- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

BOSTON (AP) - When the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, ending an 86-year title drought, there was a total lunar eclipse that turned the full moon red in the sky.

Around Boston, fans are hoping for an astrological repeat tonight when the Bruins play the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. Even those of us who don’t normally look to the heavens to get their news have to admit: It’s a strange coincidence, at the very least, that another Boston team is trying to end a championship drought during another total lunar eclipse.

Of course, who says the stars are favoring Boston?

The Bruins, an Original Six team, haven’t won it all since 1972. But Vancouver has never won the Stanley Cup since entering the NHL in 1970. So maybe the signs favor the Canucks.

We’ll find out soon. The puck drops at the Rogers Center for Game 7 a little after 5 p.m. local time. That’s 8 p.m. back East, where Boston police are bracing for potential bad behavior in case of a Bruins victory. After recent championships by the Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots, there were three fatalities and widespread vandalism. (See the AP story here: http://goo.gl/sbRwp.)

That’s also why there won’t be a viewing party at the TD Garden tonight that would have let Bruins fans watch the game on the video board; police didn’t want an extra 15,000 people gathered in one place.

One place there likely will be crowds: If the Bruins win, two Modell’s Sporting Goods stores are planning to open immediately after the game and stay open indefinitely with Stanley Cup championship hats and T-shirts.