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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- There were a lot questions about pressure, nerves and sleepless nights. Some wondered about the growing hate between the two teams, the contempt and scrums after whistles.

There were questions about who takes Mason Raymond's spot in the Canucks lineup, and how much of an emotional lift Nathan Horton is, seeing that he traveled with the Bruins to Vancouver.

Of course, some wanted to know how Roberto Luongo, who doesn't speak to the media on game days in the postseason, was feeling.

Here's a look into the minds of the Bruins and Canucks as they prepare for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night in Vancouver:

The Blackhawks just won the Stanley Cup. The team is celebrating on the ice of the Wachovia Center. Adam Burish didn't play in Game 6 of the finals, but came out to celebrate in his full gear ... and then he was asked about Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger.

Remember that?

You know...those "I think Chris Pronger is the biggest idiot in the league" comments. Well, Burish has apologized.

The pomp and circumstance begins at 5 p.m. Saturday when Blackhawks players arrive in limousines and walk down a red carpet surrounded by thousands of fans.

It includes the unveiling of the Hawks' Central Division title and Western Conference title banners, and the raising of the Stanley Cup championship banner. There will be a lot of memories.

But the Hawks also hope all of it brings closure. They want to move on -- sort of, forget about the Stanley Cup -- and go out there and try to do it again. Fittingly, the Hawks host the rival Detroit Red Wings, the epitome of sustained success in the NHL, for their home opener.

"For us, it's going to be special from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then once the ceremony is over it's time to get to work." Patrick Kane said. "It's going to be a special night. It's going to be a pretty fun night, something we'll probably all cherish a long time down the road.

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The names of the Blackhawks are finally engraved on the Stanley Cup. But it had to be fixed -- Kris Versteeg's name was spelled incorrectly.

The "s" and the "t" in his last name were out of order. So, the Cup originally had "Kris Vertseeg" instead of "Kris Versteeg."

Above is a picture of the misspelling on the Cup. It has been fixed -- and Versteeg, now a Toronto Maple Leaf, is grateful.

"It's kind of funny. I may never be one of the biggest names in the game but now it'll go down in history as one of the misspells on the Stanley Cup so I'll take it," Versteeg told the Toronto Star.

"It's just a perfect example of my life. Just something crazy and quirky that's always happening to me."

If you look closely at more recent pictures you can tell that Versteeg's name was clearly fixed.

PHILADELPHIA -- There was Patrick Kane skating wildly away from the play. Patrick Sharp gave chase. Brian Campbell and Andrew Ladd looked lost.

Oh my gosh, I thought. Kane just won it.

PHILADELPHIA -- Most of the Hawks took part in the pre-game skate. Most of the Philadelphia Flyers did not.

During it, the Hawks tried to remain loose -- and young. They shared laughs during drills and joked around with some spectators in the stands.

But as much as they would love to approach Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday as just another game, they all know it isn't. The Stanley Cup is on the line.

PHILADELPHIA -- Andrew Ladd has a pretty good idea of how Flyers coach Peter Laviolette motivates and prepares his teams. Ladd played for him as a rookie with the Carolina Hurricanes when the won the Stanley Cup in 2006.

leightonjpg.jpgPHILADELPHIA -- From a premature tweet on Twitter from the Flyers to coach Peter Laviolette's strong statements, all signs point to Michael Leighton starting in goal for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Hawks at the Wachovia Center.

Told that Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was on the ice for every goal scored by the Blackhawks, Dave Bolland's eyes lit up and his jaw dropped.

Brent Seabrook's favorite player growing up was Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger. He simply idolized the way he played.

But how about now?

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan hailing from the Far Northwest Side. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools.

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