy winners go from here? Well, actually they should listen to their captain Henrik Sedin. If there is one thing the Canucks have proven in this playoff run it's what is momentum good for? Absolutely nothing. Read more »
Milan Lucic (1)7 of the Boston Bruins taunts Alex Burrows (14) of the Vancouver Canucks during Game 3 on Monday in Boston, Massachusetts. (Harry How/Getty Images)
The NHL wants to see an end to the finger-in-the-face shenanigans that have infiltrated the Stanley Cup Final.

NHL senior vice-president Mike Murphy scolded the two teams about the on-ice mischief and planned to further discuss the problem with Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis and his Boston Bruins counterpart Peter Chiarelli as well as opposing head coaches prior to Game 4 of the series that the Canucks lead 2-1. Read more »
Tim Thomas (30) of the Boston Bruins checks Henrik Sedin (33) of the Vancouver Canucks during Game 3 on Monday in Boston, Massachusetts. (Harry How/Getty Images)
Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final was a physical affair, downright malevolent.

There were 145 penalty minutes doled out by referees Dan O'Rourke and Stephen Walkom, 75 to the Bruins and 70 to the Canucks, who dropped an 8-1 decision at TD Centre.

Even Bruins all-world goalie Tim Thomas delivered a hit and was credited with the check on the scoresheet. He put a licking on Henrik Sedin when the Canucks captain skated towards Thomas' crease in the third period. Read more »

Bruins happy to be home

Categories: Boston Bruins, Stanley Cup Final, VAN vs. BOS, Vancouver Canucks
Nathan Horton (18) of the Boston Bruins celebrates his third period goal with fans in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final on May 27 in Boston. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
The Bruins are happy to be returning to TD Garden for Game 3 and 4, not only to be in front of their fans, but to take advantage of last change and faceoffs.

Before overtime, Claude Julien didn't know which line Alain Vigneault would start -- either his first line with Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Alex Burrows, or the second line of Chris Higgins, Ryan Kesler, and Mason Raymond. Read more »