A Pair of Game Sevens
It is only the second time during the NHL's expansion era that both Conference finals have gone to a Game Seven.
The Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks battle it out in the west, with New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning vying for the honours in the east and Chicago forward Brad Richards will bring a perfect 7-0 Game Seven record into their contest.
The Rangers staved off the threat of elimination as a hat-trick from Derick Brassard led them to a 7-3 Game Six victory over the Lightning at Amalie Arena and they now head back to Madison Square Gardens for the all-or-nothing showdown.
"For us, it's business as usual. We're trying to get our team focused and in the moment and ready to execute. It doesn't get any better than a Game 7, and that's what we've got in front of our fans tomorrow," Vigneault told the media on Thursday.
"Couple things that we feel that we can clean up to play a better game, and that's what tomorrow's about. It's about us going out, making plays.
"We need to make better plays. And it's having a real smart work ethic on the ice, and I think if we clean up a couple of areas, and we definitely know we have to bring our A game tomorrow, we'll be in good shape."
If the Rangers are to prevail they will need a big game from Henrik Lundqvist and Vigneault is confident his goaltender will bring his A game.
"You want your players going into this to be confident and to enjoy these games. There's no doubt that Hank takes a lot of pride in his individual preparation and in his performance, and we know that he's going to be ready for tomorrow," Vigneault said
And the Swede won't change his approach to the game.
Lundqvist said: "I don't change anything preseason, regular season, playoffs. I think you feel a little different because of the emotions you have and the expectation and excitement, but my approach and my preparation doesn't change. I think it helps me, at least, under pressure to do the same thing every time"
"Of course you think about it, but then you bring back your focus to where it needs to be, and that is on the job that needs to be done tomorrow.
"Because even though you're close (to the Stanley Cup finals), there is a lot of work to be done to get there. There really is.
"So there is no point going there too much. You need to stay in the moment really. Just control the things you can control. I keep saying that every time. Tiring of hearing it. But I think that's the most important thing."
"I just try to go out and do my job. You're definitely nervous, but it comes down to teamwork. I feel comfortable when we're in the right place, when we're doing good things out there.
"I feel like it's easier for me to focus on my game, and that's a big part of winning these games too. You focus on the team concept and the things that brought you to this moment."
Jonathan Toews feels it is fitting that the clash between the Blackhawks and Ducks has gone to a deciding game.
"I think both teams at times have found it tough, obviously as we've seen, to put two wins back-to-back. I think we've always done a good job of coming back hard after a loss, evening up the series, giving ourselves a chance to stay alive," he said.
"I think they've done a good job of going back and stealing the momentum when we have it. I think when you get to this point, everybody says Game 7, anything can happen. It's what we truly believe. We got to try and change that trend in the next one.
"I think you raise your play every game as you go deeper and deeper into a series.
"I think as a hockey player, you want to talk about the cliché of growing up as a kid, playing on the backyard rink, pretending you're playing that Game 7. You think of that as the ultimate test for any player to see what you got, to see what you can bring in a high-pressure situation like that.
"I think that's the exciting thing. Again, we can resort to our experience in these situations and just feel confident. We're going to go work. Fate's on our side. We'll find a way to make things happen.
"I think, I was saying a moment ago as well, we want to reverse the trend of alternating games back and forth with this team. I think we're feeling good about our game right now. We know we got another step to make if we want to finish the series off on the road."