VANCOUVER - Is there a more iconic moment in sports than a Game 7?
Combine that with the Game 7 being waged in the Stanley Cup Finals, and we have a situation where legends will be born.
For all its resonance with fans, in its storied history the Stanley Cup has only been awarded 15 times after a Game 7.
Yet it is a situation that happens every day in the minds of fans, especially kids playing hockey with their friends.
"We played a lot of Game 7s in our basements growing up"
Ryan Kesler agreed when speaking with Ben Kuzma of the Province newspaper.
"This is what you grew up playing for. Game 7 in your driveway."
Everyone as a child dreamed of scoring the game winning goal in Game 7 then hoisting the Stanley Cup.
Tonight, someone from the Bruins or Canucks will have a chance to fulfill that childhood dream.
Tonight, playoff heroes and goats will emerge, and the resulting reputations will follow them for the rest of their careers.
Throughout the day and during the game, I'll keep you updated with the latest storylines, news, and analysis from Game 7 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.