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One of the greatest sporting events of the year will take place on Wednesday.
The seventh game of the Stanley Cup Final.
On Monday night, Mark Recchi recorded three assists as the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 to force a seventh and deciding game.
It will be the first time since May 31, 1987 that a seventh and deciding game is played on Canadian soil. That year, in the greatest hockey game in the National Hockey League that was ever played, Jari Kurri scored the game winning goal for the Edmonton Oilers as they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 3-1.
In game six Monday, the Bruins scored four times in 4:14. Canucks’ goaltender Roberto Luongo, who was pulled after the Bruins made it 3-0, gave up two very soft goals, one to Brad Marchand and the other to Milan Lucic. In the process he gave yup three goals on eight shots.
There were also some other interesting storylines in game six. Prior to the game, Bruins’ forward Shawn Thornton took a slapshot on Luongo from center ice. I’m not sure if it rattled Luongo at all, but CBC’s Don Cherry made an excellent point in the first intermission that Canucks went after Thornton whatsoever.