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Monday morning look around the NHL

Happy Monday. We could have the final game of the 2010-11 NHL season tonight.

*Bucky Gleason is in Boston, and he writes the Canucks are one win from winning their first Stanley Cup in franchise history while the Bruins are looking to force Game Seven. Both teams have won their games at home. You would think at this stage of the series that they would have much more on their minds than postgame comments.

*Even after all the taunts, bites and vicious hits the Vancouver Canucks have thrown at the Boston Bruins the past two weeks, skating the Stanley Cup around the TD Garden ice would be the biggest insult of all. The Canucks could do it after Game Six tonight, when they'll attempt to clinch the testiest Stanley Cup in recent memory. If the Bruins win, the series will be decided Wednesday in Vancouver.

*The Boston Bruins know their hopes of getting back to Vancouver and a chance to win the Stanley Cup ride largely on how they play in front of the Canucks' net. Get traffic in front of goalie Roberto Luongo and start launching pucks his way. It's a simple formula that helped the Bruins go 2-0 at home in the Stanley Cup finals, but hasn't translated north of the border.

*Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome wouldn't change much about the hit on Boston's Nathan Horton that got him suspended for the rest of the Stanley Cup finals. Rome spoke Sunday for the first time about his finals-record four-game suspension after skating with the Canucks in practice heading into Game Six on Monday.

"I've got to play on the edge, and I guess that was a little bit over the edge," Rome said.

*TSN.ca reports that Winnipeg General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff informed head coach Craig Ramsay that he intends on interviewing other candidates for the job. Ramsay, contacted Sunday by the Winnipeg organization, has also agreed to an interview as part of the process.

*USA Hockey's Board of Directors voted in favor of banning bodychecking at the Pee Wee (11- to 12-year-olds) level during the youth hockey governing body's annual meeting.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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