To use a horrible cliche, "this is what it is all about!" The Stanley Cup will be at TD Gardens tonight waiting to see if it will be uncased and polished or if the Boston Bruins will live for two more days with a win over the Vancouver Canucks forcing the entire circus to pack up and head west for game seven on Wednesday night.
Vancouver has shown nothing in the two prior games in Boston. Each of their three wins in Vancouver have been by a single goal in dramatic fashion. Going by past experience in this series, you would expect a comfortable win by the Bruins at home. With the cup on the line, anything is possible.
For what it is worth, the consensus of the pundits was Vancouver in six games which is still possible tonight. I'm not sure the smartest men in the press box could have foreseen the way that this series has played out with the dominance of Tim Thomas who is almost a lock for the Conn Smythe, win or lose.
Ryan Porth has a good perspective on what a win tonight would mean to the Canucks. My bet is that they will win it all but that it will be for the home crowd on Wednesday.
Make the jump for all of today's news and links...
In Pred Nation...
Josh Cooper reports that Peter Horachek is no longer in the running for the Dallas Head Coaching job.
Ryan Porth enlists a bunch of folks to have a team by team Central Division Round-up.
Sam Page has a detailed analysis on the values of Joel Ward and Sergei Kostitsyn at OnTheForecheck.
Paul McCann wonders why the Canucks continue to do stuff that comes back to haunt them.
Jeremy Gover has an updated Predators schedule for important Summer dates.
Robby Stanley has thoughts about tonight's game and an update on what is going on at the Predator blogs.
Tim Lucarelli has a good piece on Blake Geoffrion at Dobber Hockey.
Ryan Kesler missed practice yesterday but won't miss what he hopes is the biggest game of his life.
David Staples looks at some stats in the sub-par play of Henrik Sedin.
Meanwhile, Puck Daddy rightfully bashes Mike Milbury for his "Thelma and Louise" comments. What was worse is that the Brothers had never seen the movie and there was some serious "lost in translation" response to Milbury's stupid comment that has manages to raise the ire of women eveywhere.
Ken Campbell looks at all the yapping between teams that has taken place this year at a higher degree than usual.
The normally quiet Sedin brothers both took shots at Mike Milbury calling then "Thelma and Louise." This is a must read!
Barring a total meltdown or a Ryan Kesler hat trick to clinch tonight, it appears Tim Thomas has wrapped up the Conn-Smythe trophy.
Nucks Misconduct is almost ready to call Max Lapierre a playoff hero after being rough on him previously. They also have a good look at what it was like to being the city during game five.
Mike Bolt is one of the Keepers of the Cup and has plenty of tales about what has happened with it. The Cup will be in the building tonight in Boston.
Eighteen years is a long time to wait for the Cup to return to Canada and Canadians will have to bite their tongues and be happy if the Canucks win.
Aaron Rome is on the sidelines and is not happy with his suspension.
PHT looks at the down side of winning a cup.
Around the NHL...
Pierre LeBrun at ESPN broke the story on Saturday that there will be only one NHL outdoor game next year as the Heritage Classic is taking a year off.
The Minnesota Wild have announced Fan-Fest that will be held on the afternoon of the first round of the NHL Entry Draft at the Crown Plaza St Paul.
Oilers Nation proposes that the Oilers burn some cap space by picking up a few bad contracts along with some picks to help rebuild the team. J.P. Dumont was one of the targets listed.
Rob Rossi is expecting a newsy week in Pittsburgh.
The Devils have been in no hurry to re-sign Zach Parise. Arbitration appears likely.
Pensburgh looks back at the turning point in Pittsburgh's season... The Winter Classic.
Braden Holtby talks about growing up in a small town as part of the great "Hockey Diaries" series that has been done for a couple of years by Gemma Hooly and Chris Nelson.
Odds and Ends...
We have been following the plight of the 100 year old Molly Butler Lodge in Greer, Arizona that has been threatened by the huge fire in Eastern Arizona. Here is a YouTube user who has about ten videos from Greer that show the enormity of the fire. Here is a video story from yesterday where News 12 was allowed into Greer.
This is sick. A warped mother has given her child an IOU for a boob job on here seventh birthday.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass