One game for Lord Stanley's Cup
NHL: Tonight, it's winner-take-all in the battle for Lord Stanley's Cup when the Canucks and Boston Bruins take the ice in Vancouver (8 p.m., NBC). The Bruins have never played in a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup finals; the Canucks are 0-1 (1994). Boston has outscored the Canucks 19-8 in the series and only four teams have ever won the Stanley Cup while being outscored in the finals. It's the 16th time the Stanley Cup finals have gone to a Game 7. Home teams are 12-3 all-time, but the last time the finals went the distance, the road team pulled it off (Pittsburgh in 2009).
On the ice, tonight's game comes down to goaltending. The Bruins' Tim Thomas has been phenomenal the entire series. Roberto Luongo has been great at home (.979, two goals) and a sieve on the road (.773, 15 goals). Will this pattern continue tonight? A win for Vancouver would be the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. A Bruins win would end a 39-year title drought. This is must-see TV.
MLB: ESPN's "Wednesday Night Baseball" has the struggling Texas Rangers (losers of 6 of 8) at the New York Yankees who will be without shortstop Derek Jeter until at least June 29 due to a calf injury (Derek Holland vs. Ivan Nova, 7 p.m.). ... The Detroit Tigers knocked Cleveland out of first place in the AL Central last night, and now the Indians look to get back on track and reclaim a tie at the top of the division (Fausto Carmona vs. Brad Penny, 7:05 p.m.). ... The Tampa Bay Rays ended the Boston Red Sox nine-game winning streak Tuesday night and the AL East rivals have another showdown at the Trop tonight (Josh Beckett vs. Jeremy Hellickson, 7:10 p.m.). ... Roy Halladay pitches tonight for the Philadelphia Phillies against the Florida Marlins. Do you need any other reason to watch? (Halladay vs. Anibal Sanchez, 7:05 p.m.).
Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.