Seven things the Canucks must do in Game 7

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:23 PM ET

VANCOUVER - Seven things the Vancouver Canucks need to do to win Game 7:

1. Roberto Luongo to hold his form. He has been Patrick Roy on home ice and Andre Racicot on the road, to borrow an analogy from Luongo's native Montreal. He has given up only two goals in three games at Rogers Arena. Odds are pretty good that if he has another shutout the Canucks will win Game 7.

2. Get the Sedins off the milk cartons. They haven't been too noticeable in this series except when Brad Marchand is doing something despicable to them and getting away with it. Given Daniel said the Canucks would win Game 7, it wouldn't hurt if he helped them do it.

3. Get the penalty killing back on track. The Canucks gave up two power-play goals to the Bruins in Game 6 after killing off eight consecutive short-handed situations during Games 4 and 5. The Bruins are 1-for-13 on the power play in the games in Vancouver.

4. At least get some chances on the power play. It's probably asking too much at this point for the Canucks to score on the power play. They have one power-play goal in their past 23 chances (early in the third in Game 6 when it was 4-0 for the Bruins). If they can't score they at least need to generate some momentum so it's not a complete buzz kill.

5. Try to get Marchand to do something dumb. Marchand plays on the edge and he admitted he can't help himself going over the line at times. After using Daniel Sedin as a speed bag in Game 6, the refs might be keeping an eye on him, feeling they missed a call there (or not).

6. Get the puck moving east-west in front of Tim Thomas. The Bruins goaltender is an aggressive guy -- just ask Luongo. The Tampa Bay Lightning, which four times scored five goals in a game on Thomas during the East final, did a good job of taking advantage of his aggressiveness by working the puck to the weak side. Just a thought.

7. Have fun and enjoy the moment. Well, not really. I can't believe when coaches say that before a game as big as this one. It's not about fun now. It's about doing absolutely anything and everything to help your team win the Stanley Cup because this might be the best, last shot for a bunch of players in this game.

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