Sedin guarantees Cup victory

Canucks forward Daniel Sedin speaks with the media after practice in Boston, Mass., June 7, 2011....

Canucks forward Daniel Sedin speaks with the media after practice in Boston, Mass., June 7, 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:57 AM ET

VANCOUVER - In a Stanley Cup final that has guaranteed nothing but drama, the unexplainable goaltending swings of Roberto Luongo and guys running their mouths and each other, why not a guarantee for Game 7?

In Mark Messier-like fashion, Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin has put it all out there heading into Wednesday night's finale against the Boston Bruins.

He left no question which team will be skating around Rogers Arena holding aloft the Stanley Cup.

"We're going to win Game 7," Daniel Sedin told the Vancouver Sun.

"We're 3-3 and we won all three games at home and we have the fourth game at home. So we have the seventh game at home and we'll take that. We are confident."

It's hard to argue with Sedin's logic. This has been a homer series with the Canucks winning all three games at Rogers Arena, although all three were excruciatingly close (1-0, 3-2, 1-0). Luongo was the star.

It was a completely different story in Boston where the Bruins won all three games by a combined score of 17-3 and Luongo was yanked twice by Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.

Now it comes down to one game for the Cup.

Does it get any better than that?

Well, yeah, when one of the stars from one of the teams guarantees his team is going to win.

The Canucks have been giving the Bruins lots of bulletin board material during the course of this memorable final.

Why not more heading into Game 7?

"It's the last game of the year and we have to throw it all out there," said Bruins forward Michael Ryder, who capped a blitz which saw the Bruins scored four goals in four minutes 14 seconds early in Game 6, a record for a Cup final.

"We have to make sure we bring the same intensity we did (in Game 6) and physicality and the same emotion and if we do that, especially early in the game, we'll get the momentum and go from there."

One team will end a very long Stanley Cup drought.

The Bruins have not won a Cup since 1972.

The Canucks have never won one in their 40 years in the NHL.

"It has been a long time since there was a Cup here (in Boston) and Vancouver has never won one," Bruins forward Brad Marchand said. "We're both in a very difficult situation. We both want it really bad."

The Bruins and Canucks survived first-round scares to get here, each beating its respective nemesis in overtime of Game 7. The B's beat the Montreal Canadiens and the Canucks outlasted the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks.

"As we have been saying all this way through, we know what the prize is at the end. It's right there," said Vancouver forward Manny Malhotra, one of many great stories in this final, having overcome a career-threatening eye injury to get a chance to lift the Cup.

"We've all dreamed of this at one time or another in our youth or in our career. If someone would have said (last September) you get to play one game in Vancouver in the Stanley Cup final, we would have taken it all day long."

There has been a lot of talk in this series and Daniel Sedin's guarantee is the climax.

It doesn't get better than that.

But now, with just one game for it all, Malhotra summed it up with just a few words.

"There's nothing left to do," he said, "but play."

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