NEW YORK (May 31, 2006) -- A berth in the Stanley Cup Final is on the line when the Carolina Hurricanes host the Buffalo Sabres in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final Thursday (7:30 p.m., ET, OLN, TSN, RDS, NHL Radio). The winner of Thursday???s game will host the Western Conference champion Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, beginning Monday.
Thursday's game will mark the fourth consecutive season and the seventh time in the past seven seasons a Conference Final has gone the series limit.
A total of 117 series have gone to seven games since the League introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939. The home team has won 73 (62%), the visiting team 44 (38%).
Career Game 7 Player and Goaltender Statistics
Carolina GP W-L G A Pts.
Rod Brind'Amour 2 1-1 0 0 0
Mike Commodore 1 1-0 0 0 0
Bret Hedican 4 2-2 0 0 0
Mark Recchi 4 2-2 2 2 4
Cory Stillman 3 2-1 0 1 1
Oleg Tverdovsky 1 0-1 0 0 0
Doug Weight 3 2-1 0 4 4
Glen Wesley 6 5-1 0 3 3
Ray Whitney 3 2-1 1 1 2
Justin Williams 1 1-0 1 2 3
(PHOENIX, AZ) - The Dallas Mavericks were cold the entire game and didn't really deal with the sudden return of Raja Bell all that well.
Bell came into Game 4 with a partially torn calf, which sounds like an injury that should require lots of rest and subsequent rehab. Except, when the starting lineups were announced, Bell was part of the quintuplet dressed in Phoenix Suns uniforms who would fight to not fall three games to one in the Western Conference finals.
Leandro Barbosa led all Suns players with 20 points, and Phoenix shot 54 percent from the floor, en route to a 106-86 rout tying the series at two games apiece.
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No Raja Bell, no peace.
The Phoenix Suns find themselves down two games to one to the Dallas Mavericks in their Western Conference best-of-seven final, with Bell???s injury playing a leading dramatic role.
The Suns fell to 1-5 this year without Bell after Sunday???s 95-88 loss. His status for Game 4 remains up in the air at the time of publication, but it???s becoming all too clear that the hopes of Suns supporters rest on his strained left calf.
If Bell were a hockey player, they???d call him a ???plumber,??? doing yeoman work on defense while hitting the occasional 3-point shot ??? much like Bruce Bowen of the San Antonio Spurs.
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