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2011 Stanley Cup:Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks Preview and Prediction

It's been a long and brutal road to the 2011 Stanley Cup Championships, but the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins have found their way to hockey's most exciting stage.

Vancouver is looking for their first ever Stanley Cup, and with the way Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler have been playing recently, the Canucks are coming into the Stanley Cup  off of their best playoff hockey yet.

Boston has five Stanley Cup championships to their name but haven't won one since 1971. The Bruins have the best goaltender in the game right now with Tim Thomas. But Thomas's road has been a long one, having faced two game sevens in this postseason alone. The late-blooming goaltender has a lot of pressure on his shoulders, as well as the weight of the die-hard Boston fans.

#1 West vs. #3 East  
Wednesday, June 1 at Vancouver, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
Saturday, June 4 at Vancouver, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
Monday, June 6 at Boston, 8 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Wednesday, June 8 at Boston, 8 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Friday, June 10 at Vancouver, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
*Monday, June 13 at Boston, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
*Wednesday, June 15 at Vancouver, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS


Vancouver, as already noted, have been lead by Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler the past two series, but their offensive attack is a lot deeper than two scores. The Canucks have depth thanks to the third line of Maxim Lapierre, Raffi Torres and Jannik Hansen. Not always scoring, the third line gives the Canucks a burst of energy that many other NHL teams lack in their third line.

Boston is mainly a defense-orientated teams, but they do have some players who can light the lamp. David Krejci has a playoff-leading 10 goals along with seven assists. Krejci shares a line with Nathan Horton. Both have been Boston's two biggest clutch players. Horton has three game winners, and all of his eight goals have been in victories.


 Vancouver. You won't find a better attacking team in the NHL, especially when on the powerplay.


The Canucks also have the depth in defense. Lead by Kevin Bieksa, the Canucks' defensmen are nine men deep. They're a tough bunch, but they can be bullied. The defensive confidence relies heavily on the play of their goaltender, Roberto Luongo. Otherwise, you could be looking at the best defensive team in the NHL.

Boston's defense has struggled this postseason, but may have fallen back in place last series against the Tampa Bay Lightening. Zdeno Chara and Denis Seidenberg have been key for the Bruins and have really flourished since their pairing after the first two losses in the first round. Boston's second line of Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk haven't exactly been the players the Bruins have hoped, but they have had their moments.


 Vancouver. When this defensive unit is hot( and that's 9 out of ten times) you won't play or watch a better defensive unit.


The big question, heading into the playoffs, for the Canucks was Roberto Luongo. Luongo has been one of the most consistent goaltender in the league when it comes to playing in the regular season, but come playoff time and Luongo has a bad case of choking. Besides a small hiccup in the first round against the Chicago Blackhawks, Luongo has been pretty solid for the Canucks. A calm and collected Luongo is very important if the Canucks want to win their first Stanley Cup.

Boston has the best goaltender in the league with Tim Thomas. Thomas is a grinder, and a very good one. He hasn't been perfect the whole series, but he has been perfect when the team needed him the most. He's more than able to make that game-changing save or shutout a great offensive attack. It's safe to say that Boston relies on their goaltender more than any other player on the team.


 Boston. You can't replicate or ask for a better goaltender than Tim Thomas.

Prediction:Vancouver Canucks in seven.

When push comes to shove, you can't deny that the Canucks have the best all-around team in the NHL. The series will be a grind to the very end though because of the stubborn Boston defense and goaltender, but I suspect the Canucks' offense and tremendous power play unit will be the deciding factor in this year's Stanley Cup Championship.



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The Bruins have the best goaltender in the game right now with Tim Thomas.

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