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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 »

Game 7 Recchi's swan song?

Categories: Boston Bruins, VAN vs. BOS, Vancouver Canucks
Game 7 may be Mark Recchi's last in the NHL. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Even if the Boston Bruins lose on Wednesday night, Mark Recchi is expected to retire.

"I had a glass of wine with him yesterday and probably one of the last glasses before the game ever," Shawn Thornton said. "Everyone appreciates Rex and everything he's done for us here. Read more »

Canucks can erase 40 years of heartbreak

Categories: Boston Bruins, VAN vs. BOS, Vancouver Canucks
Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, centre, and defenceman Kevin Bieksa, right, hope to end up in the middle of another celebration on the ice at Roger Arena. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Will Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday wipe out the frustration of the past 40 seasons in Vancouver Canucks history? Will there be a victory to supplant the disappointments against the Chicago Blackhawks in the last two years, the 1994 Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers, the way the referees conspired against the late head coach Roger Neilson and the Canucks in the 1982 final?
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Injured Horton making the trip

Categories: Boston Bruins, VAN vs. BOS, Vancouver Canucks
Boston's Nathan Horton is out of the playoffs because of a severe concussion suffered in Game 3 of the Cup final. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Associated Press)
Nathan Horton will not play in Game 7, courtesy of the concussion delivered by Vancouver's Aaron Rome in Game 3. But Horton was feeling well enough to travel with his teammates to Vancouver prior to the series-clinching game. Horton will be in attendance at Rogers Arena.

"I was very happy to see him, and I'm very happy to have him around," Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said. "I just spent some time talking to him in the locker room. He's a positive guy. His joy for the game and life is kind of like a little kid. That's a great thing. I personally feed off that. So I was happy to see him today. Read more »

Canucks hoping for breakthrough

Categories: Boston Bruins, VAN vs. BOS, Vancouver Canucks
Ryan Kesler has only one point in the final heading into Game 7. (Harry How/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER -- The highest-scoring team with the most efficient power play from the regular season will enter Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final with just eight goals and a 2-for-31 power play in the series.

So what has gone wrong for the Vancouver Canucks? Has it been solely Boston's magnificent goalie Tim Thomas, the leading candidate to win the Conn Smythe award, or have there been other factors involved? 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 »

Canucks all business for Game 6

Categories: Boston Bruins, VAN vs. BOS, Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, front, says his team will be much better in Boston this time around. (Harry How/Getty Images)

BOSTON - The Vancouver Canucks hope to become the fourth consecutive team to win the Stanley Cup away from home on Monday (CBC,, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET).

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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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