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Five keys to victory for Vancouver and Boston in Game 6 of Cup final

The Canadian Press
By: The Canadian Press
Jun 12, 2011

Vancouver Canucks\' goaltender Roberto Luongo pauses as he speaks to the media following a team practice at the TD Garden in Boston, MA, Sunday, June 12, 2011. The Canucks will play the Boston Bruins in game 6 of the Stanley Cup hockey final on Monday in Boston. Vancouver leads the series 3-2. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Author: The Hockey News

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Five keys to victory for Vancouver and Boston in Game 6 of Cup final

The Canadian Press
By: The Canadian Press
Jun 12, 2011

BOSTON - The Stanley Cup will be in the building when the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins face one another in Game 6 on Monday night. Here's a look at five things each team needs to do to win the most important game of the season:

Boston

1. Use the crowd: The rocking atmosphere at TD Garden was a big boost to the Bruins in Games 3 and 4, and they'll be looking to harness that yet again. Boston is 9-3 on home ice during these playoffs.

2. Get to Luongo: Life was a little bit too easy for Louie during a 1-0 win in Game 5 on Friday. The Bruins need to send men to the net and create traffic to make his job more difficult.

3. Krejci sighting: It would be a big bonus if Boston's top-line centre made his presence felt. The leading scorer in the playoffs was nowhere to be found in Game 5.

4. Tremendous Thomas: Tim Thomas has only allowed six goals in five games during this series and is a major reason why the final has reached Game 6. He needs to keep that up.

5. Composure: It doesn't get more pressure packed than a must-win game to save the season. The Bruins need to rise to the occasion rather than shrink under the spotlight.

Vancouver

1. Step up the PP: The Canucks are clipping along at a dismal 1-for-25 success rating with a man advantage during the Stanley Cup. If that changes, the chances of success increase.

2. Production from the twins: It's hard to imagine the Canucks winning a game in Boston if Daniel and Henrik Sedin continue to be held off the scoresheet. They've combined for just two points in the series.

3. Goals: It doesn't end with the Sedins. The team is likely going to need more than one goal to win another game in this series.

4. Physical Edler: Alex Edler set the tone in Game 5 by throwing 10 hits and needs to continue discouraging the Boston forwards. He's emerged as one of Vancouver's top defencemen.

5. Luongo in Beantown: Roberto Luongo was scorched for 12 goals in just over five periods in Game 3 and 4 at TD Garden. He'll obviously be looking for a better showing in Game 6.

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Five keys to victory for Vancouver and Boston in Game 6 of Cup final