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The series’ exhausting travel schedule _ Boston has made five cross-continent flights, while Vancouver had a mere four _ hasn’t ratcheted down the intensity late in games.

The Canucks exude a confidence that must be rooted in their strong regular season, not their years of playoff struggles before this breakthrough. Daniel Sedin even guaranteed a Game 7 victory to the Vancouver Sun.

They’ll probably have to attempt it in another nail-biting game in Vancouver, where the Canucks won all three games with goals in the third period or overtime.

The Canucks‘ superior talent has been obvious throughout the season, with Henrik and Daniel Sedin _ the NHL’s last two scoring champions _ leading an aggressive style that showed excitement can win in a league too often dominated by trap defenses.

Since the NHL’s first wave of expansion in 1968, no team has won the Stanley Cup while being outscored in the postseason. The Canucks almost certainly will be the first to do it if they win Game 7: The NHL’s highest-scoring team in the regular season has been outscored 65-58 in the playoffs, and Boston has a 19-8 edge in the first six games.

Both teams could draw emotion from injured players if they choose. Boston rallied around forward Nathan Horton after his season-ending concussion in Game 3, while the Canucks will play Game 7 without top defenseman Dan Hamhuis, lost in Game 1 to an undisclosed injury, and forward Mason Raymond, who broke a bone in his back on a hit by Boston’s Johnny Boychuk early in Game 6.

Horton was the Bruins‘ inspiration in Game 4, and he attended Game 6. He even made the cross-continent trip to Vancouver on Tuesday to support his teammates, who appeared touched by the gesture. The Bruins have set up Horton’s locker and gear in the visitors’ dressing room.

“If the doctor let him, he would play tomorrow,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “We all know that’s not the right decision to make, but that’s the way he’s feeling. He wants to play so badly.”