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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Stanley Cup Finals: Preview Boston vs. Vancouver

Starting tonight at 8pm ET, the Vancouver Canucks host the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup. This series will end with one team's fanbase celebrating a championship in a while, as the Canucks have never won the cup in their 40 years, and the Bruins last won in 1972.
The Canucks are heavy favorites to win, as they won the President's Trophy, awarded to the club that finished the regular season with the best record. Additionally, 4 of the last 5 teams that have won the President's Trophy and made it to the finals have lifted Lord Stanley's cup. But don't count out the Bruins yet, who have won two 7 game series (against Montreal and Tampa Bay), and avenged last year's heart break by sweeping the Flyers.
Coming into the series, both teams are playing well. The goalies, Boston's Tim Thomas and Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, have nearly identical numbers and make up 2/3 of the Vezina finalists. Both teams have great offense and depth, and stout defense. But for the Bruins to make it a series and have a legitimate chance of winning this, special teams play will be the deciding factor. The Canucks have the best power play unit in the league, and Boston's power play woes have been well documented. If Boston consistently finds themselves in the box, and is unable to capitalize of their own man advantages, Vancouver should put this series away. But if Boston can stay out of the box, look for the league's top 5-5 team take home the 'ship.
A couple of players to watch for in this series that can have serious impacts for their teams:
-Manny Malholtra has been out with an eye injury that many felt ended his season, but this gritty center has been cleared to play and looking to come back in the series. Whether he makes it back in time for Game 1 is uncertain, but you can count on him providing a huge boost to Vancouver's third line and shutting down Boston's top scorers.
-Roberto Luongo is a tremendous goalie but has a reputation for choking in the big game. Although some believe he has shaken this stigma after backstopping Canada to the gold medal at last year's Olympics, others claim it was Canada's players, not the goalie, that made it happen. Regardless of your opinion on Louongo, everyone can agree that if he can keep his confidence he is one of the best in the world. Canucks fans hope the Luongo of the past 2 rounds shows up, while those in Boston are hoping for vintage Roberto.
-Milan Lucic led Boston with 30 goals this season but has been relatively quiet in the playoffs. The East Vancouver native has the ability to affect the game with his bruising style of play, but too often he becomes passive. If Looch can pick his level of play up in front of his hometown fans and recapture the magic he displayed when he captured the Memorial Cup MVP as captain of the Vancouver Giants, watch out.
-Mark Recchi is one of the league's all time greats, and provides veteran leadership and experience to a Bruins club in these untested waters. Recchi, like Lucic, also hails from the B.C. and is looking to go out on top with family and friends in the crowd. If Recchi can continue his clutch play in big time games, he just might be able to end his stellar career with his 3rd Stanley Cup ring.


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