It all comes down to tonight. Can the Bruins break through in Vancouver and bring the Stanley Cup home to Boston for the first time since 1972?
We’ll find out tonight as the Bruins and Canucks face off in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. (NBC, 8:00pm ET)
Time for grand finale – Steve Conroy has the Bruins with one shot at glory tonight. Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins practicing in Vancouver last night rather than resting, knowing they’ll have all summer to rest after tonight. Joe McDonald says that it could be another banner season for Boston. Amanda Bruno says that the Bruins need some TD magic to follow them West. Rich Garven says that winning the Cup is this Bruins team’s destiny. Former Bruin Bob Sweeney says that this is the Bruins’ time.
Thomas, Chara must play their best tonight – Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins need their best two players at the top of their games tonight. Joe Haggerty says that Thomas and Chara have their legacies on the line tonight. Stephen Harris says that a “a big B’s effort — is far more probable than another lucky bounce for the Canucks.” Jackie MacMullan says that the Bruins must embrace the game seven pressure.
Pressure on LeBrongo – Gerry Callahan says that something is not right with Roberto Luongo. James Murphy has a piece on Brad Marchand, the agitator that gets the Bruins going – as long as he doesn’t go too far. Jesse Connolly has Mark Recchi one win away from ending his career on top.
Horton set up to provide inspiration – The Globe notebook has Nathan Horton making the trip West with his teammates. The Herald notebook from Stephen Harris has Thomas talking about the character of his teammates. The CSNNE notes from Joe Haggerty have more on Horton making the trip.
I’ll be interested to see the local ratings for this game. Monday night’s game six on NBC drew a 33.3/48 share in Boston. Last year’s Celtics/Lakers game seven drew a 33.9 in Boston for ABC. I think it is a safe bet that tonight’s game will eclipse that. Some Patriots records may be approached, the regular season finale in 2007 against the Giants drew a 50.1, but that game was also shown on multiple outlets. For the Giants/Pats Superbowl on FOX a little over a month later, Boston averaged 55.6% of households – and 81% of households watching TV at the time.
Any predictions for the rating tonight?
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