Well, here we are, folks. Tonight could potentially be the final game of the NHL season, if the Vancouver Canucks are able to play something approaching decent hockey in Boston and take it to the Bruins.
I mean... let's be honest, the Canucks have been completely manhandled so far at TD Garden: In games three and four combined, Vancouver was outscored 12-1 and could barely get a sniff of offence against Tim Thomas despite plenty of shots against him. The Canucks are just one win away from the Cup, but their lacklustre offence has made it a much tougher road than it should have been--and if their offence doesn't pick up, they may be in for even more trouble.
The Bruins, on the other hand, need to get their offence going, too. It sounds weird considering they scored 12 goals in their two wins, but they've scored just two goals in their three losses. They'll need to get their offence in tonight if they're going to extend their season another game.
As an aside: Does anyone else think the number of NHL arenas named after Canadian banks is kind of weird? Obviously we have Scotiabank Place and there's also the Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary), but we've also got TD Garden (Boston) and RBC Center (Carolina). The number is weird, as is the fact that the Royal Bank of Canada is the sponsor whose name is on the front of the Carolina Hurricanes' arena.