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Boston Bruins fans celebrate in Boston after the Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in Game 6 of the hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Monday. (AP)
Boston Bruins fans celebrate in Boston after the Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in Game 6 of the hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Monday. (AP)

You don't have to be a hockey fan to know about tonight's big game between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks. If the B's win, it would be their first championship since 1972. If they lose...well, we don't want to think about that just yet..

The puck drops at 8 p.m. in Vancouver, Canada. On this side of the continent, Bruins fans are getting ready — and you can see the black and gold just about everywhere in Boston.

Police in Boston are also preparing and promising a show of force to keep the crowds under control. And for good reason. Boston police have had mixed success dealing with post-big-game rowdiness, which has left at least three people dead in recent years.

In an effort to avoid more of that tonight, city officials decided not to allow a viewing party for fans at TD Garden. Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis says part of the reason for the decision is that his department did not have enough time to plan for the event. Police and officials at TD Garden were also unable to reach an agreement about the sale of alcohol at the viewing party.

"Had this been an event without liquor sales, we would have embraced it and said lets have a family event there, no problem," Davis said.

Guests:

  • Edward Davis, commissioner, Boston Police Department
  • Bill Littlefield, host, WBUR's Only a Game
  • Stephen Quinn, host, "On the Coast" for the CBC in Vancouver

This segment aired on June 15, 2011.

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