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2011 NHL Playoffs: Blackhawks Vs. Canucks, Game 7

Beyond what's already been written about this series -- that only three NHL teams have ever come back from being down three games to none, and only one other team in any sport (the 2004 Red Sox over the Yankees) have done the same -- there's one other "hardly ever happens" connected with today's Blackhawks vs. Canucks Game 7.

The Blackhawks haven't even been involved in a Game 7 in 16 years. That year, the truncated season shortened a labor dispute, the Hawks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in a seven-game, first-round series. That team eventually went on to lose in the conference finals. So, of the current Blackhawks, only Marian Hossa, Brian Campbell, Marty Turco and Fernando Pisani have played in a Game 7, and obviously, only three of them will tonight (Turco is unlikely to see action).

The Hawks will have to take this game without Bryan Bickell, who suffered an injured tendon in his wrist in Game 2 and had surgery yesterday. They'll miss the winger's big body; the Hawks have toughened up since Raffi Torres' hit on Brent Seabrook and that's one of the biggest reasons the series has come down to Game 7.

The Canucks are supposed to start Roberto Luongo in goal tonight, after sitting him on Sunday until backup Cory Schneider got hurt. Luongo has been a big game goalie -- he's got the gold medal from last year's Olympics -- but somehow, that hasn't translated into playoff success.

It's win or go home for the summer for both teams. It starts at 9 p.m. CDT and will be on CSN Chicago Plus (and switched over to the main CSN channel after the Bulls game ends). It's also on Versus nationally.