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Stanley Cup Today: It's do or die

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  June 24, 2013 07:56 AM

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As the Bruins face a must-win situation in Game 6 tonight to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive, questions swirl on both sides.

Most notable is the status of the Bruins' Patrice Bergeron and the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews, both of whom left Saturday's Game 5 with injuries. Today's morning skate will shed some light on the situation, but it's possible we won't know for sure if either will play until gametime.

One thing's for certain – the Stanley Cup itself will be in Boston tonight in case the Blackhawks win. A Bruins win pushes the series to a deciding Game 7 on Wednesday night.

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Links from Chicago

The Chicago Tribune is surveying readers on whether Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk should have been suspended for his hit on the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews. We'll give you one guess which answer is leading right now.

The Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus writes the Blackhawks know a fourth win in the series will be the toughest to get.

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What you may have missed

Stats Driven blogger David Sabino writes that the Bruins are at their best when facing elimination.

Bruins coach Claude Julien thinks the Boychuk hit on Toews was clean.

Obnoxious Boston Fan weighs in as well with a post headlined Bruins walk tightrope against Chicago.

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Hot on social

Today's forecast: Highs in the 90s. Stanley Cup weather.

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What's coming

Boston Sports Live at noon will focus on Game 6, and we'll also have a live pregame show from TD Garden at 6 p.m. Look for a video player in the Bruins blog as well as on BDC's homepage and sports page.

Our live coverage page will feature an updates blog and fan chat that will be promoted on both Boston.com and the Chicago Tribune's website.

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