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Wednesday morning look at the final game for the NHL

This is it. The last game of the 2010-11 NHL season. It'll be either Tim Thomas and the Bruins or (insert someone finally stepping up here) and the Canucks winning the Stanley Cup tonight.

*The Vancouver Canucks have traded home victories of increasing intensity with the Boston Bruins for six games, with their veteran goalies dueling before a backdrop of bites, taunts, dangerous injuries and gut-wrenching road losses. The Presidents' Trophy-winning Canucks and the profoundly resilient Bruins will play their 107th and final game when their draining seasons finally end in Game Seven tonight.

Both teams are ready to enjoy their drastically shortened summers, but nobody can bear the thought of coming this far without drinking from the Stanley Cup.

"Everything in the past is in the past," Vancouver center Ryan Kesler said. "If we win [tonight], we become legends."

*The Canucks are counting on fan support as they try to hold serve in a series already featuring six home victories. Only three times in Stanley Cup finals history has a home team won all seven games: in 2003, 1965 and 1955.

*The hockey sticks were loaded on the plane. The goalie pads were placed in the baggage compartment. The skates were stowed on board.

What about the aggressive playing style that brought three dominant victories at home?

The Boston Bruins hoped that also made the 2,500-mile journey to Vancouver in search of hockey's biggest prize in a stirring Stanley Cup finals.

*Even though the team is on the road, Boston police are deploying hundreds of extra officers to patrol the streets around TD Garden and Fenway Park, neighborhoods with dozens of sports bars where fans tend to congregate.

The Bruins also decided against holding a fans viewing party in the TD Garden because of potential problems.

*NHL.com takes a look back at five unlikely names to make the grade in a seventh game.

*Congrats to fellow Southtowner Jeff Lavelle, who finished third out of 3,157 entrants in a World Series of Poker no-limit hold 'em, $1,500 buy-in. He earned $321,947.

---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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Amy Moritz

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