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Stanley Cup Champion to be decided Wednesday

NEW YORK -- The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins will face off in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final Wednesday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver (8 p.m., ET, CBC, NBC, RDS), the pinnacle of a series and post-season typified by intense competition, unpredictability, late-game heroics and wild momentum shifts.

Wednesday's showdown will mark the seventh Game 7 of the 2011 post-season, matching the total from 1994 as the most in playoff history. The home team has prevailed in five of the six previous games and five of the six were decided by one goal.

Regardless of the outcome, History Will Be Made for one club and its passionate following. The Canucks, celebrating their 40th anniversary in the NHL, are in quest of their first Stanley Cup. The Bruins are vying for their first championship in 39 years.

The Bruins will tie a playoff record by playing their third Game 7 of this post-season, having eliminated the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning on home ice in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and Final, respectively, and have a chance to become the first club in League history to win three Game 7s in one year. The 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs and 2002 Colorado Avalanche, the only previous clubs to appear in three, won their first two appearances and were eliminated in Game 7 of the Conference Finals.

The Canucks will be making their second Game 7 appearance in 2011, having dethroned the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks with a 2-1 overtime victory in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on a goal by Alex Burrows at 5:22.

The Canucks and Bruins will contest the 16th Game 7 in a Stanley Cup Final. The home team has posted a 12-3 record in the 15 previous games. The Canucks have made one appearance, dropping a 3-2 decision to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in 1994. The Bruins have never contested a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final.

Four Boston players have appeared in at least seven career Game 7s, led by 43-year-old right wing Mark Recchi, who is set to participate in his 11th career game -- the most among active NHL players. Recchi's appearance Wednesday will make him one of nine players with at least 11 career Game 7s, joining Patrick Roy and Scott Stevens (13); Glenn Anderson, Ken Daneyko and Stephane Yelle (12); and Dave Andreychuk, Doug Gilmour and Al MacInnis (11).

Forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin have played in a team-leading five Game 7s for the Canucks.

Career Game 7 Player and Goaltender Statistics: Vancouver and Boston

Vancouver GP W-L G A Pts.
Andrew Alberts 1 1-0 0 0 0
Keith Ballard 1 1-0 0 0 0
Kevin Bieksa 2 2-0 0 0 0
Alex Burrows 2 2-0 2 0 2
Alexander Edler 1 1-0 0 0 0
Christian Ehrhoff 2 2-0 0 2 2
Tanner Glass 1 1-0 0 0 0
Dan Hamhuis 1 1-0 0 0 0
Jannik Hansen 2 2-0 0 0 0
Chris Higgins 2 2-0 0 0 0
Ryan Kesler 1 1-0 0 1 1
Max Lapierre 4 4-0 0 1 1
Victor Oreskovich 1 1-0 0 0 0
Mason Raymond 1 1-0 0 1 1
Sami Salo 4 2-2 0 1 1
Mikael Samuelsson 3 2-1 1 0 1
Daniel Sedin 5 3-2 0 2 2
Henrik Sedin 5 3-2 2 2 4
Raffi Torres 2 1-1 0 1 1
Vancouver Goaltenders GP Mins W-L GAA SO Sv%
Roberto Luongo 2 125 2-0 0.96 0 0.962
Roberto Luongo

Date Score Dec. Shots
4/26/2011 CHI 1 at VAN 2 (OT) Win 32
4/23/07 DAL 1 at VAN 4 Win 20
Vancouver Head Coach
Alain Vigneault (2-0)
Date Score Dec.
4/26/2011 CHI 1 at VAN 2 (OT) Win
4/23/2007 DAL 1 at VAN 4 Win
Boston

GP W-L G A Pts.
Patrice Bergeron 5 2-3 0 1 1
Johnny Boychuk 3 2-1 1 1 2
Gregory Campbell 2 2-0 0 0 0
Zdeno Chara 7 2-5 0 2 2
Andrew Ference 8 4-4 1 3 4
Shane Hnidy 3 0-3 0 0 0
Nathan Horton 2 2-0 2 0 2
Tomas Kaberle 7 5-2 0 2 2
Chris Kelly 2 2-0 1 0 1
David Krejci 4 2-2 0 2 2
Milan Lucic 5 2-3 3 1 4
Brad Marchand 2 2-0 0 1 1
Adam McQuaid 2 2-0 0 1 1
Daniel Paille 3 2-1 0 0 0
Rich Peverley 2 2-0 0 1 1
Mark Recchi 10 6-4 3 4 7
Michael Ryder 5 3-2 1 1 2
Tyler Seguin 1 1-0 0 0 0
Dennis Seidenberg 5 4-1 0 3 3
Shawn Thornton 4 1-3 0 0 0
Boston Goaltenders GP Mins W-L GAA SO Sv%
Tim Thomas

4 264 2-2 2.50 1 0.917
Tuukka Rask

1 59 0-1 4.08 0 0.852
Tim Thomas

Date Score Dec. Shots
5/27/2011 T.B. 0 at BOS 1 Win 24
4/27/2011 MTL 3 at BOS 4 (OT) Win 37
5/14/2009 CAR 3 at BOS 2 (OT) Loss 37
4/21/2008 BOS 0 at MTL 5 Loss 35
Tuukka Rask

Date Score Dec. Shots
5/14/2010 PHI 4 at BOS 3 Loss 27
Boston Head Coach
Claude Julien (3-3)
Date Score Dec.
5/27/2011 T.B. 0 at BOS 1 Win
4/27/2011 MTL 3 at BOS 4 (OT) Win
5/14/2010 PHI 4 at BOS 3 Loss
5/14/2009 CAR 3 at BOS 2 (OT) Loss
4/21/2008 BOS 0 at MTL 5 Loss
4/19/2004 MTL 2 at BOS 0 Win

