The Finals frontier

We've got another weekend chock-full of varied sports goodies. The Canucks look to bounce back and the Mavericks look to bounce the Heat as the Stanley Cup finals, the NBA Finals, the Belmont Stakes and the college baseball Super Regionals highlight the Games We're Watching.

NHL: After two dominating wins by the Bruins in Boston, the Stanley Cup finals return to Vancouver tied at two games apiece for Friday night's pivotal Game 5 (8 p.m., NBC). Boston outscored the Canucks 12-1 over the two games in Boston, the largest two-game goal differential in Cup finals history. Vancouver needs to get its power play back on track. The Canucks are 1-for-21 on the man advantage this series, and went 0-for-13 in the two games in Boston. Of the 21 previous times the Cup finals have been tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 has gone on to win 15 (71.4 percent).

NBA: This NBA Finals series has been incredible so far, and there's no reason to believe Game 6 will disappoint. After taking two of three at home, the Mavs take a 3-2 series lead to Miami on Sunday night with a chance to close out the Heat for the NBA title (8 p.m., ABC). Miami is 9-1 at home this postseason and Dallas is 6-3 on the road (including a Game 2 win). The Mavs are the sixth team to go up 3-2 while facing Games 6 and 7 on the road. Of the previous five teams, two won the Finals in Game 6 (2006 Heat, 1998 Bulls). The remaining three lost the series in seven games.

NCAA Baseball: The NCAA baseball tournament Super Regionals (college baseball's version of the Sweet 16) start on Friday and Saturday at eight locations around the country. The winners of the eight best-of-three series will advance to Omaha for the College World Series. Seven of the eight national seeds advanced to this year's Super Regionals, including powerhouses Texas and Arizona State, who will face off in Austin (Game 1 is Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN). The two schools have combined for 55 trips to the College World Series and 11 titles. Coverage on the ESPN family of networks starts on Friday and continues through Monday.

Horse Racing: The Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown, will be run this Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. There's no Triple Crown on the line in the 1 ½-mile race, but for only the 20th time in race history, the Kentucky Derby winner (Animal Kingdom) and Preakness winner (Shackleford) will face off. Saturday's race is also the first time the top seven finishers from the Derby will start in the Belmont (5 p.m., NBC).

Major League Baseball: Every team is in action, with a total of 45 games on tap. Check your local listings for all the regular-season baseball games this weekend.

Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.

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