NHL: Vanek, Canadiens Force Game 7

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Gopher Hockey alum Thomas Vanek scored twice on Monday night in Montreal's 4-0 Game Six win over Boston as an already dramatic second-round Stanley Cup playoff series now heads to a deciding Game Seven. 

The Austrian forward put the Canadiens up 3-0 with a power-play goal late in the second period and then added an empty netter in the third -- Vanek now has eight points (five goals, three assists in 10 playoff games this season. The nine-year NHL veteran has 28 points (20 goals, eight assists) in 46 career playoff games. 


Game Seven is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT in Boston (NBC Sports Network). 

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Plenty of Gopher Hockey alums in action tonight in the Stanley Cup playoffs as Paul Martin and Pittsburgh take on the New York Rangers in Game Seven of their second-round playoff series (6 p.m. CT, NBC Sports Network) while Nick Leddy and Chicago take on Erik Haula, Keith Ballard and the Minnesota Wild (8 p.m. CT, CNBC, TSN). The Blackhawks hold a 3-2 lead in the series. 

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