Seven things the Bruins must do in Game 7

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:09 PM ET

BOSTON - Seven things the Boston Bruins need to do to win Game 7:

1. Brave the early storm. With the Canucks' wonderful crowd urging them on, expect the home team to come out hitting and flying right from the opening faceoff. It would be no surprise to see the Bruins under siege for the first 10 minutes. The Bruins must remain calm, cool and maintain their defence-first approach.

2. Cut the crap. Rookie Brad Marchand has been one of the most pleasant surprises of these playoffs. Unfortunately he also has a penchant for brain cramps -- exemplified late in Game 6 when he smacked Daniel Sedin in the face. The Bruins must stay composed and not get sucked in by Vancouver's theatrics.

3. Shoot for anywhere. From the corner. From centre ice. From the concession stands. It doesn't matter. Given Roberto Luongo's Jekyll and Hyde act during this final, the Bruins' plan should be to make him handle the puck as much as possible. The Bruins need to find out if the Good Roberto or Bad Roberto is in the Vancouver net for Game 7.

4. Dump and thump. The Canucks defence is banged up, so the Bruins must take advantage. With the Stanley Cup in the house, this is not the time to be attempting fancy plays in order to get on a playoff highlight reel. Led by thumper Milan Lucic, the Bruins need to dump pucks in and make Vancouver's bruised blue-liners pay the physical price.

5. No one touches Thomas. Goalie Tim Thomas is Boston's franchise player, so you can bet that Canucks such as Alex Burrows will be taking dead aim at him like bees to honey. Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg have done a nice job clearing Canuck forwards from Thomas's doorstep. Don't stop now.

6. Jam session. Since Luongo plays so far back in his net, Bruins forwards should be holding team meetings at the edge of his crease. Players always talk about getting traffic in front of the opposing goalie in the playoffs; actually doing it is another story. With just two goals in three games at Rogers Arena, coach Claude Julien must address this.

7. No sin bin blues. Tick ... tick ... tick. That's the sound of the time bomb that is the Canuck power play getting ready to explode. During the season, the Canucks were the NHL's deadliest team with the man advantage. While their power play has sputtered in the final, why take chances? Stay out of the box and there will be no Canuck power plays. Simple formula, isn't it?

Mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca

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