It’s all down to one winner-take-all game in the Stanley Cup final. Here’s a look at five things the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins need to do to win the Stanley Cup:
1. Score the first goal. An early goal could quiet the home fans and plant a seed of doubt in Vancouver’s mind.
2. Keep goalie Roberto Luongo busy. No matter how well he’s played at home, his confidence can’t be high after being yanked after three goals on eight shots in Game 6.
3. Roll four lines and three defence pairs. Don’t have Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg dragging with fatigue in the third period, as has been the case previously in Vancouver.
4. Be aggressive. Why not? Even if they take some penalties, Vancouver’s once-mighty power play is 2-for-31 in the series and is not playing with much confidence.
5. Watch out for that bank shot off the end boards. It seems to be the only plan Vancouver has to take advantage of how far out of the net Tim Thomas plays.
1. Get the power play going. It was dynamite all season and through the first three rounds of playoffs. A couple of power-play goals will keep the Bruins on best behaviour.
2. Take advantage of Thomas leaving the crease. He played great against Tampa Bay and Montreal too, but they both scored more goals and found more creative ways to make life difficult for him.
3. Keep the pace high. The Canucks should win a fast-paced, puck-moving game over the slower Bruins every time.
4. Jump on the Bruins early and keep the building as loud as possible.
5. Stick to hockey. There’s been way too much silly diving and antics on the ice and ill-advised comments off the ice. That’s where leaders come in. Kesler, maybe? Bieksa? Somebody.