VANCOUVER, BOSTON RECORDS IN GAME 7

Vancouver Canucks (6-4)

4/26/11, Western Conference QF vs. Chicago (CHI 1 at VAN 2, OT)

4/24/07, Western Conference QF vs. Dallas (DAL 1 at VAN 4)

4/19/04, Western Conference QF vs. Calgary (CGY 3 at VAN 2, OT)

5/8/03, Western Conference SF vs. Minnesota (MIN 4 at VAN 2)

4/22/03, Western Conference QF vs. St. Louis (STL 1 at VAN 4)

5/19/95, Western Conference QF vs. St. Louis (VAN 5 at STL 3)

6/14/94, Stanley Cup Final vs. NY Rangers (VAN 2 at NYR 3)

4/30/94, Western Conference QF vs. Calgary (VAN 4 at CGY 3, 2OT)

4/30/92, Smythe Division SF vs. Winnipeg (WPG 0 at VAN 5)

4/15/89, Smythe Division SF vs. Calgary (VAN 3 at CGY 4, OT)

Boston Bruins (11-10)

5/27/11, Eastern Conference Final vs. Tampa Bay (T.B. 0 at BOS 1)

4/27/11, Eastern Conference QF vs. Montreal (MTL 3 at BOS 4, OT)

5/14/10, Eastern Conference SF vs. Philadelphia (PHI 4 at BOS 3)

5/14/09, Eastern Conference SF vs. Carolina (CAR 3 at BOS 2, OT)

4/21/08, Eastern Conference QF vs. Montreal (BOS 0 at MTL 5)

4/19/04, Eastern Conference QF vs. Montreal (MTL 2 at BOS 0)

4/29/94, Eastern Conference QF vs. Montreal (MTL 3 at BOS 5)

5/1/92, Adams Division SF vs. Buffalo (BUF 2 at BOS 3)

4/29/91, Adams Division Final vs. Montreal (MTL 1 at BOS 2)

4/17/90, Adams Division Semifinal vs. Hartford (HFD 1 at BOS 3)

5/14/88, Prince of Wales Conference Final vs. New Jersey (N.J. 2 at BOS 6)

4/24/83, Adams Division Final vs. Buffalo (BUF 2 at BOS 3, OT)

4/25/82, Adams Division Final vs. Quebec (QUE 2 at BOS 1)

5/10/79, Semifinal vs. Montreal (BOS 4 at MTL 5, OT)

4/25/76, Quarterfinal vs. Los Angeles (L.A. 0 at BOS 3)

4/18/71, Quarterfinal vs. Montreal (MTL 4 at BOS 2)

4/7/59, Semifinal vs. Toronto (TOR 3 at BOS 2)

4/8/52, Semifinal vs. Montreal (BOS 1 at MTL 3)

4/3/45, Semifinal vs. Detroit (BOS 3 at DET 5)

4/3/41, Semifinal vs. Toronto (TOR 1 at BOS 2)

4/2/39, Semifinal vs. NY Rangers (NYR 1 at BOS 2, 3OT)

Game 7 Results, 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Date Result Notes

4/26 Buffalo 2 at Philadelphia 5 Flyers chased Sabres starter Ryan Miller

4/26 Chicago 1 at Vancouver 2 (OT) Blackhawks' Toews tied it late, Canucks' Burrows scored in OT

4/27 Montreal 3 at Boston 4 (OT) Nathan Horton scored his second OT goal of the series

4/27 Tampa Bay 1 at Pittsburgh 0 Dwayne Roloson made 36 saves for the shutout

5/12 Detroit 2 at San Jose 3 Sharks prevailed in sixth one-goal game of the series

5/27 Tampa Bay 0 at Boston 1 Nathan Horton scored second Game 7 GWG in a month

Game 7 Results, Stanley Cup Final

Year Result Notes

1942 Detroit 1 at Toronto 3 Three goals in third period overcame 1-0 deficit

1945 Toronto 2 at Detroit 1 Babe Pratt's power-play goal in third period broke 1-1 tie

1950 NY Rangers 3 at Detroit 4 (2OT) First Game 7 in Final decided in overtime

1954 Montreal 1 at Detroit 2 (OT) Most recent Game 7 in Final decided in overtime

1955 Montreal 1 at Detroit 3 Alex Delvecchio scored two; Gordie Howe added the other

1964 Detroit 0 at Toronto 4 Leafs' third straight Cup win; Johnny Bower recorded shutout

1965 Chicago 0 at Montreal 4 All goals in first period; Gump Worsley recorded the shutout

1971 Montreal 3 at Chicago 2 Henri Richard scored game-winner in third period

1987 Philadelphia 1 at Edmonton 3 Oilers tallied one goal in each period to overcome early deficit

1994 Vancouver 2 at NY Rangers 3 Mark Messier scored game-winner in second period

2001 New Jersey 1 at Colorado 3 Alex Tanguay had three points; Ray Bourque gets first Cup

2003 Anaheim 0 at New Jersey 3 Home clubs won all Final games for the first time since 1965

2004 Calgary 1 at Tampa Bay 2 Ruslan Fedotenko scored both Tampa Bay goals

2006 Edmonton 1 at Carolina 3 Frantisek Kaberle scored the game-winner in second period

2009 Pittsburgh 2 at Detroit 1 Maxime Talbot scored both Pittsburgh goals