Stanley Cup: Quality chances already in Game 7

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BOSTON (AP) - The first three games in Vancouver were low-scoring, but there already have been some quality chances in Game 7.

The Bruins had a loose puck in the paint when Rich Peverley passed it across, but David Krejci couldn’t find his way through traffic to knock it in. At the other end, Henrik Sedin went in front of the Bruins net, but his shot was apparently blocked by the leg of Dennis Seidenberg.

It’s scoreless through six minutes.

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A couple more notes before we get under way.

It’s the 16th Game 7 in the Stanley Cup finals. The home team is 12-3. Vancouver was one of the three: It lost to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in 1994.

The Bruins have never played a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup final.

So far this postseason, though, the Bruins have been in two, going to the limit in the first round against Montreal and in the Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay. (They swept the Flyers in between.)

Vancouver needed seven games to get past Chicago in the first round but then took out Nashville in six and San Jose in five.

Some good signs for the Canucks: Every game has been won by the home team so far this series, and that’s happened six times since the format went to seven games in 1939. The home team went on to win the seventh game three of the previous five times. Home teams are 17-2 in the Stanley Cup final since 2009.

Here’s colleague Greg Beacham’s pregame story on Tim Thomas to hold you over: http://goo.gl/sb7jh.

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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?

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