The Canucks sit one win away from their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Now all they have to do is figure out a way to win in Boston and the silverware will return to Canada for the first time since 1993. The problem is, the Canucks have been terrible away from home so far in the Stanley Cup Final. So, which Canucks team will emerge once the puck drops at TD Garden in Boston tonight for Game 6? The Canucks have been dynamite at home, playing tight, defensive hockey and winning all three games by one-goal margins. The problem, however, is that the Bruins have had their way with them on home ice, outscoring the Canucks 12-1 in Games 3 and 4. So, with the home team unbeaten so far in the final, will the Canucks be able to put up a fight in Beantown? The Canucks are hoping they’ll be able to rebound and exorcise the demons of Games 3 and 4. They’ll try to look back to the killer instinct that allowed them to bury San Jose and Nashville with games to spare and do their best to get the job done in six. Otherwise, they will allow Boston back into this series for a one-game playoff on Wednesday in Vancouver. Consider this: the Canucks are 3-4 in potential series-winning games so far in these playoffs and have been outscored 24-15 in those games. The Canucks are 5-5 on the road so far, including the three road wins they garnered in Nashville. The Bruins, meanwhile, are 2-2 in Games 6 and 7 in the post-season, with an even score line of 10-10 in those four games. They have not won a Game 6 yet in the playoffs, though both were played on the road. The Bruins are 9-3 at home in the playoffs, including dropping their first two games of the playoffs at home to the Canadiens. So, can this Canucks team finally close out a series on its first opportunity? Or, will they be forced to go the distance and hope they can grind out a series victory in Game 7 like they did in Chicago in the first round? Both teams have played a vastly different game at home than they have on the road. With the Cup on the line, which Vancouver team will show up? The answer comes to you 8 p.m. tonight.
Until the next puck drops,
Posted on June 13, 2011, in N.H.L. and tagged Boston, Boston Bruins, Canada, Hockey, Hockey Night in Canada, NHL, NHL Playoffs, Sports, Stanley Cup, Stanley Cup Playoffs, TD Garden, TSN, Vancouver, Vancouver Canucks. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.