Vancouver Canucks: Can They Win the Puck Battles to Defeat the Bruins in Game 7?
VANCOUVER - If they want to pump up the crowd, the Canucks should play Al Pacino's speech from Any Given Sunday on the big screen before the game. It is one of the greatest sports movie of all time, and that speech beautifully sums up what it takes to win a championship game.
In the previous home games at Roger's Arena, the Canucks sacrificed their bodies and wanted it more than the Bruins. They won those inches that Pacino talks about on every shift, on every battle for the puck, and willed themselves to a win.
They couldn't win those little battles in Boston, and they lost. Badly.
The Canucks just need to dig deep and replicate their will to win from the previous home games one more time.
Raffi Torres. Alex Burrows. Maxim Lapierre.
Not the most skilled players on the Canucks, but they are the hardest workers on the Canucks. Guys who scraped and clawed to make the NHL, and who have to give everything on every shift to stay in the league.
And they have scored the three game winning goals for the Canucks so far in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Raffi Torres was a first round pick in 2000, but he has had problems living up to his potential. This time last year, he was a healthy scratch for the Buffalo Sabres in the playoffs.
Last August, he was unwanted by any other NHL team, and had to take a massive pay cut on a one year contract from the Canucks to stay in the NHL.
Alex Burrows was never drafted. He had to battle his way from the ECHL to the AHL before getting a chance with the Canucks.
Maxim Lapierre was given up on by two teams already this year. The Montreal Canadiens traded him to the Anaheim Ducks, who in turn traded him to the Vancouver Canucks at the trading deadline.
If the Canucks win tonight, Lapierre will be the first player in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup after being traded twice in the same season.
These players know what it is like to have your career on the line every single shift.
And they are the ones that have come up big and scored clutch goals for the Canucks.
Will their teammates follow their lead once more and battle hard on every shift, not surrendering an inch to the Bruins?
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